If you are considering getting new ink on your skin, then make sure you research first using tattoo image galleries. Few people realize how limited their options are when they start researching a tattoo, especially if they walk into a shop unprepared. Most parlors carry a set number of design options, which helps control their overhead costs.
However, virtually all places will work with you if you bring your own design in to get done. This is bar far the best approach to take if you want a tattoo that won't suck.
Study the various online tattoo image galleries for private design work that you like. Many of these websites have thousands and thousands of designs for you to sift through.
Perhaps the best approach is to find several designs that you like, that are similar in style. Then you can work with an artist to combine the various aspects of these designs to create your own, completely unique tattoo. You can even print out to scale and cut and paste it to your body to get an idea how it will look in certain areas. This is a great option if you are worried about concealing your tattoo for work or from others on certain occasions.
Getting a tattoo that you really like is not too difficult. Do your homework and research online to find unique and creative designs you like, then print them out and take them with you to get a final design that is perfectly yours at your local shop. Most shops do not charge extra either for this service.