So you are ready to get a great tattoo in Wales, but where do you go?
The choice of a tattoo design (especially for the first timer) can be one hell of a headache. I have over 50 hours of tattoos on my body, and some my new ones have served to cover up some bad decision making that had been done when I was younger.
Although this article will mostly focus on tattoo designs themselves, I still want to raise some points for people that are thinking of taking a leap into that universe. It is always important to do research, know what you are getting tattooed, mostly for tribal or religious tattoos. You never know when you might end up with a yakuza gang tattoo on you lap, and you are just a cute 18-year-old girl.
Always make sure that you have some bound with the tattoo. By that, I don’t mean that you should have a particular reason, like a life changing events. For example, some of my tattoos are simply there for an aesthetic purpose, but also, a lot of them have a significant meaning to me, might it be the loss of a close friend, or an important step I took in my career. With that said let’s jump in today’s subject, where hopefully I might help you pinpoint what kind of tattoo designs you might be into.
While these might not be my favourite, plenty of tattoo adepts would argue that these designs make for some of the best sleeves in tattoo history.
Some of the notable tribal tattoo design comes from the Maori from New Zealand have their way of using bold lines and a repetition of pattern on the adept skin. While the Ta Moko (Maori Tattoo) were once designed to be unique for every individual, nowadays people just get them out of a book (unless you get a real Maori artist).
Another once that as seen increased in popularity would be the Haida tattoo design from the Native American tribes while these were once clan’s crest, they are (similar to the Ta Moko) characterised by very bold line and minimal usage of colour.
Notable mentions to Indonesian designs and Buddhist tattoos from Indonesia and Thailand. But while I can go on for another two pages on tribal tattoos lets jump into the other one.
This is probably one of the most popular tattoo designs to this date while these tattoos were mostly worn by Yakuza (and is still seen that way in the Japanese culture). Japan offers some of the most beautiful designs that the world as to offer. While you might be looking for a dragon as a symbol of courage, or a koi fish as a symbol of good luck and fortune. Japanese tattoo is all about flow and elegance. There is a thought process going behind where everything is placed.
A COUPLE MORE IDEAS TO CONCLUDE:
While we barely scratched the surface, there are plenty of other tattoo design to choose from, might it be a star, crown, skull, animals, angels. Which all have their own meaning and some of them even have different meanings in a different culture. In the end, you should find an artist that you like and that will help make an advised choice as to what you should go for. Give them some ideas that’s what a great artist likes. And well you might become addicted.
So who do we recommend?
Our favourite choice of tattoo shop is Raging Swan Tattoo Studio in Cardiff. They have been in the business a long time and are complete professionals. I have had around 10 sessions with Dom (the head artist at Raging Swan) over the years and as you can see below my sleeve is coming on very nice!
They specialise in black and grey (as you can see by my own tattoo!) but are great at all different styles including colour, text and cover ups.
They are located at 804B Newport Road Rumney CF34FH (just behind the bank) and work on an appointment only basis. Give them a call on 02920 792 270 to discuss your needs and book an appointment!
For more ideas check out this article on 49 Bloody Brilliant Black And Grey Tattoo Ideas