Will my idea make a good tattoo?

Nothing is more permanent in this world than a tattoo, so it needs to be done right! Please don’t be offended if I don’t think your idea or design will translate into a good tattoo. Tattooing is a very particular medium, and what works on paper won’t always work well on skin, and vice versa. Many factors have to be taken into consideration in the composition, planning and execution of the design, particularly in taking into consideration how the tattoo will heal and change over time – as your skin ages, your tattoo will blur and spread very slightly. This is not a major factor, and the blurring you get with contemporary tattoo techniques is certainly not comparable to the green smudges you occasionally see on tattoos done back in the 1970s and 80s (and earlier!), but every tattoo will change slightly over time simply due to the biomechanics of ink in skin cells. This is a predictable effect and we tattooists are able to plan the design so that, if anything, it will only look better as it ages, but it does mean that certain design features, particularly very fine detail and tattoos without solid outlines, are inadvisable. This effect is magnified on certain areas of the body where the skin is thinner or thicker than average, and will be explained to you during your consultation.

I will only tattoo designs I judge will look great forever, and which I will be willing to stake my name and reputation on decades hence. I’d rather give you no tattoo than a bad tattoo – if I don’t think your design will work as a good tattoo, I hope you will trust my judgement and ensure that, together, we can produce a piece that we can both be proud of!