Hello, witches! Today we’re going to talk about one of my favourite things ever: TATTOOS!!! I fuckin’ love tattoos! I want to cover my whole body in them and look like a bad ass witch ready to slay and scare all the conformists. Cause your body is a temple, so why not decorate it to your liking?
(This is a photo from about 6 years ago when my unicorn tattoo was pretty fresh)
1. It’s permanent
Ok, ok, I know we have lasers now or cover-up tattoos, but do you really want to spend thousands of dollars and go through pain to remove something you could have avoided in the first place? Now, I’m not against tattoos, I myself, have three and wish to get more, but what I’m trying to say is you should really think it through. If you’re the type of person that changes his/her style often, can’t usually commit to things, maybe tattoos are not right for you. And let’s not forget about what you want to get tattooed on yourself. I’d suggest skipping the name of a lover because not even marriage is permanent. A child will forever be yours though (I hope). If you love a band, try to think if you’ll love them just as much in 10 years, and how much you love now the band you adored 10 years ago. Things like our favourite movie, band, actor, or designer change pretty often. If thinking about them doesn’t remind you of an important event/period of your life, then I’d suggest skipping it. But if that band or whatever will bring back beautiful memories, then go for it! Get their name tattooed on your body.
(My tattoo when it was freshly made)
2. Be original
Every time I see someone that walks into a tattoo parlour with a picture of someone else’s tattoo and say they want the exact same thing, I die a little bit on the inside. Someone, the artist, created the concept of that tattoo according to the personality and requests of the client. That tattoo was moulded to fit someone’s life experience and you’re just stealing that because you think it looks cool. WITCH, NOOOO! A tattoo artist is not a Xerox machine, a tattoo artist is trained to take your concept, ideas, desires and transform them into a personal piece of art that has his/her artistic print. It is insulting to them and the client to steal their tattoo design. It’s one thing to go into the tattoo parlour with someone’s classic Japanese koi fish tattoo design, and another to ask the artist to make you a Japanese koi fish tattoo.
(Yes, I have a basic snowflake tattoo, a simple, generally used design which was then personalised by the tattoo artist when he did the colouring. The shape of the snowflake has no owner, it can be found in many places, it is basic in look but special to me in its’ meaning.)
3. The Artist
The most important component of the tattoo is the artist. You can have the best and most original idea ever if it’s executed poorly and you also leave with a skin infection. Look at his portfolio, at the salon he works at, experience. Each tattoo artist has a speciality, some are great at classic tattoos, Japanese style tattoos, portraits, etc. Try to find the one most compatible with your style.
I’m not talking about the location of the tattoo parlour, but that of the tattoo itself on your body. You need to take multiple factors into consideration when deciding where to place your tattoo. If you’re a woman and want to have a baby, I don’t recommend getting a tattoo on your belly, or you might wake up to find that your delicate butterfly has not transformed into a moth but into a freakin’ hawk.
Will your job be affected by a visible tattoo? Or does your weight shift often? These are all things you should think about. I made my first three tattoos in spots that I could easily expose or hide because I did not know what career I was going to choose. I also chose spots that don’t really change much if I gain or lose 10 kg (back of the neck, foot, shoulder blade). Soooo, think about that!
5. The Price
A tattoo is in no way something you should be frugal about. You pay for quality! OK, nobody’s saying you should go to Ami James or Kat von D and pay a 1000 dollars for a dot, but generally, price dictates quality. You pay for the talent, originality, and years of practice of the tattoo artist. Also, a higher price should mean better quality ink, disposable needles and the fact that he is appreciated. In the end, a tattoo is a piece of art you will carry on your skin for the rest of your life.
Yes, you have to take care of your tattoos. You need to be sure that you can commit to having them redone after a few years. Depending on your sun exposure, type of skin and quality of the ink, black ink can turn green and coloured ink fades away faster. If you like to constantly be exposed to the sun, think twice before getting a really complicated tattoo in a really painful spot, do you really want to feel that pain every 6 years? Do you still wanna commit?
(As you can see, the outline of my tattoo is not perfectly straight because it had a hard time healing. The foot is a very sensitive area and it kept shaking.)