When you’re looking for an outfit, do you ever think, “this would look great with a tattoo”? While it’s not something you can buy off the rack and throw out if you change your mind later, body art can still be the one thing that adds the finishing touches to your look. Because of their permanent nature, tats are not meant to be selected at random and without much thought.
Choosing what you want to get is not unlike that one designer bag you’re willing to splurge on once a year. You need to think about the design, color, style, statement, as well as placement and artist in order to make your decision.
The inked population has changed. Businessmen and housewives are now part of the many people who are proud to show off their tattoos. But if what you’re looking for is something that goes with your trendsetting fashion sense, you can take a glimpse at how haute couture models use them to enhance the outfits they wear during Fashion Week’s many catwalks.
Several top models have turned these into the ultimate expression of femininity. These are not the random heart or butterfly you’d see in the early days of mainstream tattoos. These are personal details that only you may be able to decipher. To the world, it might be a cute little drawing, but you know what it really means.
This is an incredibly subtle way of getting some art on your back that is flattering while still classy. This is not that Chinese or Arabic lettering that you’re not quite sure means what you want it to say. These are geometric shapes, vertical quotes in a language you understand, or a custom design from your favorite artist. Always talk with your artist about what you want and don’t want, look at their other works and see if you’re both on the same page.
Like the previous placement, this area is also a very painful one because of the closeness to the bone. So really think about what you’re getting. However, the final results could be amazing. Horizontal designs look best.
Many first-timers are afraid of going for color because they worry it might look cheap or tacky, but trying out a small design with only two hues can change you mind completely.
This is a place where you can have a little fun with the tattoo you choose. A silly design can brighten up your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be the entire back of the hand. These details can be on the palm, the fingers, knuckles, etc. Just remember this is a very delicate area that will require maintenance retouches to keep it looking great.
Remember that beyond going for a random drawing or quote, this is a piece of art that will stay your whole life with you. Think of it as a fashion item you’ll always keep with you and that will also tell a story to the world.
In case you need more inspiration before taking the plunge towards ink, here are some ideas on how ink can be your best accessory or how little designs can make all the difference.
Translated by María Suárez