Tattoos have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Many people make the decision to get a tattoo on the spur of the moment, but this is not a good idea. If you choose from the flash artwork on the walls of the tattoo parlor, which untold numbers of people already have on their bodies, or choose something, that is cute now but may not be later, like a cartoon character, you may regret it later. This can lead to expensive and painful removal or cover-up work. This can be easily avoided by taking a little time to come up with tattoo ideas before setting foot in the shop.
First, think about who is most important to you. Many people choose to get tattoos of their loved ones' names, especially their significant other or children. Others come up with tattoo ideas that symbolize the person, rather than spelling his or her name out. Zodiac signs, flowers, hearts, and stars are especially popular symbols for loved ones. Some mothers get their baby's footprints tattooed on them as well. For the especially brave, portrait tattoos of loved ones are also popular, but this requires a lot of time and money, and not every tattoo artist can do portraits well. Always ask to see a portfolio.
If there's no particular person you'd like to immortalize in ink, consider what is important to you. You can honor your heritage with an appropriate tattoo, such as shamrocks if you're Irish, or the flag of the country your ancestors are from. Another option is to get your family crest tattooed on your body.
Tattoo ideas are not limited to pictures only. If there is a particular saying or quote that has special meaning to you, you can get that saying tattooed in a beautiful script, so that it's always with you. The biggest thing to watch out for when choosing to get a tattoo with words is the spelling. Always double-check the spelling and punctuation before you give the saying to your tattoo artist, and again when he or she places the stencil on your skin. You don't want to be stuck with a misspelled tattoo.
Always think a tattoo through completely before you get it. It does take a bit of thought to come up with tattoo ideas, but it is well worth the time. Since tattoos are basically permanent, you want something unique and personal that you won't regret years down the line.