Original Tattoo Design Ideas
Okay...let's talk about how we can go about getting some original tattoo design ideas.
Whether this is your first tattoo or
just another one along your journey, design is important…and there is certainly no
shortage of tattoo designs to choose from.
As discussed on the home page, the most common are mass produced, traditional and shared designs known as Tattoo Flash...
It's true…there are literally HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of tats out there in the world...and most of them are NOT original – rather, they are based on other pre-existing tattoo design ideas.
Does that surprise you? Think about
it...most people choose their designs from other tattoos they see or photos of the designs – and yes, there is a good chance that you could go ahead and copy an existing design and NEVER run into someone else who has
the same one.
If you are perfectly fine with all that, move onto the next page Find a Great Shop/Artist. No doubt, the right shop will have plenty of very cool designs for your to choose from.
Okay, for those seeking to score original design ideas for their first (or next) tattoo, let me just say that I
was once in your shoes.
So, I made a plan. Read how I came up with My
Original Tattoo Design here.
"How about my own tattoo design ideas?"
"Be an original...like me!"
There are many ways to come up with unique tattoo design ideas. One of which is, of course, to have tattoo art made in the image of a family
member or favorite pet.
Seriously...not much chance of having another one out there just
like it. Same goes for names of family members or close friends. If that is all that you are looking
for, then I think you’ve pretty much got your design figured out. Congrats!
However, if that is not what you are
looking for, your work is not done!
Now, keeping in mind the general idea or theme
that you want to present to the world, let’s continue.
A Copy = Compromise!
Whether it is a simple one-color construction, or an
elaborate mosaic of intertwined figures and symbols, you don’t have to
compromise by using a copy of someone else's tattoo art. Here are some pointers
to help you get some great (and original) tattoo design ideas:
- Tattoo Artist Rework: Any Ink-Master/Mistress worth their salt will be ready and willing for a challenge. Any design and concept
you come up with (using the next steps) might still be improved upon…SO, why
not take it to your Tattoo Artist and ask them to take your design and REWORK
it the way THEY think it should be done? Why not? Tattoo design ideas are a
huge part of what they do for a living and you might be surprised how they can
take what you thought would look really good and turn it into something
spectacular! (If you don’t like it, you can always ask them to stick with what
you brought them…or go someplace else!)
- Get it on Paper: Know anyone who draws well? I
think we all know someone who does, or perhaps we have a budding family artist?
What about you…can you draw reasonably well? Either way, get your ideas on
paper! Even if it is a very rough draft or idea, it can be reworked and
rethought along the way. It is a start!
- Take a Photograph: Have you seen something that
inspires you? Do you just love your car? Did you walk by an extraordinary
building or monument? Are you intrigued by certain animals? What about a
majestic mountain range or beach sunset you snapped on vacation? Of course you
can (and definitely should!) look at all sorts of images on the Internet, but
to ensure originality, a photo YOU have taken has a much better chance of being
- The Written Word: Got any quotes, passages or
mottos that you think describe you or your philosophy? Why not consider
incorporating them into your design? Say you’re into Moby Dick, and you have a
great rendering of the dreaded leviathan. How about taking a passage from the
book? Starts with “They call me Ishmael…” How about just using text as your
design? A quote or sentence in Calligraphy can look wonderful. And to be REALLY
ORIGINAL, take that phrase and translate it into a foreign language. Runes? Arabic?
Chinese? All beautiful visually…and a simple web-search will take you where you
need to be to get the translation and writing. And guess what – YOU will hear
this all the time: “I Love your tattoo! What does it mean?”
- Combine Images: This is really the key to an
interesting and super-unique tattoo design. As I state in my personal story (My
Original Tattoo Design), I wanted to make a design I could add to and build
upon…and the more images/words/designs you add, the more unique your design
will be in the end! Have a design within a design, like my “All Seeing Eye”
shooting out of the chest of my “Phoenix.” This is a great way to do something
- Listen to your Gut: No matter what, you and only
you will know if the tattoo design idea you have come up with is really you…and
is original. Look over these suggestions, read them over a few times and then.
Stop. Listen closely to your instincts…YOU ARE A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL and there is
no reason at all not to show the world (in doses…and in the right environment)
what that is!
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