If you're a little nervous about a permanent stamp, the best way to start is with something small. We can tell you firsthand that tattoo removal is no easy feat. Luckily, we have endless inspiration of real-girl tattoos that will leave you feeling less anxious about expressing something on your skin. Whether you're looking for a mark with meaning or just a fun design, keep reading to check out all of these teeny-tiny tattoo ideas.
Today, getting a tattoo is a no-brainer for many men. After all, some ink can be a seriously cool way to showcase your personality. But, while the choice to go under the needle may be easy, the decision of what exactly to get tattooed on your body and where can be challenging. To ensure you don’t end up regretting your tat in ten years’ time, it’s important to approach the process thoughtfully. To help you do so, we’ve created this ultimate guide filled with advice on how to choose the best tattoos for men.
Although laser treatment is well known and often used to remove tattoos, unwanted side effects of laser tattoo removal include the possibility of discoloration of the skin such as hypopigmentation (white spots, more common in darker skin) and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) as well as textural changes - these changes are usually not permanent when the Nd:YAG is used but it is much more likely with the use of the 755 nm Alexandrite, the 694 nm Ruby and the R20 method. Very rarely, burns may result in scarring but this usually only occurs when patients don't care for the treated area properly. Occasionally, "paradoxical darkening" of a tattoo may occur, when a treated tattoo becomes darker instead of lighter. This occurs most often with white ink, flesh tones, pink, and cosmetic make-up tattoos.[53][54]

Dowdell says that Celtic and tribal tattoos are on the way out (and those similar in design). You might associate them with muscled celebrities and athletes, and recognize them for their ornate patterns or scenery. A Celtic tattoo uses black ink to background crosses, trees, or folkloric animals. A tribal tattoo uses black ink to fill in spiraling, zigzagging arrows and lines, often migrating from the pec onto the shoulder and arm. The tricky thing about tattoos is that you still see the ones that are “out of style”, because they’re permanently on the wearer. So, Dowdell’s point is that he’s doing far fewer of these types anymore, in favor of the aforementioned ones. As seen on: The Rock’s shoulder and arm. (His is technically a Polynesian tattoo, but stylistically in the same vein.)

A sleeve tattoo comes from the cooperation between the tattooist and the customer, in order to show a theme that they have both liked and agreed on. Occasionally, the sleeve is made when someone has plenty of small, individual tattoos found on their leg or arm. This person eventually has them linked to each other with a background tattooing, to be able to create a complete sleeve tattoo. A full sleeve tattoo can take endless hours of non-stop tattooing, sometimes taking days, weeks, months, and even years to finish. Tattoo sleeves have become so popular that plenty of clothing companies have created apparel that simulates the look and feel of a tattoo sleeve with the help of a transparent mesh, that’s printed with tattoo designs. If a person gets both of their arms tattooed as a part of a full-body tattoo, this is also referred to as a sleeve tattoo.
Getting a tattoo sleeve is big commitment and we’re here to help you. We have dedicated senior tattoo artists whose job is to only work on custom tattoo sleeves. These designs can take 50+ hours to design; we don’t just jumble a bunch of images together but compose each idea and image into a collective masterpiece. The composition and creative design is what makes world class tattoo sleeves; the application takes roughly one tenth of the time as the design. Getting your tattoo sleeve designed prior to getting it inked should be your top priority. We are currently the only tattoo design company in the world who designs custom tattoo sleeves from scratch. If you want to make sure your tattoo sleeve is 100% perfect before a needle touches your body, then you’re at the right place. Start by sending us your story, idea or theme for your tattoo sleeve and we will get back to you to as soon as we can.
1. Consider a doctor. I'd previously had one tattoo zapped at a spa (I was living in small-town Canada where there weren't plastic surgery offices or dermatologists), where an aesthetician used an outdated heat laser that ended up burning and scarring my skin. This time around, I'm having treatments done by Dr. John F. Adams at the New York Dermatology Group, where everything is done under medical supervision. I suggest you find your own doctor by asking friends, editors (shameless plug), and even by stopping people that you see with removal in process—which, yes, I have done.
Each militarybranch has their own restrictions pertaining to tattoos. As of April 2007, the United States Marines Corp. banned tattoo sleeves except for those already grandfathered in prior to the policy change. If you plan on enlisting you can forget tattoo sleeves for now. This consideration must also be made for employment. Potential employers may have regulations banning sleeve tattoos or any visible tattoos for that matter. If you must stay sheathed from shoulder to wrist, you'll be hot in the summer.
He cites Xed Lehead as a key pioneer of the sacred geometry tattoo style. You can learn more about him on Tattrx. The trendiness can have its downside. Lewis stated: "Sometimes sacred geometry is used without people knowing what it is, but just because it's trendy, or because they saw it on the web or on someone else and that they thought it looked cool."

