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Dear Jen, I've decided to take the plunge and get my first tattoo. I am kind of a foodie and I love animals. I was thinking of getting something related to one of these loves. What tattoo should I get?
All the Best, Ink Chick
Dear Ink Chick, A few general tips for first tattoos:
1. Pick something unique. Two ladies showing up at a business luncheon with the same tattoo is never good. If you have art/design skills, come up with something yourself. Have an artist friend, ask them for help. At the very least, avoid choosing flash from the shop wall.
2. Try it on. One of my tattoos was created from a painting I did. The other three from my computer generated designs. I printed each in different sizes and taped them to different parts of my body. I then spent a lot of time trying on different outfits and staring at myself in the mirror before I decided on the perfect size and placement.
3. Do your research. Check out artist portfolios. Ask tattooed folks in your area where they get work done. Stop by shops - are they clean? Do the employees and artists make you feel comfortable?
4. This tip is a big duh but very important. Take your time. Your new tattoo will most likely be with you forever. Sleep on it. Be sure you are making the right decision.
All that being said, and keeping in mind your love of food and animals, there is one clear choice. You must get a dolphin jumping over a bowl of spaghetti with meatballs made of bear faces.