Choosing a tattoo design can be a big decision, especially when you take into account the fact that tattoos are permanent. Unlike dying your hair or trying out a new look, this is not something that can (easily) be undone, so your decision on a tattoo design should not be taken lightly.
But how have tattoo designs changed over the years? Are the choices now really so much better than they used to be?
Many of the original tattoo patterns depicted items that the tattoo artist (the one who created the tattoo) could see for themselves (flowers, stars, moon, trees, animals etc.), but as man’s imagination expanded, tattoo designs began to expand too, until today tattoos can be as simple as something you see every day or as complex as the imagination wants to make it.
As mankind’s concept of art and design grew, so did the complexity of our tattoo patterns, and a look at the complexity of some of the ancient Celtic knot work patterns is a testament to the increasing use of pattern as a replacement for plain item for item symbolism.
What Tattoo Design is Right for You?
Choosing a tattoo design can be a daunting task. Perhaps the best guideline is to choose something that is meaningful to you; not something that is a temporary fancy or passing interest, but something that has meant something to you for a considerable amount of time, and not something that may change in time, for once you choose your design and have it applied, it is yours for life.
Thanks again to the skills of today’s tattoo artists (the ones who design the tattoos) and computer technology, tattoos can be considerably complex and detailed, even fully colored if you so desire. Mind you the more detail work and color that is added the more expensive the tattoos are, but if you want it to be meaningful, it could very well be worth it depending on the tattoo design you choose.