So I'm visiting my friend in Spain with another friend and he is getting his tattoo completed next week when we go to Marbella.
Anyway to get to the point I really want one instead of waiting for a year when I'm 18 in the states. Given I have a passion for skiing, thought I'd ask the newschool community for suggestions! I also love surfing, my friends, family. Just thinking of meaningful stuff for a tat that isn't only cool for like a month. So yeah any suggestions to base a design off of would be appreciated. Serious answers for karma or at least make me laugh
They're not dumb, but seeing as you are 17 and WANT one. Don't get one for another few years. All tattoos I've seen that kids get in high school are incredibly shitty and not that good with a few exceptions. Don't do it.
Wait another few years. Pay the money and go to a reputable artist.
I swear to god white kids ruin things black people say faster than Tyler Perry.-El Gato
I was kidding... As you can see in my photos, I've got quite a bit of ink. But I definitely agree with you: high school tattoos are always garbage. When I was seventeen, I had some "great" ideas for tattoos that I just KNEW I'd want forever (including some skiing related ones that I'd drawn up), and now, ten years later, I'm very glad that I never got them.
Take it from me: if you are unsure of what you want, just wait. There's no reason to rush getting your first tattoo just to get one. I have two really shitty little tattoos that I got when I was 18 and 19, one of which, people see everyday at the gym when I put my hair up because it's behind my ear. It looks like a three-year-old took a blue Sharpie to the back of my head, so now I've got to spend a bunch of money to eventually get it covered.
Wait a year or two and save up your money so you can go to a great, reputable artist. Check out the portfolios of a bunch of artists in your area until you find one who has a quality and style that you like. The best artists are always the most expensive (mine's $160 an hour), but think of it this way: you're stuck with it FOREVER, so choose wisely. Just like with marriage: if you go cheap, fast, and out of convenience before thinking long and hard about it, it'll cost a lot more to get rid of it.
Even if you wait a couple years and you're still not 100% sure what you what but you have some sort of idea (mountains and skiing related, etc.), then go to that great artist that you've found and bring him your ideas and some photos of things that you like... pictures of mountains or tattoos or whatever that you like. He/she should then be able to take your material and ideas and draw up some sketches of something that you might like... After all: they're called tattoo ARTISTS for a reason. An artist can draw up their own custom material instead of just tracing a stencil from flash on the walls.
Do NOT be afraid to give your honest opinion on anything, either... If they draw something and there's a little tiny part of it that you wish were different, then speak up! You're paying good money for something that will be on you permanently. If the artist gets upset about it, then maybe you need to find someone else. All good tattoo artists understand and appreciate this. Good luck.