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New Tattoo Design Ideas

Updated on February 2, 2017

Custom Tattoo Design Ideas

Are you looking for a custom tattoo design? Some people wear a tattoo because it is fashionable, but other have a deeper and more spiritual reason. Whatever the reason you are looking for a new tattoo design, you can find many styles and designs to choose from online.

Tattoos are addictive. Like the old Lays potato chip commercial, you can't have just one! For that reason, people are always looking for a new design that appeals to them.

Your tattoo is the expression of who you are, who, and what is a part of your life or your life experience. Because your life experience is constantly changing, you are looking for new ways to express those changes with different custom tattoo designs.

“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.”

— ― Johnny Depp
Tattoo in Process
Tattoo in Process | Source

Three Great Sites for New Ideas

Tattoo Tribes

Tattoo Tribes, has hundreds of designs suited for black work. They also have a visualizer, to help you see how you will look. You can also downloads images.

Old Timer Tattoo

If you want to go old skool this is a great site to get styles from the 60s and 70s. You don't have to be an old salty sailor to get these retro designs.

Tattoos by Design

Tattoos By Design, is located in the UK. It is a community site where artists can share design ideas and get images and ideas. It is $19 a year for membership.


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What are you Looking for?

To start off, you will need to decide what kind of tattoo you want. What is your purpose for a new tattoo, where you want it placed, how big and how much you want to spend on it? If you are a tattoo virgin, you may want to ask a few friends what getting your first tattoo is like.

There are endless standard tattoos and if you are creative, you can create tattoo designs, that one one else has. There are many categories, a few of these include, Traditional Hawaiian tattoos, religious, tribal body art, Chinese symbols, classic old school, new school, a sleeve, wedding ring tattoos, Celtic and so much more. So you may a lot of searching to do to find your masterpiece!

Tattoo Gun
Tattoo Gun | Source

Your Online Search

You can pay for new tattoo designs, but there are also site where you can find the specific design you are looking for free. Most of them, all you have to do is sign up. Some of the free tattoo designs sites are: has everything from Celtic to Prison tattoos and their stories. You want to know the history and the meaning of the tat you are considering. Some stencils are available for download., has over 1,000,000 tattoo designs, adding new designs daily, after-care products, videos flash set, test drive tattoos and their feature artist is Cory Miller, from LA Ink! offers free high-quality tattoos to download. Memberships will give you full access to the designs.


Keep Searching

Do a Google search for free tattoo design and peruse the sites until you find one that speaks to you.You find free designs is to do a search engine image search and you will find thousands of tattoo designs to look through.

Use Bing, Google, Yahoo and any engine that has images. Flickr is another place to find free designs. You can also check out forum and tattoo groups, that most of the time love to share pictures of their designs.

When you find your next tattoo, print it out and take it to your artist. If your tattoo artist has a no-copy policy, draw up your own creation similar to the one you want or ask your artist to create something for you. Have fun, be creative, and don't be afraid of being outrageous!

Tattoo in Progress
Tattoo in Progress | Source


Of course, if you are looking for tattoo designs online, chances are, you will not be the only one wearing it, should you choose it. The only way to be sure that your tattoo is a one of the kind is if it comes from your own heart and mind!

Share your vision with your tattoo artist; if he or she is a professional, they should be able to translate the concept for your tattoo into reality. Make sure you get something you absolutely love because you will have it for a long, long time.

So dream big, dream creative, dream unique and you will come up with a special tattoo created just for you and by you!

Unusual Tattoo
Unusual Tattoo | Source

Choosing an Tattoo Parlor

It is important when choose who will do you tattoo to make sure that they practice clean and safe tattooing. Getting a permanent tattoo is a serious procedure, that requires breaching of the skin and contact with body fluids and blood.

Make sure your tattoo artist has a current license and that all areas are clean such as working surfaces and bathroom area. Also, make sure that needles used are taken from a sealed packet and that the ink is fresh.

Safety Percautions

Do not get a tattoo if you have sensitive skin, dermatitis, eczema or any skin eruptions. No sensible tattoo artist will no work on a client that has a rash or skin disease. This will avoid infection or the risk of contamination to the tattoo artist or other clients.

If you have an autoimmune disease such as HIV, Hepatitis C, etc. you may have greater problems with infection or slow healing. Let you artist know you have a disease transmitted by blood, so they can take extra precautions.

A clean parlor is paramount as there is always a risk of contracting Hepatitis C, Aids, HIV, MERSA or deep skin infection when getting a tattoo, so do your homework before choosing a tattoo parlor.


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      lucky 6 years ago

      tattoos are amazing but remember there pement and painful

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is so true. The saying is, "Think before you Ink!"

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      joaniemb 7 years ago from New York

      Tattoos are so permanent, they can be removed but it takes time and quite a bit of money. So I agree do your research before you decide what tattoo you would like do not make a rash decision you may regret.