The story behind one’s first tattoo is as important and relevant as our first kiss or our first day of school. No matter the design, or if you don’t like it anymore, it will always remind you of that excitement you felt at the time. The story of my first tattoo is probably similar to many stories out there. I wish it had such a meaningful background as the one I invented to convince my mom it was a great idea and she could sign the authorization papers. I was reluctant of saying what I got, but I will. My first tattoo is… (drum roll)… a tick. Yes, that’s right. Why did I get that? I am a huge fan of a Spanish band whose logo is a tick, easy as that. However, I still love my tat, because it reminds me of an amazing episode of my life. Moreover, I still fondly remember all the planning related to going to the tattoo parlor and having it done, as well as, of course, thinking for days where I wanted this wonderful tick to be placed. And that’s exactly the point I want to talk about.
Choosing the ideal place for a tattoo, whether it’s your first one or not, is always something we spent some time considering. I believe most of us first think about the design and then the placement, because we tend to prioritize the meaning of the image. Actually that can backfire, since most of the times, the movement of our body doesn’t really match or can make the designs look odd. The most common places to get a tattoo are the back (where I have my lovely tick), the arms, and the legs. With the popularization of tats, some other places have become highly fashionable, like the hip bone or the tramp stamp (oh, my god, that’s so early two thousands!). Now, the trendy spots are fingers, ribs, and –our protagonist of the day– the collarbone. It doesn’t really matter the reasons behind you choosing a spot or a design, as long as they make sense to you, but what’s very important to bear in mind is that they must be in harmony, especially for a spot as complicated and as exposed as the collarbone.
This area is one of the most sensual parts of the female body. It's precisely it's natural lines what make of the collarbone one of the favorite spots for getting a tattoo. You know how nowadays makeup techniques focus on highlighting the bones of the face where the light hits. Well, it's been also applied to this particular region to make the bone pop. Tattoos in this area can make that effect quite nice if they follow the natural lines of the body, so take contouring to the next level!
As I mentioned before, it's not just about which design you want to get, so you must bear in mind that this is not a flat surface and not every image will work as you pictured it. It's important to take into account that the best option for this spot is getting linear designs, images with movement, or even phrases. Others can get distorted with the natural movement of the body.
Another important issue to have in mind is that this is a highly painful spot because it's a bony region. If you don't have a high tolerance for pain, this might not be a good idea. When we're getting a tattoo, we must try to stay as still as possible. If you're in constant pain and it's difficult for you to endure it, the tattoo won't turn out as you expect, so you'll have an incomplete or flawed design you'll probably won't want retouch. Which leads me to the next point.
This is one of the most exposed spots to have a tattoo, and unless you dress every day with turtlenecks, it's going to be quite visible. You must be a hundred percent sure that this is the spot you want your tattoo on because, even if you regret it one day and decide to erase it with the laser technique, the marks will still be there. So, yes, it's a very fashionable spot, but I think you must be very bold to get it.
To be honest, I think these tattoos look gorgeous when they're done properly and with the right designs. I'm quite scared about the pain, since they say it's one of the most painful, but who knows? Maybe one day I'll follow my bold side and I'll tell you the story of the time I wrote an article that inspired me to get my next tattoo. I promise I won't get any other.