Some people claim that tattoos are not a form of art. I think the opposite!
If anything, you can say that tattoo art is the ultimate art... it stays on your skin permanently after all, and you take it with you wherever you go.
This is not a new trend, as some people may think, but the art of tattooing is ancient. Just look at the Maori tribes of new Zealand and their tattoos. Every symbol has a meaning, and their tattoos tell the story of their family and themselves. Perhaps that is the secret to a great tattoo: get something personal rather than going for the trends.
I have 4 tattoos myself - all designed by me - and I am proud to wear them!
|Tattooing in progress - half way there|
|My tummy tribal tattoo - dark brown|
|My flower vine tattoo in brown and pinkish purple|
People compliment me on my shoulder blade tattoo all the time, and that makes me feel appreciated as an artist. I'm not saying you should get a tattoo just to show off your art (cause it's not like you carry your paintings around everywhere you go) but I am just trying to make you understand that tattoos are an art. Then there are of course the amateur made tattoos that should be hidden away from the world forever.... Even if the design you have made is great, it might get destroyed by the person tattooing you. So for god's sake, make sure that the tattoo artist you go to is a well respected one with years of experience, and ask to see some of his/her work first. Also, most importantly; make sure you have a proper think about what design to choose... It's no fun if you change your mind in the future.