Help Design a Tattoo

  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    About a week ago my two younger sisters approached me with a bit of a random request, they asked me to get a tattoo. They said they want the three of us to get similar or related, if not matching tattoos, something that would symbolize our connections as siblings. I told them I would think about it, which pleased them as they were anticipating a flat out "no". While I have nothing against tattoo's I never considered getting one simply because I have no idea what I would want to have permanently inked on my body. I love my sisters and am so touched by the sentiment of their request that I don't think I can refuse them. The only thing is, I do not care to leave the design of the tattoo(s) in their hands. I'd like to tell them 'yes' but have some ideas as to what tattoo(s) we should get when I do. The problem with that is, I'm not a very creative person....

    Can anyone help by offering suggestions?

    At a minimum, I would like something that shows the three of us all came from the same place but grew into three separate and distinct people, while having some sort of unifying element holding them together.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:58 PM GMT
    A 3-bladed propeller, with each person's name on the blades.
  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
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    I dunno... think that may be a tough sell to my sisters. icon_smile.gif
  • honestsweat

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    Jul 18, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    What you put on your body in your 20s is much different from what you want on your body when you are 75.

    Remember all the dudes that got those barbed wire bicep tattoos? They look pretty cheesy now, don't they.

    Even if they are your sisters you should follow the basics of that quote i saw on your profile:
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    I encourage you to be the master of your body and be the captain of your skin. Skip the tattoo.

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    What about flowers or trees?

    Something like a daylilly or a bonsai...born of the same base, but each develop into distinct and beautiful entities by the time they form pedals/leaves.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    This was the first thing that came to mind icon_lol.gif

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  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    honestsweat saidWhat you put on your body in your 20s is much different from what you want on your body when you are 75.

    Remember all the dudes that got those barbed wire bicep tattoos? They look pretty cheesy now, don't they.

    Even if they are your sisters you should follow the basics of that quote i saw on your profile:
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    I encourage you to be the master of your body and be the captain of your skin. Skip the tattoo.



    That's true. But I would respond by saying this isn't something I'm entering into lightly, nor is it the result of some meaningless trend. This is something intended to be personal and a symbol of my relationship with my sisters, presumably something that will be a substantial portion of my life for the rest of my life. I need only find a concept I like... though I admit, that may not happen.
  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    rund86 saidWhat about flowers or trees?

    Something like a daylilly or a bonsai...born of the same base, but each develop into distinct and beautiful entities by the time they form pedals/leaves.


    That's not a bad idea but I was thinking more in terms of a design as opposed to a graphic like a flower... also, something a bit more unisex, not overtly feminine or masculine as it would be worn by me and my sisters.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    You might consider looking for an abstract design that can be separated into three equal parts. Each of you could get one part of it tattooed on yourself so that when you're together, you can complete the picture.
  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    wildtype87 saidYou might consider looking for an abstract design that can be separated into three equal parts. Each of you could get one part of it tattooed on yourself so that when you're together, you can complete the picture.


    that's actually a great idea, I'll have to see what I can find that would fit...

    A friend just sent me this. I don't really care for this but it illustrates what I was talking about, about us coming from the same place but developing into 3 distinct people:

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    Just add a third line within the flame, where they join at the bottom would illustrate us all coming from the same place. And the difference in sizes could represent each sibling, with the smallest representative of the youngest and the largest representative of the eldest.
  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMaybe a stylized coat of arms. They are mainly used to display and show off surnames but perhaps your tattoo artist can get creative and come up with some cool ideas. They are neither too masculine or too feminine. I find them to be somewhere in the middle.

    Do a google search for "coat of arms" under 'images' and you will find limitless images that can give you some ideas.

    I found this one and thought it was really neat because it has three images (of birds and three crescent moons) which you could define as the three siblings. icon_smile.gif

    Remember, your artist or you can make it as simple or as intricate as you want.

    WATSON-FAMILY-CREST----WATSON-COAT-OF-AR


    Thanks MMTM, I was hoping you would make a recommendation or two given the amount of ink you have. It's interesting that you made that suggestion as my uncle recently found our family's coat of arms while on a trip to do some genealogy research. I'll have to see what ours looks like.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Click on Google.
    Click on Images.
    Enter the word tattoos.
    Browse through all the pics to get some ideas of ones that you like.
    Then, show them to your sisters.
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    Jul 18, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    Get a droplet to symbolize how you are all connected by blood.
    Then put the tattoo somewhere to show how proud you are of your blood bond.
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  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    rexexex saidwell, whatever you do, i suggest you have the ugly one go first


    yea, I'm likely to go first...
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    u cant go wrong with tribal. get like a tribal tree design and on the branches have the names of everyone. make sure they use black also it is the best.
  • sloughwest

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
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    Small geometric design somewhere where it doesnt show normally!
  • tongun18

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said

    Or the Druid symbol for the sacred number three:
    (I personally think this symbol for the number three is very nice)

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    I like this one the most. Perhaps I can take and re-work this...
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    I wonder why no one mentioned the Triforce tattoo?
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    These are Japanese Kanji symbols, the one on top meaning 'Power', 'Courage' on the right and 'Wisdom' on left.
    The one in the middle could be your own name, or your mother's name, or the place you were born, or..., or... or...

    I want to get a custom designed Tugra myself

    For example:

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    You can custom design it since it is Ancient Turkish Calligraphy and write each of the siblings' name on their respective tattoo with a prayer in the calligraphy style.
  • JockUnlimited

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    Jul 19, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    send me what your idea's are. I am a Graphic designer in USA (Massachusetts), and would love to design you a few ideas.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 19, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf you want something small and simple a trinity sign might be good. It has its own original meaning but who's to say you cannot recreate its definition to suit your needs?

    Could be the three of you as a trinity.

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    Or..

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    ....

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    Or the Druid symbol for the sacred number three:
    (I personally think this symbol for the number three is very nice)

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    something like that could be cool, and each of you could have one of the parts colored in your own choice of color to be different
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    How about you all agree to be tattoe virgins and don't get them? How did this become a family priority?
  • TadPohl

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    sloughwest saidtattoo.jpg

    Small geometric design somewhere where it doesnt show normally!


    Isn't this the symbol of the Deathly Hallows? I just watched Happy Potter last night.
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    a monogram made up of the first letter of each of your names, modified for each so that the person who has the tattoo has their initial in the middle, this shows the two siblings as supporting the wearer.

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    There really anything more a tattoo will convey than your DNA. What are you going to do if one of you decided later in life that the design doesn't appeal to him or her anymore?

    Also, if you find any design online, that should be your first hint to not permanently etch it into your skin.