Yesterday when I was at home, thinking about some exciting ideas for the future we’ve been discussing here at TattooMeNow I suddenly realized how lucky I am to have such a large group of people reading my emails and I felt the need to do a little something just to show you my appreciation.
Here’s what I decided to do:
THANK YOU #1: More free tattoo designs
You’ll find them here further down this page…
——- DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS ——- 1. Click an image to enlarge it 2. Right-click and choose “Save Picture As…” to save it to your computer 3. Click the enlarged image to close it
LEGAL NOTE: These tattoo designs are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Redistribution of these images is strictly prohibited.
THANK YOU #2: Get Our Lifetime Membership for HALF OFF!
It’s been about 3 years since the last time we had a sale and I thought this was a good opportunity to have one again.
Until midnight on Tuesday, February 21 you can get a FULL LIFETIME TattooMeNow Membership at HALF OFF!
Access to our award-winning tattoo collection (currently more than 4,800 designs – more added regularly by our artists)
Access to all our other popular features such as our Members Gallery (1000′s of photos), Discussion Forum, Studio Directory and more!
If you’re into tattoos getting a TattooMeNow is really an investment. So don’t wait, take advantage of this opportunity because we probably won’t be having a sale again in a long, long time.
Go here to grab your Lifetime Membership at HALF OFF right now:
If you’re not a member and would like to become one, sign up here right now and you’ll be inside in about 3 minutes from now.
Everyone who joins today will get a free pass to the new TattooMeNow when it’s launching sometime in the beginning of 2011 (I know, I know, I’ve been talking about this forever, but we’re getting close now!)
PS. Please post a comment below and let me know what you think about the new tattoos and what feedback I could give the artists to make future additions even better!
I’m getting a lot of questions right now on where to find”unique tattoos and how to design your own tattoo.
It seems like people have raised the bar and aren’t ready to settle for a generic tattoo that an unknown number of people already have.
Getting a unique tattoo often requires a little bit of effort, but it can actually be pretty easy to create a totally unique tattoo or add your own “twist” to an existing design.
I have previously touched on the subject of how to come up with a unique idea for your tattoo, but I wanted to give you some more specific ideas for how to get that *idea* out of your head and “onto paper”. So here are some tips if you’re looking to design your own tattoo.
1. Create a tattoo based on a photo
Example: Let’s say you want a tiger tattoo…I found this beautiful photo:
A skilled artist would easily be able to draw up a custom tattoo for you based on that photo. You will probably want to ask the copyright owner if it’s ok to use the photo for your tattoo, alternatively make a few small changes to it in order not to make it an exact copy.
We’re actually considering including a separate gallery containing only beautiful photos that are suitable for turning into a tattoo, like the one above, in the new version of TattooMeNow.
By the way, the development of the new site is taking a bit longer than expected but I’ll keep you updated on when we’re ready to open.
2. Use an image editing program to change the colors, edit, combine two tattoos, or add something to a tattoo.
If you’re really good at using programs like Photoshop you can probably create a great-looking tattoo from scratch, or easily change an existing design to your liking.
The problem is, Photoshop is pretty expensive, and requires quite playing around with it before you know how to use it to the fullest.
I’ve found a few great alternatives though. Piknic and Splashup are two free, simple to use image editors that you should definitely check out!
Here’s one I found that was created exclusively for editing tattoo designs. It’s isn’t free and I haven’t tested it myself but it looks pretty cool and is probably worth it (it comes with a 60 money-back guarantee so you can always get your money back if you don’t like it).
To be totally honest with you, these aren’t really secrets, but still I’m surprised to see how most people completely overlook them. I guess that must be why tattoo removal is such a profitable business these days?
This is a great step-by-step plan to follow if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo and want it to turn out as good as it possibly can.
Here’s we go…
Secret #1. Find a purpose or a meaning
Nothing wrong with getting a tattoo “just because it looks good”. But if you want a tattoo that you’ll be sure to feel proud of and love for the rest of your life, you’ll want it to have some kind of “deeper meaning”.
Ever seen Miami Ink? Have you noticed that every single person that walks in their door and is being showcased on the show has some kind of purpose or story behind their tattoo?
