Design Definition

organization or structure of formal elements in a work of art

So what does that mean? It can mean a lot of things.

Type {Insert adjective} + tattoo design in Google and you will see countless of examples of what you are looking for. It can be overwhelming, especially for someone who has never had a tattoo before.

Some people know exactly what they want and others have no idea. They just know they want one, like I did. I will attempt to organize common design elements in this section so you can make more sense of it all.

Trust Your Artist

The key to getting a great design is finding an artist that you trust. Spend some time finding an artist first and the design will come. Go look at their portfolio and ask them for references.

For my first, tattoo I was referred to a well-known artist in my town.  I went to him with a picture of what I wanted and also told him several other elements I wanted included. This was easy for him to create my design since I knew exactly what I wanted.

For my sleeve, I was also referred to someone for his particular style. So this time I just told him certain elements about that style that I liked and I let him do his thing with the design. He had the dragon sketched out, used some flowers to fill in gaps and then free handed the rest of the background.

I am very happy with both of these designs I think because first I was concerned about the artist before the design.

Here are some popular designs that people look for.