I suppose the most important thing to consider when choosing a design to permanently display on your skin is the first R which is "reason". What is the reason for getting this tattoo? Are you getting inked because your friends have just gotten a tat or are you getting this done because they want you to join them? Obviously, this isn't a very good reason because your friends may come and go but the tat is forever! Are you getting a tat because you want to infuriate your parents or your spouse? Again, this is a pretty lame reason because once you have accomplished your mission of angering the parents or spouse you will find that you may be stuck with a design you don't like and the joke will be on you! Are you getting the tat because you think it looks cool?
Well, that is a little better reason but remember this, one day you will be 70 or 80 years old, how cool will it look then? Don't get me wrong, the right tattoo on a 70 year old still looks good but you get the idea...think ahead. Is the reason that you are selecting this tattoo image because you are trying to make a spiritual or political statement? Actually, that might be a good reason provided you feel enough passion for the statement you're trying to make with a tattoo.
The second R is "research". It is not likely that you are going to stroll into Cadillac Jack's tattoo parlor and discover that perfect design that you've been searching for high and low. To find the tattoo image that absolutely expresses your reason and resolve will require some research, you're going to have to do some digging for a design that is unique, artistic and professional in appearance. There are many free websites and there are some paid subscription services that boast of tens of thousands of designs, some of them updated regularly. There are various magazines you can purchase that might give you an idea. Whatever venue select the one element that is common to them all is your time and effort - research. It may well be important for you to invest financially in the research if you want to arrive at a satisfactory choice.
The final R is "risk". Yes, as popular as tattoos have become around the world you still have to be willing to do all in your power to reduce the risks. One of the risks is that you might be disappointed with the results. It is very important that you examine the work and ask for references when deciding on the tattoo artist to hire. Another risk is the risk of diseases. It is your responsibility to find a tattoo service that uses up to date hygienic methods of sterilization. It's kind of like dining establishments, if it looks and smells dirty I usually walk away assumng that the kitchen can't be too much better! This is very important, don't choose a tat artist who cannot demonstrate his/her expertise in the art and safety of tattoo work.