Create Your Own Tattoo

September 30, 2014

Though customized tattoos are often the most expensive tattoos that you can get, there is often more meaning in a custom design. With a custom design, there are plenty of opportunities to express your individuality in a unique and creative way. As many tattoo artists will tell you, straight lines are not the artist’s friend, so think about what you’d like to see in a tattoo and speak with your chosen artist about what they feel comfortable to do for you before finalizing any design.

If you’re thinking about creating your own tattoo, here are some ideas for you to consider for your upcoming design:

Which font are you thinking about using?

If you’re putting text into your tattoo, the whole point of it is for other people to be able to read it… right? Using a serif font [one that uses little lines at the ends of the numbers or letters] or a script font may make the text looks pretty awesome, but it can also make it pretty unreadable and costly to create. If you’re putting a lot of text into a tattoo, like a saying, quotation, or a verse from a holy book, then choose a sans serif font, or one that has no font embellishments whatsoever.

Have you considered taking a look at ancient mythologies?

From dragons to wizards to the gods of Egypt, there are plenty of inspiring things in mythology that can help you create an amazing customized tattoo design. No matter what your personal preferences are, there is likely something that you’ll be able to find that corresponds to what you like in mythology. The idea of a myth is that there is some truth and some embellishment to it, which is exactly what a good tattoo should have as well. Don’t be afraid of doing a little research into this area to come up with a stunning custom design.

You can never go wrong with nature.

Nature has so much to offer the human race that it boggles the mind. Butterflies, hummingbirds, lions, bears, bulls… the list of great tattoo ideas is almost endless! If you have a favorite animal or plant, take the image of that as a base, then embellish it or adjust it so that it creates the first impression that you want your tattoo to have. Many of nature’s symbols also have duality in their meaning, so a wolf, for example, would also represent your intelligence or strong instincts.

Do you really need to copy someone else?

Celebrities often get customized tattoos because it is one of the few ways that they can permanently express themselves. Fans will often request customized replicas of celebrity tattoos because it helps them identify with their favorite artist or performer. For a truly custom tattoo, why not try a variation of a favorite celebrity tattoo instead of an exact replica? This will allow you to express your creative side and your fandom side in one fusion that will garner much more attention.

Use the internet to help you find your new tattoo design

Rather than spending hours browsing forums and trawling the web for inspiration, you should consider checking joining a membership site, such as TattooMeNow. With over 8300 tattoo designs and photos, there’s bound to be plenty in there to help you come up with a tattoo design that you won’t regret.

Bucks Party Ideas

September 30, 2014

When it comes to the bucks night, there are plenty of options available. Some bachelors are very laid back and just like to chill out – a gathering at a local coffee shop followed by some time in a local record store can become the perfect bachelor party. Other bucks are wild and crazy on their last few days as a bachelor and really just want to let loose to have a good time. For those bachelors that want some craziness that doesn’t involve the local bar scene, we have these suggestions for your perusal:

James Bond Party: What isn’t there to love about James Bond? The man has style and class, which means he also gets the babes. He also lives a life that is dangerous, unpredictable, and crazy wild. You can bring that to your bachelor party in a number of ways, but one of the most common ways is to plan a “kidnapping.” Grab your buddy, throw him into the back of a van (or whatever hire car you can find), and take him to an undisclosed location. Bring the party to that location if you want or make your buddy get to the party with instructions that you’ve left him wherever you drop him off.

James Bond also loves a high class party. Drinks that are shaken, not stirred. Mingling with fabulous people. Going all-in when you’re just holding a 7-2 off suit. Bring that attitude with you to the party that you plan, no matter where that party is, and you’ll be sure to have a great time. Maybe add a casino night to your party. Whatever you do, however, don’t forget to throw on your tux.

Sports Party: Just about every guys loves some sort of sport. Some guys are a bit unusual and like less popular sports like lacrosse or squash, but still – sports are associated with manhood from a societal standpoint. If your guy loves a particular team, then having a party based around that team can make for a wonderful party. Go out to the stadium to watch a game if the sport is in season and make sure that you’ve brought enough money to keep those $8-$10 stadium beers flowing throughout the game. Don’t fill up on bad hot dogs because the best thing to eat after a good game is a steak dinner. After dinner, have a nightcap at your favorite sports bar, maybe order some wings, embarrass your guy by bringing all the waitstaff over to wish him a happy marriage. In other words, just have fun.

Are You Ready For a Good Time?

Marriage is supposed to be a lifelong commitment, while the buck’s party is simply a one night commitment. If you’re planning on having a good time, that’s what is the most important thing. Themes can help a good time to be had, but the best buck’s parties are where everyone is having a good time because they’re there to support their friend and the stuff he likes to do. Use these ideas or combine them with your own to create a memorable experience before the wedding… because who knows what will happen after he gets hitched!

Curious about Tattoo Prices?

September 29, 2014

There’s a common misconception amongst some tattoo customers that the cost of a tattoo is based on the size of the tattoo that is chosen. Most tattoo artists actually charge their customers based on the time that they must spend on a tattoo rather than the size of the tattoo itself. A small tattoo with an intricate design, therefore, can cost the same amount as a large tattoo that won’t take an artist long to complete. Keep in mind, however, that tattoo artists are often in business for themselves and set their own pricing rules. If you’re looking to get a great tattoo, consider what design you want before asking for a quote.

The More Expensive an Artist, the Better the Result

Because the tattoo industry is a service-based commodity, you’ll find that the general rule of hiring a more expensive artist means you’re obtaining a better quality tattoo. Considering the permanent nature of a tattoo and the cost that it takes to fix or remove a bad one, the investment into a high quality artist is definitely money that will be well spent. Price alone, however isn’t the only indicator of a great tattoo artist. Solicit reviews and recommendations from the local community about how good an artist is, take a look at their portfolio, and even ask to inspect their equipment before finalizing a purchase.

The Four Basic Considerations of Tattoo Price

If you’re definitely on a budget for your tattoo and can’t spend over a certain amount, then there are four price considerations that you need to keep in mind as you shop around for an artist.

  • Color. Tattoos that feature different colors often cost more than tattoos that are monochrome. This is because of the cost of adding various inks, the time it takes to change equipment, and other possible added equipment expenses.
  • Location. Where you want to have the tattoo placed can often affect the overall price of the tattoo. Some places are simply difficult to access and that means added time, which equates to added cost.
  • Size. The bigger the tattoo, the more it will cost unless the comparison is to a smaller, much more intricate tattoo.
  • Detail. If your preferred tattoo has a lot of detail in it, then expect to pay more to have that detail incorporated into the final product.
  • Customization. Stock tattoos are actually easier to create for most artists, which means the price is less. If you’re asking for free hand work or need the artist to develop the artwork for you, a larger price should be anticipated.

How Much Should You Expect To Pay For a Good Tattoo?

Though the cost of a tattoo will vary based on the various factors of your unique design, there are some general expectations of cost that you should be able to expect from any given artist. Use these tips today to develop the perfect tattoo, invest into a great artist using these pricing expectations, and you’ll have artwork that you’re proud to display to the world.