Why is this important?
Well, first off it makes the odds that you’re still going to be happy about that tattoo a few years down the line that much greater.
It has a cool little side-benefit too (especially if you’re single): When you have a deeper meaning behind your tattoo and you share that with other people they often instantly tend to look at you as a more interesting person.
You’ll probably also find that people walk up to you more frequently at the street, at parties etc. wanting to compliment you on or ask questions about your tattoo. If you’re a naturally shy person, this is a great way to have girls/guys approach YOU, instead of the other way around
Ok, enough of the “dating stuff”…
So how do you find that “special meaning” for your tattoo?
Here are some ideas…
Have you experienced a tragic/happy event or moment that you’ll never forget?
What are your values and beliefs?
Is there a person in your life that has a special place in your heart? (be careful here…you know what I’m talking about!)
What are your aspirations/goals?
Secret #2. Come up with a *killer* idea
This is often the hardest part…But a lot of people often make it a lot harder than it has to be.
Once you know what you want your tattoo to represent, all you have to do is figure out what it is that is going to symbolize that memory, value, event or whatever it is.
One mistake I’m seeing a lot is people looking around forever for that PERFECT tattoo design, but there’s always something wrong with the designs they come across. Be it the colors, that something is missing, the size, or that it’s just not the right “style”. As a result, they end up frustrated and never get that tattoo they wanted.
It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to find a tattoo design that’s a 100% spot on no matter how long or how hard you look for it.
Ask your artist to modify or add something to a design
Find a photo of what you’re looking for and tell your artist to turn it into a tattoo
Beautiful photos that can easily be turned into tattoos are actually something people have been asking me for, and we will most probably include a gallery of such photos in the new version of TattooMeNow that will be launching in the near future.
I can’t promise that it’ll be there on the launch day, but it’s definitely something we’re planning on includin pretty early on.
If you simply can’t find ANY design, photo or whatever that you can bring to your artist, you’re pretty much left with one option and that is to try to communicate to the artist exactly what it is that you want and have him/her draw a custom design for you. This MAY work well if you’re good at communicating and the artist “gets it”.
Oh, I almost forgot…there’s of course the option of drawing it up yourself, if you have a talent for that.
Secret #3: Find a world-class, super-duper fantastic artist
This is obviously a crucial step to making sure you end up with a great tattoo.
Here’s a step-by-step approach that I recommend you follow…
Step 1. What type of tattoo are you getting? Is it going to be black & grey or colored? Are you willing to travel or are you going to be limited to the artists in your local area? These are all important questions you should ask yourself before you start looking for an artist.
Most artists specialize in or are better at certain styles or types of tattoos. Others only work with color etc. The answers to these questions will determine the size of your list of potential artists that will compete for the honor of doing your super-awesome tattoo
Step 2. When looking for a shop and an artist, look at their previous work. Most shops have websites where you can view the tattoos the artists have done. Type in “Tattoo shop” + “your city” into Google and you’ll most probably find the majority of the artists in your area. If you have friends with tattoos you like, ask them who the artist was.
Other ideas for finding artists are browsing tattoo magazines, visiting conventions and talking to people online. Don’t forget to create a list of all the artists you find most interesting.
Step 3. If you’re really serious about finding the very best, you’ll want to pick the 2-4 artists from your list you’re most interested in and do some more research on them. Check if they’re a member of the Better Business Bureau and if they have any records there. Search for their name and studio online and see if you can find any further info on them, maybe even comments from previous customers.
Then, go visit all the shops and ask a few questions such as how long they’ve been in business, if they have any references, how many tattoos they’ve done, if they guarantee their work and if you can have a look at their portfolio. Based on the impression you get when visiting the artists, pick the one you like best and make an appointment.
Step 4. When showing up in the studio, make sure the artist’s work area and needles are clean and that he/she has all the proper certifications. Then pray a silent prayer and hope for the best
This may look like a lot of things to go through just to get a tattoo. But if you look at your tattoo as a lifetime commitment that you’re going to be looking at every day I’m sure you’ll realize it’s worth it.
