Having a loved one’s name permanently inscribed into your body is a deeply personal act and a very big deal. The tattoo is not going away in a hurry and you will have to look at that name for the rest of your life.
So should you do it? what could go wrong?
What about not telling your loved one in advance and they are offended by the tattoo when they see it?
What if the tattoo artist spells the name incorrectly, or worse still, YOU spell the name incorrectly? How will you explain that to your loved one?
If your relationship breaks down in the future your going to be stuck with a tattoo of a memory. If the relationship was negative towards the end of it’s time it will be a painful reminder. what are you gonna do, tattoo a red line through the name?
I’m not saying you should stay away from this style of tattoo. I have them. what I’m trying to impart is the need to REALLY THINK this through before committing.
Make sure that the person you are commemorating KNOWS what you are about to do. There is nothing worse than shoving your forearm in front of your partner at the dinner table and saying, “do you like my new tat, I love you!” they might like the sentiment but perhaps not the style of the design.
In letting them know of your intentions beforehand you are involving them in the process. Let them have some sort of input into the design, perhaps choose the style. Let them accompany you to the parlour and watch it being created.
Please make sure that you know how to spell the name correctly before going down to the studio. Check with your loved one first. make sure the tattoo artist knows how to spell the name and check what’s written on your body in the mirror before it’s made permanent.
Tattoo designs of names do not have to be in bog standard English all the time. a great way of personalising this kind of tattoo is to have it designed in another script style or language.
Do some research on the internet and you will find hundreds of tattoo designs of names. Speak to your local tattoo artist who will also be able to assist and will more than likely have books worth of different languages and letterings.
If you want to keep the tattoo compact you could choose chinese lettering. Some names can be encompassed in only one or two symbols. or if you’re after something more elegant and flowing, consider a language from the middle east.
If it’s a partners name that you’re considering, at the very least if the relationship breaks down all your left with is a strange scribble on your body, and then it’s your story to tell when a new person enters your life!
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