Being Familiar With Popular Tattoo Designs in an Essential Part of Learning How to Tattoo
As part of the process of learning how to tattoo, you will have to familiarize yourself with the most popular tattoo designs. While there are many clients who will ask for an original creation from you, you will probably find yourself tattooing the same recurring designs. Here is a short guide to some of the most popular designs for tattoos.
1. Angels. These are spiritual rather than explicitly religious symbols since they are considered to be protective in nature. They come in a variety of designs that usually reflect the culture of the person getting the tattoo. Popular designs are images of familiar archangels such as Gabriel or Uriel.
2. Crosses. Like angels, people who get cross tattoos may not necessarily be religious but see the cross as an expression of their spirituality. Crosses are available in a variety of designs ranging from the familiar Christian crucifix to Celtic crosses and even Egyptian crosses.
3. Wings are usually seen as a symbol of freedom and worn on the back. The wearer may also request a wing tattoo as a way of indicating that they have successfully passed through some spiritual test in their lives. Wing designs can be those inspired by angelic or mythological symbols or derived from nature such as butterflies or birds.
4. Stars seem to be popular among celebrities, possibly as a visual pun or because they see the star as symbolizing fame. A star tattoo may also be a symbol of good luck.
5. Tribal symbols are the most requested class of tattoo designs, particularly those inspired by Polynesian or Maori designs. Part of the reason for their popularity is that there are a wide variety of tribal designs to choose from. These designs are usually symmetrical and generally done in stark black, with only touches of color to highlight particular details.
6. Dragons are a perennially popular design due to their significance in both Eastern and Western mythology. While they can be any size, dragon tattoos generally are large enough to cover the man's chest or the woman's back. Dragon tattoos can also be worn as a sleeve on the arm.
7. Kanji, or tattoos utilizing Japanese characters, are inexplicably popular even among those who are not of Asian descent who may have no idea of what the characters mean and simply think the tattoo looks cool.
8. Fairies are a particularly popular among women because they are perceived as being very feminine. The most requested fairy design is that of Tinkerbell from the Disney movie Peter Pan.
9. Hearts are, of course, perennial tattoo designs that the wearer gets to symbolize their affection for somebody and usually come with the name of their loved one as part of the design.
10. Roses are another evergreen design requested by both men and women because they have a wide variety of meanings, ranging from beauty to love.
Familiarizing yourself with these common designs will be a great help when you learn how to tattoo as you will surely be asked to do many of these designs by your clients.