Now that tats have gone mainstream, some bro advice is in order for those of you who are thinking about getting some ink done. It’s a permanent thing, so you definitely need to put some thought into your design of choice.
Here are five of the most important things to remember before you go for it:
1. No names of your girlfriend, wife, best bro, or anyone similar.
That name is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, dude. Of course you want your love to last forever, but let’s face it: stuff happens. You don’t want to go through the pain of a breakup AND the pain of getting a tattoo removed at the same time.
2. Be careful with Chinese symbols
First and foremost, ask a friend to verify what the symbol means if you don’t read Chinese. You don’t want to be walking around with a “kick me” character just because the calligraphy looks cool! Also, don’t pick a symbol that you think has a spiritual meaning like ‘strength’ or ‘compassion.’ It just screams ‘poser’ because too many dudes have tats like this already. Pick a character that says something about what makes you unique instead.
3. No anchors, unless you make a living sailing ships.
It’s fine to get a tattoo that symbolizes your career, though. Examples could include lady justice for a lawyer, a string of 0’s and 1’s for a software geek, a sledgehammer for a construction worker, or a bull for a stockbroker.
4. No barbed wire
It’s been done to death. There are plenty of other cool patterns that you can use for an armband or a leg band, if that’s your thing.
5. Most important, your tattoo should symbolize who you are at your core.
In other words, don’t just grab an image off a google search, because 75 other dudes will have the same tattoo. Yours should be as unique as you are. If you’re the artistic type, consider designing it yourself.
Good luck with your choices, bros!
-The Blog Dude