Geometric sleeve tattoos do exist, and they come in plenty of awesome patterns as well. Throughout different portions of the arms, a tattoo artist can build a beautifully harmonious design that is sure to compliment whatever other kind of tattoo you have on your body. Geometric sleeve tattoos contain loads and loads of detail that you just want to know where it starts and where it ends.
First, before I decided to get one I researched pretty much all legitimate tattoo shops in the DFW area, and even some in Houston. Viet was the ONLY place that had all 5 star reviews (not just on Yelp, but other sites, too). That gave me some comfort, but continued to search just in case. Then I got on to his facebook page and saw his work (which he has more pictures of than on the Blink studio website) and WOW. It was beautiful and it appeared he could do pretty much everything!

Surveys of tattoo removal patients were done in 1996 and 2006 and provided more insight. Of those polled, the patients who regretted their tattoos typically obtained their tattoos in their late teens or early twenties, and were evenly distributed by gender. Among those seeking removals, more than half reported that they "suffered embarrassment". A new job, problems with clothes, and a significant life event were also commonly cited as motivations.[11] Tattoos that were once a symbol of inclusion in a group, such as a gang, can make it difficult to become employed.[2] Tattoos that indicate a significant relationship such as a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, can become problematic if the relationship ends.[12] Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Marc Anthony and Denise Richards are some of the celebrities that have had this kind of tattoo removed.[13]
I'm obsessed with my tattoo! Viet captured the design that was in my head so well, and it came out perfectly. This was my first tattoo, so I asked all kinds of questions about ink, sanitation, pain, etc. I'm that girl. Viet was super patient with me, let me know his awesome health code history (squeaky clean!), and answered all of my questions. His studio is a really clean, comfortable, stylish environment. My sister came with me and enjoyed herself watching The Avengers on his TV. Viet is an awesome guy who really knows how to take care of his clients. I'd recommend him to anyone and everyone! I couldn't be happier with my first tattoo or the experience of getting it!
Blink Tattoos isn't your typical tattoo business. It's located within a building in downtown that houses other businesses, and sessions are made strictly with appointments, so it's not a place someone can just walk in and look around while you're getting worked on. I've been to other  prototypical shops in Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts with friends while they were getting tatted and a random person would walk in and my friend's tattooer would stop and talk to the potential client while leaving my friend to just wait til he finishes his conversation. Not with Viet. Once you make your appointment and walk in the door, it's all about you. He locks the door, silences his phone, and has his undivided attention on you and your tattoo. Appointments are scheduled pretty well in advance. Don't be surprised if you have to wait a month or so to schedule a session. A long wait, but just a testament to how in demand this guy is, and for good reason.
Local allergic responses to many tattoo pigments have been reported, and allergic reactions to tattoo pigment after Q-switched laser treatment are also possible. Rarely, when yellow cadmium sulfide is used to "brighten" the red or yellow portion of a tattoo, a photoallergic reaction may occur. The reaction is also common with red ink, which may contain cinnabar (mercuric sulphide). Erythema, pruritus, and even inflamed nodules, verrucose papules, or granulomas may present. The reaction will be confined to the site of the red/yellow ink. Treatment consists of strict sunlight avoidance, sunscreen, interlesional steroid injections, or in some cases, surgical removal. Unlike the destructive modalities described, Q-switched lasers mobilize the ink and may generate a systemic allergic response. Oral antihistamines and anti-inflammatory steroids have been used to treat allergic reactions to tattoo ink.
