For those of you following on twitter, I finally got my first tattoo this week and it was a pretty awesome experience. It was, of course, inspired by a bookish theme. But I’m already planning my next one and I almost certainly think it should be a YA inspired one. I’ve thought of a few series you could easily tattoo from. Let’s all share and care to help inspire each other!
Things to consider/I’ve learned from my tattoo experience:
1) Size of your ink
Since lines blur and fade over time, you want something that’s not going to become a hot mess in a few years. If you’re getting a small tattoo, keep it simple and not too detailed.
Also, if it’s your first tattoo, maybe do what I did and go with something small and quick to get.
2) Consider future ink
This was some great advice I got online. Remember, each tattoo you get might be awesome, but how are they going to look all together? Is there a common theme? Colour scheme? Make sure you’re not a clashing mess.
3) Style of ink
Think critically about the style of tattoo you’re getting. Water colour and white tattoos are very popular at the moment and look amazing – for now. But water colour tattoos age badly and white tattoos are very prone to accidents like blue ink leaking into the white ink. Remember, a tattoo isn’t just for now, you have to think about how it’s going to look five or ten and even more years from now.
With that said, here’s some YA tattoo inspiration I could find!
4) Ageing of your ink
Your ink will age. Really quickly in some cases. Artists post new ink to advertise, and sometimes you see amazing things done. But the unfortunate facts are that many of those tattoos are going to age badly, sometimes within a few months. Your skin stretches with age. The lines thicken and detail blurs. Small, detailed tattoos can quickly become a hot mess. Water colour tattoos without strong lines fade and become difficult to distinguish unless you get regular touch ups. Just try to think of the future with your ink.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
“As was custom among all the great bloodlines of Shima, he had been adorned with beautiful tattoos on his thirteenth birthday.”
“Each man… displaying a myriad of irezumi-tattoos-in all colours of the rainbow.”
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
When he’d turned his back, she’d seen another design on his skin, some sort of hawk with wings spanning shoulder to shoulder. -PG 110, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Rather, she held up her hands in front of her face, palms out. In the centre of each was an eye inked in deepest indigo, in effect turning her hands into hamsas, those ancient symbols of warding against the evil eye. – pg. 14, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris’ Dauntless Tattoo
First, she gets the Dauntless seal tattoo with Christina. As Tris notes, tattoos “are a part of life here” with the Dauntless—and here is where she lives (19.29). Let’s also throw in the fact that she gets this tattoo with Christina, which is sort of the classic friendship bonding experience (at least, if you were in the army or navy in the 1950s). SOURCE
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Harry Potter has a lightning scar on his forehead, you could get that. Or you could get one of the hundreds of other Harry Potter inspired tattoos.
The Hunger Games
The pin originally belonged to Madge Undersee’s aunt, Maysilee Donner, a tribute who died in the 50th Hunger Games. When Katniss first saw Madge wearing the pin, she thought that it could keep a family fed with bread for months due to the fact that it is made of finely crafted gold. When Madge came to bid Katniss farewell she offered it to her as a symbol of District 12 and made her promise to wear it in the arena. SOURCE
Basically, make good life choices, people. I can’t imagine how a book themed tattoo wouldn’t be one of them. Well, unless of course you’re under 18. In which case, homework is equally as fun as tattoos. Do your homework instead.