TATTOOING IS MORE ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK, not the type of tattoo you choose.
The tattoo artists who perform on stage have a lot of choices to make and there’s not a lot you can do to avoid looking like you’re having a hard time getting it.
So it’s important to keep it simple.
Here are the key things to remember when it comes to tattooing, so you can achieve the most out of your tattoo.
TATToos should be on the body.
If you’re choosing a design that goes against the body’s natural shape, you might be thinking, “That’s too much,” says Mark Hirsch, a tattoo artist in Brooklyn, New York.
But if your skin has a natural pattern, you can always adjust it.
“You can put the tattoo on top of your skin, and it’s still natural,” he says.
“The problem with that is you can go down a little bit and it won’t look natural.”
If your tattoo is too large or too small, choose a larger size.
The more tattoos you get, the bigger and bigger the pieces of your body will look.
“If you have more than one tattoo, it might be too big or too little,” says Hirsch.
“A smaller tattoo might be good for the neck and face, and a larger one for the arms.”
Your tattoo should go under your skin.
If it’s under your chin, it will look too large.
“Your skin is going to look the same whether it’s a lot larger or a little smaller,” says Paula Sotomayor, a dermatologist in New York City.
So if you get a large tattoo, try to keep the size smaller, then adjust the tattoo as needed.
The shape of your neck should be in line with your face.
If the tattoo is under your eye, it’s too large and will look like you have a bad back.
If on the other hand, your neck is close to your face, you may want to adjust it to make it more comfortable.
Make sure the shape of the tattoo fits your body.
Your neck and jaw should be straight, with no curves, says Sotom, and the shape should be the same for both your face and your body, says Hays.
This will give you a sense of balance between the two, so that you feel more comfortable when you wear the tattoo.
Keep it short and clean.
Don’t worry about making your tattoo too long or too short, says D.H. Hines, a clinical associate professor of dermatology and an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.
“It’s just about a matter of balancing,” he adds.
Make it visible.
If there are lines under your eyes, they should be visible.
Make the lines visible, and keep them as long as possible, says C.L. Hensley, a plastic surgeon in Chicago.
“That way you can see the line that goes under the eye,” he explains.
If a tattoo looks too long, it should be shorter.
“I would say that’s a really good rule of thumb,” says S.D. Horsley, an assistant clinical professor of cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai School of Dentistry in New Rochelle, New Jersey.
“Anything that’s too long should be short,” she adds.
If that looks too small and uncomfortable, adjust the size.
“Tattoos should not be too small or too large,” says J.C. Molloy, a physician in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Make sure the tattoo feels natural,” Hensly says.
Try a different size for each body part.
The next time you wear your tattoo, take a closer look at the shape and size of the pieces you’ve chosen to tattoo.
“Look for the tattoo pieces that fit perfectly for each part of your head,” says Mollay.
“For the eyes, put the eyes under your scalp, the ear, the neck, the shoulders, the ankles, and so on,” he suggests.
You can also choose the size of each piece of the body you have, and adjust it as needed based on what works best for you.
You might need to add more body fat to your tattoo than you think.
“This is really easy to do,” says John Giannetti, an associate professor in the department of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at New York University.
“With tattoos, there’s an opportunity for the skin to take up more skin than it would normally.
This increases the chances of it looking bad,” he notes.
“So, if you have the body fat you want, you just need to try to trim some of it off,” says Giannucci.
“But don’t overdo it.”
Tattoos need to be permanent.
“Once you get the tattoos done, you’re in the tattoo