Removing a tattoo with laser treatment will be extremely painful and may leave uncomfortable and unappealing scars in your tattoo area. Laser tattoo removal would cost you anywhere from 1,500-10,000 dollars depending on the size of your tattoo. QuickFade is inexpensive and in only 90 days you can achieve laser like tattoo removal results in the comfort of your own home. If you do choose to have your tattoo removed by a laser, pre-fading your tattoo with QuickFade can literally save you hundreds of dollars.
We use a medical grade numbing cream for all tattoo removal treatments, and can sometimes offer injection of numbing agent for certain small tattoos, which makes the treatment generally painless. When the treatment is initiated, you may feel a sensation similar to tapping or a rubber band snapping. The process is fast and simple and once treatment is done, there is no more pain.Our nurses have been trained to be diligent in the process of tattoo removal to ensure the best coverage for the ultimate best results.
The use of Q-switched lasers could very rarely produce the development of large bulla. However, if patients follow post care directions to elevate, rest, and apply intermittent icing, it should minimize the chances of bulla and other adverse effects. In addition, health care practitioners should contemplate the use of a cooling device during the tattoo removal procedure. While the infrequent bulla development is a possible side effect of Q-switched laser tattoo removal, if treated appropriately and quickly by the health care practitioner, it is unlikely that long term consequences would ensue.[52]
It cannot be denied that these days, geometric art is one of those body adornments that are gaining more and more popularity every single day among men and women tattoo lovers in the world. A lot of people who are not into tattoos are even getting curious about it. Well, there is actually no one to blame here since this body art is absolutely very interesting and stunning to look at, leaving every single person looking at it extremely puzzled. When talking about paintings, geometrical tattoos are just like those abstract paintings that may look like a total mess, but they have actually a lot of deeper meanings. The tattoo can be related to the math subject that is known as Geometry. It is simply because the main design of the tattoo has something to do with the geometrical shapes that are known to be symmetrical.

Today's the day, you're ready to commit, and you just know in your heart — it's tattoo time! Now you need help figuring out how to pick a full tattoo sleeve theme. I've been on a mission for Bustle, interviewing tattoo artists all over the Bay Area. My goal has been to learn more about tattoo sleeves so I can help ladies who are ready to go under the gun, but still need more information. I've covered what part of a tattoo sleeve hurts the most and facts to know before getting started. I wrote a piece answering how long does a full sleeve tattoo take and how to deal with aftercare. But I honestly think picking the theme is the most exciting part.
Generally, anyone with an unwanted tattoo can be treated, with the following exceptions:Pregnant or nursing women.Those with an active infection at or near the desired treatment area.Those with heart problems, cancer, history of seizures and immune system disorders.Those with implanted medical devices.Those with a history of Keloid Scarring as tattoo removal may cause keloid scarring.Other factors will need to be considered once you have come in for a free consultation with one of our medical professionals.

“Eraser Clinic is the best! I’ve done my research on tattoo removal places and this place was just so welcoming, fast, and comfortable. I recommend them to everyone I know who is thinking about getting a tattoo removed (which is a lot of people). I see a major difference already and so do my friends/family. The results are amazing and it is affordable, so you can’t beat that.”
“What a great example of impeccable customer service and true expertise. I felt incredibly welcome and in very safe hands at Eraser Clinic. I’ve been working up to removing my tattoo for years now and I’ve had several consultations at other places. This was the first time I felt comfortable enough to actually have a laser treatment and I’m sorry I waited so long. The price was much more affordable than I expected and much cheaper than the general med-spa type places around town.”

