Do you want to know how to ​design your own tattoo​? A talented artist can make the craft look easy, but with these simple tips you will be a pro at designing, so go ahead and get creative! You can do it. Here’s how.

1. Location

Consider your body as a top real estate. Location, visibility, and discretion all play a key role when determining a tattoo design. When you start planning your tattoo, explore your available body canvas, and take these areas into consideration. Do you want a tattoo that the entire world can see or just a select few? Semi-private location areas include the lower back, shoulders, stomach, and neck, whereas high visibility locations include the face, arms, hands, and legs. Once you’ve settled on your desired location you can begin planning the perfect tattoo. That’s the fun part!

2. Stay True

Remember, no matter how cliché it sounds, a tattoo is permanent. Try not to opt for a trendy piece or style. Stay true to your hobbies, special interests, and beliefs when ​choosing your design​. Are you currently interested in a piece of pop culture? Make sure you’ll have the same interests and beliefs down the road as a precautionary measure. It’s also important that you remain respectful of other cultures and avoid getting ink that could be ​deemed appropriate​.

3. Choosing Color

Do you dream in color? Before you go crazed over the color be sure you can commit to ink touch-ups down the road, as they will likely be needed. While touch-ups certainly aren’t a requirement during the life of a tattoo, you may find a dull and old tattoo needs a color refresher. The more intensity you add now, the more you’ll need to add later. Maintenance is always a consideration.

4. Black & White

Many people opt for solid black tattoos for good reason. Black is basic and looks clean. Black also serves as the top shade for most cultural tattoo designs.

5. Find the Right Artist

Once you’ve created the perfect design, it’s time to find the artist who can bring it to life. Come see us here at Pyramid Tattoos and meet all our artists! You can check out their portfolios here on our website and we ensure you, they’re licensed. They may choose to modify your design as they see fit and you should welcome their expert suggestions. We offer free consultations by appointment, so get in the chair. Creativity awaits!

Call us at ​(408) 440-8255 or head to our contact page on the website! We can’t wait to design with you!