Everything can be designed on paper, but not every design can be tattooed.
I am often asked to create new designs using calligraphy and sometimes to develop ideas that I have never thought of. Every time, my answer is : “Yes, I can do it”. This is something magical with calligraphy, when your imagination has no limits. But when it comes to tattoo designs, you need to be careful as your skin and the tattoo ink are different than paper and ink pen.
Tattoos usually evolve with time because of aging, body shape, skin type, sun exposure and the type of design. The most common phenomenon is slow ink diffusion below the skin.
To minimize the effect of time, it is important to have a design that is suitable for a tattoo. In the case of lettering the main drivers are the thickness of the lines and their separation. The other effect that can influence the quality of a design is the evolution of your body. That’s why it’s very important to select a position for your tattoo that is not likely to change too much over time.
For a quality tattoo that will stay beautiful for a very long time, you need to have in mind that lines must have a minimum of thickness and a minimum of separation. This means that a long sentence will not fit in a small tattoo. You will need either to shorten your text or consider making a bigger tattoo.
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Everything is possible on paper, not for good tattoos.