How do I know my tattoo?

I’ve been talking to clients about tattoos for the last five years. I’m happy to see people really get into it, but I’m not a specialist, so I don’t have a lot of knowledge. The tattoo artists I’ve worked with have varying degrees in tattooing from basic to advanced.

Q: What do you think are some tattoos worth getting?

A: If you can look back on your life and reflect back upon a lot of your highs and lows, I believe there are some tattoos you can look back upon that you wish you hadn’t. I think if you can look back on a big chunk of your life and see that’s how you lived and how you grew up – and there were big things that we had to overcome – then you’re going to see some positive changes in how you look.

I have a small tattoo on my wrist, but there is a lot of stuff on the body that’s bigger than that. I don’t know of any bigger tattoos than what people are getting now. There are a lot of people with tattoos that have only come on recently.

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I think tattoos have to be part of a person’s whole personality from when they’re a toddler to when they’re an adult. A lot of people get stuck and start thinking that they’re a particular colour; they get stuck to that particular tattoo and have it in some type of tattoo artist’s studios to a certain extent. If you look at people from a lot of different age brackets and different walks of life, you have a lot more variation and people can come to different conclusions about what they’ll like.

Q: How do you get started in tattooing?

A: My experience is that, if you’re getting a tattoo, you do it for yourself. So at the moment I’m doing just my own colour-on-board. I’ll go to the studio, I’ll do some basic instructions, and I’ll pick up a pen and I’ll start drawing up a picture of what I want to get. Then I’ll pick up some paper for the next phase and then do all the same things again.

I’m using three ink colours, three different types of ink. A small amount of ink goes on and then a white and then after that you have your black. I don’t want to just stick just to black ink so it doesn’t look too dark. I’m also using different coloured pencil to bring everything together.

That’s quite a lot of colour now