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First Tattoo Knowledge And Tips

Updated on May 14, 2012
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.



There are many important things that you should know before you go in to get your first tattoo or any tattoo. From tattoo location to tattoo artist, there are a list of things that you should consider before you get inked. In this article, you will learn everything that is needed to ensure that your entire tattoo process goes smooth as possible.



The very first thing that you want to do is look through a variety of different tattoo symbols and designs. The purpose of doing this is so you can get an idea of what you like and what you don't like. You need to decide if you want to include a specific style first. Two of the most popular styles are tribal art and Celtic art.

Tribal art first originated thousands of years ago. Tribal art is a real popular choice today in tattoos. Ancient tribes first began tattooing tribe members for a variety of different purposes. They would get tattoos to symbolize their rank in the tribe and for specific life events and accomplishments. Tribal art can be used to decorate other tattoo symbols.

Celtic art can also be associated to a variety of different tattoo symbols also. Celtic art is a series of complex curvilinear designs that have no ending or beginning. This is commonly known as Celtic knots or knotwork. Celtic art first originated in ancient European cultures and as of today, it has spread all across the globe.



If you don't prefer a specific style, you then need to begin researching all the different tattoo symbols that are available. There are literally thousands of tattoos symbols to choose from. Many people try to find a tattoo symbol that is unique to them. Others choose tattoo symbols that are beautiful and creative. Some may choose a specific tattoo symbol for symbol purposes, while others view their tattoo in a fashion sense.

Most tattoo symbols have a history and meanings that are associated to them. It is very important to research, learn, and completely understand what your tattoo symbol represents. Always take the time to do your own research. People rush into the tattoo process and many get a tattoo that they don't fully understand or they get a tattoo that they later regret. Always know what your tattoo symbol stands for.

There are a variety of popular tattoo symbols to choose from, such as the butterfly, heart, skull, and feather. Most popular tattoo symbols hold symbolic value and meanings to the wearer. The butterfly tattoo is a very popular choice among women. The butterfly is both beautiful and symbolic. One of the most common meanings of the butterfly tattoo is transformation. This is because the butterfly goes through metamorphosis, where it change from the caterpillar into the butterfly. This meaning can be represented in the butterfly tattoo. You will find out that most animal tattoos hold meanings that are associated to the animal's traits and characteristics. If you take your time and do your research, you are more likely to find a tattoo symbol that you will be happy with in the end.



When you are choosing your tattoo symbol and styles, you have to consider the size of the tattoo and where you want to get inked on your body. This can also depend on what tattoo symbol and art you want to associate with your tattoo design. Some tattoos look good big and others look better small. Take the bee and ladybug tattoo. The bee and ladybug are both small. Although they can be done as a large tattoo, it just wouldn't look right. Yes, you can get these tattoo symbols done as a large back tattoo, but they look so much better as a small tattoo.

There are tattoo symbols that look good in all different sizes, but size is still something you may have to consider. For example, dragon tattoos can be done in a variety of different sizes. The dragon can look good as a smaller tattoo or a large tattoo. The size of your tattoo can also affect where you get your tattoo inked on your body.

You also want to get a general idea of where you want to show your tattoo on your body. Women and men usually differ when it comes to tattoo locations on the body. Men usually get tattoos on the upper arms, back, shoulders, and legs. Women usually get tattoos on the lower back, stomach, sides, ankles, and on the back of the neck. You can usually get a tattoo nearly anywhere you want as long as the tattoo design will fit in that area. If you are wanting to get a lower back tattoo, then you want to choose a tattoo design that will fit there. If you are still not sure what kind of tattoo that you want, you can always go to a tattoo shop and look at everything that they offer.



It is better if you take the time to research and have a general idea of what you want before you go to a tattoo shop. Sometimes it is very hard to pick a final tattoo design or symbol. If you are still not sure, you can always visit a tattoo shop and they will have a variety of different tattoo designs that you can look at.

It is very important to find a tattoo artist that is a quality artist and one that you trust. I know that this may depend on where you live and how far you can travel. Some tattoo artist charge more for their tattoos, so money can always be an issue as well. The best advice that I can give you is to research the tattoo artist that you want or choose too go to. There are a lot of tattoo artist that post their work online. Take the time to view their work and make your own decision. You can also go to their shop and ask to view their work. This will give you a general idea of what tattoos they do and their quality of work. You also want to make sure that the tattoo shop is clean and professional looking. If not, you want to make sure you personally know the artist.

Many people choose to not get a tattoo because they think it is very painful. Yes, it is a little painful, but it is not as bad as one would think. Don't hesitate to get your first tattoo if you are scared. If you really want the tattoo, go for it.

As you have read, there are a lot of important things to do prior to getting your tattoo. Remember, your own personal research is very important. You want to know what your tattoo represents and stands for before you get it tattooed. You want to have a general idea of what you want, what size, and where your getting it tattooed. Below, you can find a variety of different tattoo styles and symbols to choose from. Get great tattoo ideas, designs, styles, and meanings.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Nighthag, thanks for taking the time to drop by. Can't wait to see it when you get it done.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Some good advice here, which of course I am going to follow for my first birthday tattoo this year :) Thank you again for a thoughtful helpful article

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all very much! I appreciate all your comments and support. I have been so busy lately due to work and my father-in-law's illness. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      That Butterfly Tatto is unbelievable...It almost looks 3D! I love how you take the time to Explain the meanings behind each one. As usual Lyric, a very Interesting and Educational read.

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      8 years ago from colombo, Sri Lanka

      It's really hard to get this much of information from even a tattoo artiest. So this information are very useful. Great job. vote up..!!!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great information about tattoo. I learn many things from you. Good job and rated up!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great information,years ago i thought of getting a tattoo but it is now something i would not do.

      Vote up !!!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not that I would get a tattoo, but this is a nice overview of what's involved. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      8 years ago


      Interesting hub, with useful info. for first timers. You said correctly: "Women and men usually differ when it comes to tattoo locations on the body. Men usually get tattoos on the upper arms, back, shoulders, and legs. Women usually get tattoos on the lower back, stomach, sides, ankles, and on the back of the neck." Also, the top of the shoulder has become a quite popular placement for women as well as men. Also, while the sleeve (half-/full-) used to be almost exclusively a male preserve, more women are getting sleeves; also, the inner wrist is very popular with women.

      Gypsy Rose Lee: so did you mean you also are among the ones considering it? (Anyway I shall have to come and visit your hubs about Latvia again.)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If i wasn't such a chicken, I would get a little heart on my ankle. I used to go to Florida in the winter, I had a dear friend there who had one on her ankle, she almost had me talked into going to have one, but i chickened out, AGAIN.. I liked this hub..Voted up and interesting...

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great informational hub for newbies. Voted up and useful, Joyce.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Great job my friend informing those who are considering getting tattoos.

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      8 years ago

      Great article I myself have too many to count but I don't regret a single one very useful tips and well put together

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      this like always top notch! the lyricwriter :) Frank

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      8 years ago from California

      I've been thinking about getting a tattoo, thanks for the article. It was very helpful. What are your thoughts on UV tattoos? I've been thinking about going that route.


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