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How To Find The Best Placement For Your Ink, According To A Tattoo Artist

'It's always best to think things through until you're 100 percent certain.'
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Aside from the actual design, one of the important things to decide on before booking a tattoo sesh is the *placement*. There are a lot of factors you have to think about: Do you want it hidden or not? What size are you going for? Do you have other tattoos you need to consider as well? What if it's your first-ever ink?

With those questions in mind, we decided to consult Kenneth Abad, a professional tattoo artist at 55tinta, on what he thinks. If you already have a design in mind but you're stuck on where exactly you want to place it, read on for some insight and guidance below:

How to Find the Best Placement for your Tattoo, According to a Tattoo Artist

1. Ask yourself how visible do you want your tattoo to be.

If your workplace or school doesn't allow any visible ink, it's better to place yours somewhere more low-key. More inconspicuous places include your ribcage, underboob, or and back.

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2. Think ahead in terms of placement.

If you're planning on adding more tattoos in that particular area in the future, Kenneth says that it's wise to think ahead. If you want to add on more ink in a certain spot, it's best to do it somewhere that has more surface area, like your arm or leg. He recommends going for a small or medium-sized tattoo if you plan on getting a bigger one in the future, just so the entire piece ~flows~ together nicely.

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3. Consider the *style* of your tattoo.

Fine line tattoos are super hot at the moment and they're the best style for people who prefer dainty and minimalist ink, but they wear better on certain areas of the body. It's not recommended to get them on areas that tend to have high motion, such as the forearms or fingers. The ink tends to fade faster in those areas since they can rub against the skin, so it requires more TLC and regular touchups!

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4. When in doubt, consult your tattoo artist.

Of course, you will always have the last say when it comes to the placement, size, and design of your body art, but one of the jobs of your tattoo artist—aside from actually tattooing you—is to guide you through the process. According to Kenneth, if you're not 100 percent sure about your design, its size, and placement, don't go through with the session. Since it's going to be on your body *forever*, it's important to think it through.

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5. At the end of the day, it still depends on the client.

According to Kenneth, if he sees that his client is already moderately tattooed, he gives them freedom on where they want to place their ink since they are already experienced enough to do so. Most of the time, though, they still ask for their tattoo artist's opinion. As a rule of thumb, Kenneth says that balance is key. If you already have a lot of work done on the left side, place your new ink on the right. If your upper body is already filled with tattoos, get inked somewhere on your leg.