Design Your Own Tattoo


If you’re under the impression that you need to have excellent artistic abilities to design your own tattoo, you’ll probably enjoy knowing that this isn’t true. As long as you put your thoughts and feelings into your tattoo design, you can come up with something amazing that is very special to you.

To design your own tattoo, you will need:

  • Pencil or Ink Pens
  • Crayons or Markers to Add Color (optional)
  • Paper
  1. Decide whether you’d like to draw it or relay your ideas to an artist. Even though you probably have what it takes to design your own tattoo by yourself, you can also give your ideas to a tattoo artist. However, when you do this, you run the risk of getting a sketch that looks nothing like what you have in mind. If possible, you can even show images or other tattoos to the artist so that they can get a better idea of what you’re talking about.
  2. Look at other designs for inspiration.  If you’ve decided to go ahead and design your own tattoo, you may find that you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. In this case, check out some of your friends’ tattoos or go online to see the different types of designs. Most tattoo shops even have loads of samples to look at.
  3. Don’t try to start with a masterpiece. Many people end up with an awkward tattoo design when they try to put all the bells and whistles into it right from the beginning. If anything, just begin with something very simple such as a shape or symbol that holds lots of importance to you.
  4. Go off of that shape or object by adding more features to it and color. Once you’ve got your shape or symbol down and you’re happy with it, it’s time to add in detail and color. You can even add those classic ribbons in behind it or add shading and texture. Try to get creative with this idea.
  5. Add text and spend time on the shape and form. This is only if you’re interested in adding text. Text is one of the most challenging aspects of designing a tattoo, so if you can’t get it right, trace it. Nobody will know the difference.
  6. Give it to the artist. Once you’re finished and happy with your design, it’s time to present it to the tattoo artist. They may even help you spice the design up and correct minor issues with it. After you’ve reviewed the final sketch with your artist, it will be ready to go onto your body!
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