This is it.
The big night with the woman of your DREAMS.
She looks ready to melt as you start to unbutton your shirt…
SHE SEES YOUR HIDEOUS TATTOO!
(Romantic music screeches to a halt.)
What were you THINKING when you let some hack scratch that atrocity onto your chest?
Granted, tattoos won't always kill your chances of getting laid. In fact, men have been wearing them for thousands of years. They often signal strength, toughness, grit.
In other words, they can be an awesome way to augment your style…
IF you choose wisely.
Studies show that tattoos make you look more masculine, aggressive, and dominant.
But it’s important to remember that they're essentially permanent. Removing them is costly, painful, and not always effective.
For this reason, when you get a tattoo you'll want it done right. Make sure it's something you'll be proud of for years to come.
Read on to discover the seven worst tattoo mistakes men make.
Tattoo Mistake #1: Face, Neck, And Hand Tattoos
Although tattoos have recently become more acceptable than in previous decades, having a tattoo on your face, neck, or hands is still generally frowned upon, especially in professional settings.
If you're wondering ‘do tattoos affect job opportunities?' – the answer is often a big YES. Unless you're a rock star or work in a tattoo parlor, keep your tattoos limited to places on your body that you can easily cover with clothing.
Tattoo Mistake #2: The Curse Of The Name Tattoo
I get it – you’ve been going out with this new girl for a few weeks and she is everything you’ve ever wanted. You are going to tattoo her name on your body as a sign of your undying love for her.
STOP RIGHT THERE. You're about to make a very serious mistake.
Statistically, tattoos last longer than most relationships. So if (when?) this perfect relationship ends, removing that tattoo may be more painful and difficult than your breakup was.
Tattoo Mistake #3: Trendy Tattoos
Trendy tattoos can easily date you. Barbed wire around the bicep, for example, screams “1996!”. It’s far better to go with something timeless, like an anchor, flower, or skull.
If you really like a tattoo style that's currently popular, there’s nothing wrong with getting it. Just be intentional. Don’t get something just because it’s in fashion right now.
Tattoo Mistake #4: Cheap Tattoo Fails
‘You get what you pay for' applies to many areas of men’s style. Tattoos are no exception. If you're getting something permanent on your skin, you'll want to make sure it’s good quality.
Do your research. Find a skilled tattoo artist who does consistently good work. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit more to get a quality tattoo.
Tattoo Mistake #5: Tattoos Under The Influence
A tattoo might sound like a great idea when it's 2:00 AM and you're plastered.
Don't do it.
Trust me. This is NOT a good decision to make under the influence. (Probably the only good decision you can make when you're drunk is to hand over your keys. But I digress.)
Something this permanent should only be done when you're sober and after careful consideration – not when your brain is fogged by alcohol.
Tattoo Mistake #6: Misspelled Tattoos
Few things look as ridiculous as a misspelled tattoo.
There are many examples of this on the internet. Don’t join this unfortunate group.
Do your research. Make sure your tattoo artist has done his. And remember, spellcheck is your friend.
Tattoo Mistake #7: Tattoos You'll Regret Later In Life
Steer clear of anything that you would be ashamed to show your family. Anything sexual, racist (What's wrong with you!?) or involving profanity is to be avoided. A naked lady on your forearm may seem cool now, but what about in twenty years, when you're trying to teach your son about personal responsibility and good judgment? Keep it classy. You'll be glad you did.
There you have it, gents. Avoid these 7 mistakes and you'll be well on your way to rocking some awesome tattoos. Just remember that there are different views on tattoos in different cultures – what's cool and acceptable in one may be quite offensive in another.
As with all aspects of personal style, the most important thing to remember with tattoo is to be deliberate and think it through. A tattoo isn’t something you want to get on impulse. You want to be proud of it 10, 20, even 30 years from now.
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