When you search for portrait tattoos on the internet you will likely find many pages that talk about horrible tattoos gone wrong. If you are thinking about honoring a loved one, a pet or even your favorite movie start, it is important you bring in the right picture.
What is the best way to do that? You need to bring in as many portrait tattoo images as possible to your artists. You may have a favorite but it might not necessarily be the one to tattoo. Tattoo artists need a picture that provides enough light and shadows to work with.
Let’s face it, trying to duplicate a picture is hard enough with paint and a canvas, can you imagine doing on skin with needles? It might be a good idea to bring in close ups so your artists can really get a feel for the person you want tattooed on your skin.
The Perfect Portrait Tattoo Image
Photographs with a lot of natural light are also good to bring in. Pictures taken with bright flashes might make it difficult to read the contours of the persons face. If the person is still alive, try taking several pictures of them close up, by a window for natural lighting.
If the person has passed away then obviously you are limited to what is available. You could always ask other family members if they have photos of the person. Let them know it is for a portrait tattoo image and they may feel honored and willing to help you out.
Once you and your artist decide on the final image you will then need to decide if you want color in your tattoo or just black and grey. Beautiful portraits can be produced with either so it is really a personal opinion. Just remember color has been known to fade faster than black and grey tattoos.
Make sure you avoid your tattoo showing up on tattoo gone wrong list! Find an artist that you trust. Do some research and don’t be afraid to go talk to them and look at their portfolio. Look at past portrait tattoos that they have done. Also remember to take good care of your new tattoo. This will go a long way in helping it last as long as it can.
Do you have a portrait tattoo? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!