There are many different reasons for wanting to get an Aztec tattoo, and you should be sure of yours before deciding as they carry a strong message. Obviously you should do all the things you would normally do before getting a Tattoo with regard to checking out the Studio and the artist, especially if it’s your first tattoo.
Next you should give careful thought to your design. If you have read the previous articles in this series on Aztec tattoos, you will know that there is a huge amount of symbolism involved, and that the tattoos are bold and bright. If you want something that is truly authentic and has it’s origins deeply rooted in Aztec Culture then you need to look more in the realms of Aztec History for your inspiration. Books, Libraries, and Aztec history sites would be your inspiration there. This is particularly relevant if you are going to use something complex, like the Aztec Calendar, as it would be very easy to get it wrong.
Most Tattoo Artists have their own portfolio of designs to use either ‘off the shelf’ or as inspiration for your own personal adaptation. Again, they should be able to give you the background on each design so that you can be sure that the Tattoo symbolizes exactly what you want it to. You also need to check that they are experienced inthis type of tatto, the big, bold designs with their strong colors require a steady and experienced hand.
You may well be able to get the basis of a design from one of the online tattoo design sites that provide them for a small fee, then adapt that to your specific needs if it’s not just exactly what you want. Above all, take your time and don’t rush the decision. Once you have decided, double check it with some of the more academic sites and if necessary, get a temporary version done to see how it will look when it’s completed.
Aztec Tattoos are amongst the most striking of all tribal tattoo styles because of the bright colors and you want it to look perfect and say what you want.
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