Experimental observations of the effects of short-pulsed lasers on tattoos were first reported in the late 1960s by Leon Goldman and others.[22][23][24] In 1979 an argon laser was used for tattoo removal in 28 patients, with limited success. In 1978 a carbon dioxide laser was also used, but because it targeted water, a chromophore present in all cells, this type of laser generally caused scarring after treatments.[25][3][26][2]
There are a number of factors that determine how many treatments will be needed and the level of success one might experience. Age of tattoo, ink density, color and even where the tattoo is located on the body, all play an important role in how many treatments will be needed for complete removal. However, a rarely recognized factor of tattoo removal is the role of the client’s immune response.[45] The normal process of tattoo removal is fragmentation followed by phagocytosis which is then drained away via the lymphatics. Consequently, it’s the inflammation resulting from the actual laser treatment and the natural stimulation of the hosts’s immune response that ultimately results in removal of tattoo ink; thus variations in results are enormous.[46]
Leave the colors to the artist. Hamlet suggests not bringing in a fully rendered drawing of the image and colors you want. The more I interview tattoo artists, the more I am coming to understand that getting a tattoo is like commissioning an artist to paint a mural. You do own the building, but you don't hand the artist a photo of another artist's mural and tell them to replicate it for you. Instead, you say your building works for peace and you want a mural that conveys that message and that you especially love lily of the valley flowers and the image of the rising sun. Then you let the artist do what they do: Create some art!
We will ask that you continue to keep the treated area moisturized, ideally with Aquaphor (which we will provide for you). Do not pick peel or scratch the treatment area. Let the area heal on its own. Bandaging is not required after the initial day post treatment.Cover the treated area with a thick bandage covering if you are planning on being in the sun. We ask that you refrain from hot tubs, swimming pools, dips in the ocean or water sports until the skin’s surface has completed healed and sealed up again-meaning there should be no openings in the area targeted.If you are unsure of what this exactly means, feel free to come in and show us your treated area, or even email or text us a photo to get medical guidance on how to properly take care of your skin.
To help you, at least a little, we got some design suggestions from Sean Dowdell, co-owner of Club Tattoo, which has locations in Las Vegas, as well as Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, AZ. Dowdell's team has inked celebs like Slash, Miley Cyrus, Amar’e Stoudemire, Blake Shelton, Steve Aoki, and Keith Sweat. We asked him for suggestions on the most popular types of tattoos today—and ones that will look good with time, instead of feeling dated to a certain decade.

I'm obsessed with my tattoo! Viet captured the design that was in my head so well, and it came out perfectly. This was my first tattoo, so I asked all kinds of questions about ink, sanitation, pain, etc. I'm that girl. Viet was super patient with me, let me know his awesome health code history (squeaky clean!), and answered all of my questions. His studio is a really clean, comfortable, stylish environment. My sister came with me and enjoyed herself watching The Avengers on his TV. Viet is an awesome guy who really knows how to take care of his clients. I'd recommend him to anyone and everyone! I couldn't be happier with my first tattoo or the experience of getting it!
Before getting a tattoo, make sure that you’re in the pink of heath. During the tattooing session, your body’s immune system will start kicking into overdrive. So you must live a healthy lifestyle a few weeks prior to getting a tattoo – Meaning no alcohol, no drugs, and get the right amount of sleep. You must also eat a proper meal before you head on to your appointment, to keep your blood sugar levels up. Bring some refreshments with you, like a water bottle and snacks – A tattoo session could last for as long as four hours.
The finger second in from the pinkie finger on the left hand is commonly known as the ‘ring finger’ and is often reserved for a wedding ring as a sign that you’re married. It is quite common place for modern couples to get a tattoo there in place of a ring as rings are very expensive especially to lose! A small, simple tattoo such as the love heart above looks beautiful and is also easy to cover up should you need to.
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