There are images of thousands of tattoos on social media sites. Thousands. Many people have entire boards or pages dedicated to tattoo inspiration and tattoos they like. Social media helps the spread of tattoo trends – such as white ink tattoos, geometric tattoos or watercolor tattoos. Like pictures of haircuts, people bring pictures of tattoos to their local artists asking them to replicate the design. But using someone else’s artwork or copying a tattoo can lead to tattoo regret down the road. Here are three things to think about before you copy a tattoo off Pinterest or Instagram.
Original tattoo artwork is not sourced – The first thing to think about is where the tattoo came from. Most likely, the tattoo itself did not come directly from the original artist’s page. This means you are taking part of someone else’s work without their permission. It also means that somewhere someone worked hard on that design and copying the work directly isn’t fair. In some cases it may be considered copyright infringement. The Art Law Journal goes so far as to recommend tattoo artists to research tattoos brought to them, so they fully understand the origin of the design.
Other people have the same tattoo – The second thing to think about is the fact that other people most likely have the design. If it is a trending photo on Instagram, there are probably others who have been inspired by the design or have copied the design. It helps to think of it like this – a tattoo is something that will be on you forever. Do you really want something that other people have?
Isn’t individual to you – Picking a tattoo based on one that someone else has takes away the individuality of tattoo. We recommend getting a tattoo designed for you specifically. You can bring pictures for inspiration and ideas, but the artist should design the work for you. You will appreciate the tattoo more. Read here for more tips on choosing a design you won’t regret.
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