Tattoo Help PLEASE!

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Hi all,

Well I thought I would share some stuff that I’ve been trying to figure out lately. OK here goes … I REALLY WANT a tattoo! But this tattoo has special meaning to me. I’ve wanted one for years and in my twenties I was so TOTALLY going to get a sun on my ankle. At the time I was a server at a seafood restaurant in Orlando called Shell’s and was at the beach on my days off, totally a beach chic! I’m so glad I didn’t get that because it really wouldn’t have much meaning to me now. The tattoo I want to get is because of my sweet baby girl, Lorelei. She is my inspiration and joy! She will always be my daughter and I will always love her no matter what. I want a piece of art to signify my love for her. My original idea was to have her birth flower which is the carnation (pink) with her name. The carnation is the birth flower for January and it also symbolizes a mother’s love which is why it’s often given out to mother’s on Mother’s Day. Now being a designer I thought this would be a simple task to take on, just a flower and a name, but the more I think about it the more I don’t want it to look like something everyone else has, I need to mix it up a bit. I’m drawing a blank though. One thought was to have like a gust of wind blowing the flower and petals around because she was a complete and unexpected surprise to Jason and I. Another idea was to have one of those cute vintage swallows holding onto a banner with her name and somehow incorporating the flower in there and if it’s not too much to ask I want a heart somewhere. I also like those swirls and scripts they often do. I don’t know where to start!! UGH! I’ve looked at numerous websites, watch Miami Ink and LA Ink, looked at magazines and nothing is coming to me. I don’t know if I’m doing too much in one tattoo because I’m not sure what works and I don’t want a super HUGE piece of art on me. I’m thinking of putting it on the inside of my ankle or on the backside of my wrist. Any opinions, ideas and thoughts are WELCOME! I’m a tattoo virgin and not sure where to start, can anyone help me??? Thanks so much!!

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  1. I’m in the same place. I actually have several tattoos on my lower back. (Two swallows, a ring of flowers and some stars. Each symbolize something: family, my time in college and my best friend. For my son I thought about his birth flower, adding banner, birth stone colors.) I think the flower with the petals blowing was very original. My advice is to take your concept to a tattoo artist with great references and explain your preferences, including scripts and swirls. I don’t recommend drawing a finalized piece as it will limit the ability of the tattooist to create a flowing cohesive design. Most will be able to create a composition to show you, including incorporating fill to your liking. There are quite a few elements in there with the heart, script, etc. But a good artist will work with you and come up with something. You may need to be willing to compromise some part of your design; it may affect the overall composition of the piece. Good luck!Okay, I’ve hijacked your comments, but let me know how it turns out!

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