The most important stage when getting a tattoo is selecting a design that you are comfortable with. While the spontaneity of picking the first design you see is tempting, one should take their time and view as many available options as they can before selecting their final design. Out of the many cool tattoo ideas, it is not easy to select your final choice. This selection problem often affects newbies who are thinking of getting their first tattoos. To aid you in this momentous decision, here are 5 cool tattoo ideas to get you started off.
Regardless of your religion, you can use your body art to profess your faith to those around you. The most popular amongst these tattoos are verses from one’s holy book. For Christians there are bible verses, for Muslims there are Quran verses as well. These could be your favorite verses, or verses that motivate you in your day-to-day life. One can also tattoo religious symbols or personalities (though Islam generally discourages this); the most popular religious symbol is the cross. Catholics can go for the Virgin Mary tattoo. Buddhism and other Asian religions have a rich culture of using body art to express their religious affiliations. These tattoos can even be done by monks for grater spiritual significance.
Kanji / Hanzi lettering.
One of the biggest tattoo crazes in recent times is the use of Japanese (Kanji) or Chinese (Hanzi) letters in your tattoo. If you choose to go down this road, proceed with caution. Many people have had Asian tattoos without knowing their meaning and end up suffering embarrassment when native speakers point out that their tattoos make no sense, or worse, that they are vulgar or insulting. Always do your research extensively before deciding on a tattoo based on Asian letters.
Pop Culture Idols
This is another area where caution is advised. While there are musicians/bands/movie stars who have achieved the necessary iconic status to justify getting a tattoo of them, the majority sadly do not. A lot of wisdom is required in the selection process. Iconic, game changing acts are what you should go for. For hip-hop lovers, tupac and/or notorious BIG are safe choices. Great movie quotes and song lyrics are also great tattoos. Never rush to get a tattoo of the current ‘flavor of the month’; you don’t know what your feelings for Justin Bieber, One Direction or Twilight will be 10 to 15 years from now.
Commonly known as ‘In memory of…’ tattoos, tribute tattoos are a nice way to keep the loved ones you have lost close to you. There are two main version of this tattoo. The first type is a minimalist approach with the tattoo including the name of the person and probably a small quote. The second option is getting a picture of the person followed by the name, date of birth (and death) and then a small quote. Due to the sober note of the tattoo, bright flashy colors are usually discouraged. Most tribute tattoos are placed within visibility, with the forehand and bicep areas favored by most.