PS. Do you have any other tips, tricks or secrets you’d like to share? Post a comment below!
I decided to put up a few pictures of some really beautiful tattoos to get inspired by. When you browse the internet and see all kinds of ugly/tacky tattoos you sometimes tend to forget how beautiful tattoos can really be..
I think these tattoos are STUNNING and right up there with some of the best tattoos I´ve seen! What do you think?
When I found out about this I thought it was so cool and useful I needed to share it with you…
It’s a GREAT way that not a lot of people know of, that will allow you to get creative and easily come up with an almost endless amount of cool tattoo ideas.
Adding tattoo lettering to a tattoo is the perfect way to add some extra meaning to it. A word or a set of words can also make out a great tattoo on their own.
You may already know that you can find quite a few “fonts” (lettering styles) in software programs like Paint or Photoshop, but you may not be aware of how to get access to up to 100,000 fonts and see exactly what your tattoo will look like in REAL TIME…
Have a look at these lettering tattoos I just created in a matter of minutes using this method…
Let’s say that you for some reason happen to want a tattoo with the same style and words as Angelina Jolie’s tattoo here below…
Here’s what I came up with…
Or maybe you like this style better…
Now this is where it gets really cool…
Below I have added tattoo lettering with two of the tattoos our new artists have drawn for us.
Each of the tattoos above took me about 15 minutes to make using a simple program called Paint that comes free with Windows. If you’re not familiar with Paint, don’t worry, I’ll explain everything step-by-step in a minute…
Again, the designs above are simply examples I put together really quickly, I’m sure you can do a lot better if you spend a little more time tweaking. The reason both of these are religious type designs is simply because I found it easier to come up with ideas for tattoos in that category.
Ok, it’s time to show you how you can do this too…
Follow this link and then come back here. The site should be pretty self-explanatory.
By the way, sorry for the bad “I Love Mark” joke
If you for some unexplainable reason have decided that you don’t want an “I Love Mark” tattoo, simply change the text in the “custom preview” box and all fonts will instantly change to display that text.
Close to the top of the page you’ll see a bunch of different categories. Some of my favorites are Retro, Medieval and Celtic (great if you want to add lettering to a celtic design). Want a tattoo in arabic or with arabic letters? Check out the arabic category. As you can see, there are lots of possibilities here.
All the tattoos on the site I linked to above are 100% free for personal use, which means it’s OK to use them for your tattoo.
How to create your lettering tattoo using Microsoft Paint (for Windows users):
1. Click the “Download PC / Mac OS X” button
2. Save the .zip file to your hard drive
3. Open the .zip file and extract the .ttf file(s) (sometimes there are more than one) to your WINDOWS —> fonts – folder on your computer.
4. Go to the start menu in Windows and open Programs —> Accessories —> Paint
5. Once in Paint, click File —> New OR File —> Open if you have a tattoo design on your computer that you would like to add text to.
6. Click the “T” in the toolbar, click somewhere in the workspace and type away!
7. To change the font to the one you just downloaded and to change the size, click View —> Text toolbar in the top menu. If you’ve followed the steps above the font you downloaded should show up in the font list in the toolbar that just opened.
To change the text color, click Colors —> Edit colors in the top menu.
If you didn’t already know how to do this, the steps above may seem complicated at first, but when you’ve done it once and know how it works it’s actually really easy.
When the text looks the way you want it to you can print it out and bring it to your tattoo artist!
If you want access to more (100,000+) and even better quality fonts, check out this site. It will also allow you to “custom preview” just like the site I showed you earlier. Most designs there cost a little money, but if you find a great one it’s probably well worth it.
What really excites me about this is the fact that you can customize ANY tattoo design with tattoo lettering and make it totally unique. Let’s say you have a TattooMeNow membership which contains several thousand designs. Using the method I’ve just told you about you could add your own “twist” to any of the designs, and as you’ve already seen, there are literally thousands of great-looking fonts to choose from.
And with the new artists we’ve hired and the launch of our new site you’ll soon have access to even more great designs. So click the button below to get started right away!
That’s it for now!
PS. Did you like this post? Getting some ideas? Please leave a comment below!