Free Tattoo Designs vs. Custom Tattoo Designs

By: zpark1
Make no mistake. The decision to get a tattoo is a big one, because it's a life long commitment! Your tattoo will last as long as you do - unless of course you are brave enough and can stand the pain of the laser surgery required for tattoo removal. Bearing all of this in mind, you need to carefully consider each of the options that you are presented with when you decide you want a tattoo. Chances are you've started exploring tattoos online and you may already be familiar with two design categories when it comes to tattoos: free tattoo designs and custom tattoo designs. We'll take a look at what these options involve right now so you can make the decision that's right for you.

Free Tattoo Designs and Custom Tattoo Designs Defined
Two categories and two fairly self-explanatory definitions of each, as you can see:

* Free Tattoo Designs:
These refer to tattoo designs that are available for you to use free of charge. There are many websites that provide the user with a range of free designs to choose from. It is simply a matter of printing out the design you like and taking it to your tattoo artist.

* Custom Tattoo Designs:
These refer to designs created especially for you by a professional tattoo artist. The artist will work with you to create a design using a number of design ideas you may have - even your own drawings. The artist will professionally design the tattoo for you.

The Case for Free Tattoo Designs
Chances are when it comes to shopping, you're on the look out for a great deal right? Of course you are! If you see an item in one store for less than that exact same item in another store, you're going to buy from the store with the lowest price! This mentality may also apply to some people who are considering getting a tattoo. Many people will ask, "Well, why should I pay a professional tattoo artist to design my tattoo, when I might find exactly what I want when I search free tattoo galleries online?" Sure, that's a valid question, however have you seen just how many free tattoo galleries there are online? There are so many of them! Check the majority of them out - and that will take you days - and you'll soon see that there isn't a whole lot out there when it comes to the range of decent free tattoo designs. Many of the free tattoo design galleries are tiny and only offer a small range of designs. Most of the available designs are of poor quality, and the great majority of these free tattoo websites are filled with designs that aren't even created by professional tattoo artists. You may happen to find a design in a free tattoo design gallery that you like, however the reality is that although the design will be free - you simply download it and print it using your home computer - the stenciling and actually inking will not be. You will need to pay a tattoo artist to do this for you, and if the initial design wasn't professionally crafted, your tattoo, which you will more than likely wear for life, won't look as good as a professionally designed tattoo.

The Case for Custom Tattoo Design
You've heard the saying, "You get what you pay for" and it applies to tattoo design as well. As you have read and may already have discovered for yourself, there's not a whole lot of quality in the world of free tattoo design. By pursuing the custom tattoo design option, you are enlisting a professional tattoo artist from day one, which ensures your tattoo will look the best. It is advisable that you spend time searching tattoo designs prior to seeing your tattoo artist, so you make the right tattoo design decision. Once you know what you would like in your tattoo design, it's time to see the tattoo artist. The tattoo artist will draw a design specifically for you, taking into consideration your design requirements and tastes. Following this, a stencil will be created based upon that professionally created design. Then the design will be superimposed onto your skin using the stencil, and it will look like a professional tattoo - one that you will be happy to show off!

The Decision is all Yours!
Of course ultimately it is up to you whether you wish to choose a free tattoo design or a custom tattoo design. To ensure you make the right decision, you must firmly decide what you want when it comes to your tattoo design and remember that it will be on your skin for life. It has to look good so make sure you give the design of your future tattoo careful consideration.
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