Have an itch for a tattoo but don’t know what to get? Many feel pressured to not only find a great artist, but to come up with individual, never done before, creative ideas for subject matter. People will put off getting tattoos because they feel like their ideas aren’t meaningful, or even cool enough. Little do they realize they are sitting on a goldmine of tattoo ideas. The great thing about tattoos is that they are almost always symbolic without trying and can be super abstract to the story or personal meaning behind them.
Mike once encountered a client who was looking to get a tattoo that was a tribute to his daughter. This tribute wasn’t too deep with meaning as much as it was a fun way to forever poke fun at her. The daughter, being very pregnant, was being compared to a T-rex by her family due to the way her arms looked small in contrast to her belly. She had been asked by a friend who had been deployed overseas to watch over their dog. Being pregnant, dog sitting probably seemed like a walk in the park, or even like some puppy therapy for an anxious soon to be mommy. Except it wasn’t-and the dog died under her care. Nervous, embarrassed, upset; many emotions for anyone to feel as a dog killer, let alone a pregnant woman. Her family mocked her, asking if she planned on interacting with a stuffed animal while her friend was oblivious overseas as she decided to keep the news from them. Making fun of her is just considered tough love, right? This client had pulled the most random (and somewhat meaningless to him) story as the subject of his tattoo. What was his tattoo of you ask? A T-rex pulling a stuffed dog on wheels of course. Perhaps it’s a bittersweet story, but it made for a fun and creative tattoo.
It’s not an over the top piece, but it’s definitely one that will always be a great conversation starter and an interesting way to keep his daughter with him everywhere he goes. It’s overwhelming to find a tattoo idea individual just to you. It’s tempting to find tattoos on Pinterest for inspiration, but then we find it hard to stray away from exactly replicating the tattoo we fell in love with on the internet. Find faith in the fact not all tattoos have to be serious or have in-depth meaning behind them. Being able to form an idea for a tattoo, even if the inspiration may seem small or insignificant, is a great form of expression and creativity itself!
Neckbone (Mike Harmon)
Shop Owner and Artist