Well, if you take the time to really consider what you want, I think you'd be less likely to. If you choose something you consider pretty, and that's personal to you, you're a lot less inclined to regret your decision, especially if it's taken you some time planning exactly what you'd like.
(Original post by Jennie027)
That's probably true
I wouldn't have a clue what to get anyway and after a while I'd probably regret it!
I think the problem is often that too many people make a decision on a tattoo in the spur of the moment, or very quickly. The amount of posts I've seen on Facebook from people saying "going to get a tattoo on Friday, what should I get?" is staggering. If someone's thought is just that they want a tattoo and they go into a tattooists and pick, essentially, a design off the wall then it's not all that surprising that they grow to regret it.
If you plan to get a tattoo, try and set a time that's at least a month or so away, as it'll give you real time to consider it and see if your mind changes. First of all, decide what you want by looking at other designs and designing your own or, if there's an image you really like somewhere, going with that. Then decide where you want it. Or, alternately, decide where you want it and then create/pick an image that suits that area of your body. If you also wear the temporary outline of the tattoo - the non-permanent stencil the tattooists gives you to put on the area you'll be getting the tattoo, which looks like a rudimentary outline of the tattoo - you'll get more of an idea if you could live with a tattoo in that position.
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I have 3 tattoos...2 small and one big. I'm waiting to have the big one coloured, but I totally love them! The small ones are very simple, but the big one is really detailed: I was worried that it was going to get ****ed up because of the concentration needed to not mess it up. Luckily though, I booked with a very talented artist. And the price was awesome! Best part of 2 hours for 80 quid. I'm currently planning a half sleeve, but I'm going to give myself the time needed to decide whether I want it for the rest of my life. Atm, I'm certain, but I wouldnt want it being a rash decision in hindsight.
As for the people saying 'What's that going to look like when you're 80??'...I don't think that looks will be my top priority at that age. I just want to make the most of what I have now: and if that means wanting a tattoo or 4, then so be it.
However, when I was waiting in the studio for my appointment, the number of people coming in asking for immediate appointments after flicking through the art books was absolutely shocking! They were mostly mothers and daughters....I hate it when mothers try to be 'hip' and 'cool' ...mutton dressed and acting like lamb isn't cool. I'd also hate to know that a tattoo design on my body was originally for someone else, and that hundreds, if not thousands of people already have that exact same tattoo design on their body.
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