Although tattoos are an ancient form of expression, until recently they were identified with sailors and bikers. But tattoos have become mainstream. As of 2006, 45 million Americans had at least one tattoo. The result -- fewer stereotypes are associated with tattoos, making them more acceptable in society. Many people get tattoos to commemorate events in their lives, such as the birth of a baby.
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If you are looking for a tattoo with a hidden meaning to commemorate a baby's birth, consider a symbolic tattoo. Anything is a symbol when it means something to you. Consider flowers, hearts, crosses and butterflies. A tattoo artist works with his clients to create the perfect image; tell him exactly what you were looking for if you know or have him create something for you. The final decision is always yours. Remember, a tattoo is permanent so think if you would want the picture in 10 years.
A portrait of the baby, or even the parents and baby, is one way to commemorate the birth. Creating a portrait tattoo is time-consuming, depending on the size of the tattoo. Ask to see the artist's portfolio and references before beginning the tattoo. Portraits are more difficult than other tattoo designs and only select artists will complete them. Because a portrait needs to be precise, bring two separate photographs into the studio with you. The first photograph should be the image you want tattooed, the second is an image of any important details. For example, to show the colour of a child's eyes, a second picture would focus on the eye area.
Most babies have their footprints taken at birth, and the parents take these prints home as a keepsake. Bring the footprints into the tattoo studio and ask the artist to transfer the image. The artist should photocopy or trace the footprint original prior to creating the stencil. This will prevent the original footprint image from getting damaged when transferring the design to your skin. You can use one footprint or both depending on your preference. Add the baby's name and birthdate, if you wish.
Birth Flower Tattoo
Every month has a birth flower associated with it. Search out the flower for your child's birthday and use that as a tattoo. Incorporate the child's name, birthday or even the birth weight with the flower to create a personalised tattoo.
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