The number of good tattoo artists available today is on the rise. You get great designs and high levels of hygiene. But one thing that has most people stumped is which part of their body to get tattooed on. More than the design, color and look of the tattoo, people get more confused when it comes to deciding the placement of their tattoo. This is not only because certain designs look better at certain locations, but also because some places on the body are more painful to tattoo. Let us look at some of the aspects you need to look at while deciding on the placement of your tattoo.
The Importance of Scale
The right place to get your tattoo done would depend on the size and scale of the tattoo. If you choose the right location for the tattoo, it enhances the look of the tattoo. For example a small red rose might be best suited for the side of your neck. But if you are planning for a bigger tattoo containing large plants or animals or maybe a line of some religious text, then a larger open area like forearm, shoulder, or chest is better suited. Before you decide on the location, you need to be sure of what your tattoo will be, which will help you fix the location easily.
Who gets to see it?
Many people get a tattoo done for some personal reason, and they do not want everyone to see it. In fact, they would prefer others not to see it. If you are in that category, then the places which are normally hidden by clothes or hair would be good for you. You can choose places like your hips, inner thighs, tummy, and lower back for this kind of tattoos. Some people also shave off a bit of hair on their head and get the tattoo done there, and then wait for the hair to grow back and cover it.
If the purpose of the tattoo is just the opposite, and you would like as many people as possible to see it, then the most useful places are your face, wrist, upper arm, neck etc. While getting a visible tattoo done, you need to also consider where you work. Many employers frown upon visible body art, so you must be careful of where you are placing the tattoo.
Another important factor in the placement of a tattoo is how important it is for you to see it. In case you place your tattoo on a place like, say, your left shoulder, you would have to turn around to see it, or maybe see it only in a mirror. If you are so enamored of your tattoo that you always want to sneak a peek at it, then you should place it at the front of your body in an area which you can see easily.
For The Artist
You need to schedule your tattoo creation session according to your availability and that of the artist. That is why the selection of location must be done in such a way that it does not take too much time to complete. Some parts of the body are especially difficult to tattoo. Hence you should consult the positioning of your tattoo in detail with your tattoo artist.
Whose View Is It?
This is a funny aspect of your tattoo design. Unless the design is a simple one which is easily recognizable from any angle, you need to decide which way the design will be made. Say the design you choose is a face. Should the face be designed so that it looks up at you? In that case it will look upside down who is looking at you. If you place the face upside down, though, the viewer will see it clearly but you will see it inverted.
Most tattoo artists prefer to make the design from the point of view of the viewer, so the person getting the tattoo will see an inverted image. But it is your body and your tattoo, so if you want to have it your way, no one can refuse you. You only need to get used to seeing people tilt their head to get a better view when they are looking at your tattoo.
How Big Is Big Enough?
We spoke about the scale of your tattoo earlier, which depends on what exactly you are depicting on your tattoo. But the dimensions of the tattoo also matters. You can have a huge red rose to cover a large part of your forearm, but you can depict a whale in a small one inch tattoo on the side of your neck.
Many people go in for very detailed depictions in their tattoos, with intertwining roots and branches and leaves, or lots of text woven into each other, and so on. For such pieces, a larger size is better, so that all the intricate detailing can be clearly seen.
Bigger tattoos have the usual places where they can be placed, like the chest, calf, shoulder back etc. But for smaller tattoos, there are many options for you to place them. Many people place their small tattoos in unexpected places like their tongue, the lobe of the ear, a finger, or even the inside of the lips.
Throughout this article we have spoken about different aspects of the placement (and size) of the tattoo. But irrespective of where you place the tattoo, you must remember that a tattoo is a permanent piece of body art. Therefore any decision regarding the tattoo, including its placement, must be well thought through.
You can't get a tattoo done on your shoulder and then decide after a month that you would prefer that design on your forearm. Apart from the placement, you also need to be very sure about the design, color and size of the tattoo you want. The beauty of a tattoo can be enjoyed by you and people who look at it only if the placement is perfect.