Our Tip of the Month
It wasn’t long ago that tattoos were considered the purview of sailors, servicemen and motorcycle gangs. But in 21st century America, the tattoo has become a well-respected and even mainstream way to express one’s beliefs, values and ideals. So, it seems perfectly natural that memorial tattoo art has now evolved into a permanent and heartfelt way to remember a loved one who has died.
If you are thinking of getting a memorial tattoo, take your time and plan. Choose an artist who has a reputation for producing quality work and creating the kind of image you want. Some artists create photorealistic tattoos, while others are more interpretative in their work. If you’re stuck, ask some friends who have memorial tattoos who they would recommend.
Be prepared when you visit the artist’s studio. Have a photo or a sketch of what you want the tattoo to look like and plan to spend some time talking with the artist about how they can make your vision real. The tattoo artist will create a drawing of their version of your tattoo. Check it carefully, and if you see something that doesn’t look right, speak up.
Lastly and most importantly, be receptive to suggestions, and take the tattoo artist’s advice. If this is your first tattoo, be prepared for the fact that it will hurt, and don’t insist on getting the tattoo on a particular body part if the artist says it’s not a good idea. The most painful places to get a tattoo are the ribs, spine, hands, feet and head, says Inked magazine. Opt for a spot on your outer arm, upper chest, outer calf or outer thigh instead. And make sure to follow the artist’s instructions when caring for your tattoo after it’s done.
Memorializing your loved one with permanent body art is a beautiful idea. And the result can be a meaningful tribute to your everlasting love. Choose your design thoughtfully and follow a few simple tips, and you’ll be rewarded with a unique tribute that will last the rest of your life.