Does a tattoo always have to mean something?
Not necessarily, but let’s be honest: it always shows a part of your personality, even if there’s no deep meaning or moving story behind it. So even the silliest tattoos still have meaning somehow: they’re an outburst of you as a person, on your own skin.
Should a meaningful tattoo always be unique?
To be fair, most things have been tattooed before. Unless you design your own custom tattoo, or combine names and dates, it likely already exists on someone else’s skin. So don’t try too hard to find something unique, to the point where it gets hard to understand or see what it is. It is the combination of the tattoo and YOU that is unique, and gives meaning to it.
Can’t stand the idea of having a tattoo that someone else already has, especially because of the story behind it? Then a custom Discreet Tattoo is the way to go.
Combining shapes with words
Many first-timers will lean towards reinforcing the meaning of their tattoo with a shape or image that goes with it. Or they simply can’t pick between just text, or just a shape. A quote about time? Let’s put a clock in the design. Love? Hearts!
A design should be for you
Of course, whether you do this is a matter of personal taste, style and preference. But when designing your tattoo, keep in mind that it is for you: you don’t have to alter the design or add things to make it clearer to others.
A butterfly could tell a complete story to you, without any mention of a butterfly whatsoever, no words needed. In the same way, one word alone could remind you of an entire year of travels and adventures, without the need of putting an airplane next to it. Find a shape or word that means something to you!