Portrait Tattoo Pictures & Designs
Most portrait tattoos are memorials to loved ones: family members, friends, and even pets who have passed away. In these cases, getting the tattoo is a part of the grieving process. So, you want to make sure that you can find a tattoo artist that can reproduce a picture of your loved one and be sensitive and respectful of what you want in your tattoo.
Portrait Tattoos of ChildrenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Choosing the Picture for Your Portrait Tattoo
Portrait tattoos are very complex in terms of details. They involve a high level of shading and blending.
So, make sure that you have a good, clear picture of the loved one that you want a portrait tattoo of. Remember that the better the picture, the better the result of your tattoo.
The best picture that you can find doesn't just mean it is clear and crisp. It should also be an appropriate size. You will want to find the best picture you can that's at least 3" x 3" but no smaller.
Remember that the bigger you want your tattoo, the bigger the picture should be. This will make tracing the picture easier, so the artist does not have to stretch the picture before tracing, which can distort it.
Memorial Portrait TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Choosing a Tattoo Artist for a Portrait Tattoo
Portrait tattoos require a great deal of skill that not every tattoo artist has or is capable of possessing. Look around before you make the final decision of which tattoo artist will tattoo the portrait of your loved one.
Take a look at your friend's tattoos. Their friends. Maybe they have a portrait-type tattoo. Or maybe they can refer you to someone, like an artist or tattoo shop.
Try not to base your decision on a tattoo artist that you've seen work online. Ask to see their work in person beforehand.
Most tattoo artists will have a portfolio of their work. If the tattoo artist is truly of his art and skill, you will see the original picture aside the tattoo. This will give you even more insight as to what he can do.
Sometimes, tattoo artists themselves will recommend you to someone who specializes in a certain type of tattoo. Although this is not usually the case, it doesn't hurt to ask whether your normal tattoo artist is familiar with a good portrait tattooist in the area.
Celebrity Portrait TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Where to Put a Portrait Tattoo
When choosing a size for your portrait tattoo, you will want to remember that the smaller the tattoo, the less detail you will see. The less detail in your finished tattoo may lead to a lesser quality portrait design. So, you will want to size your tattoo at least 4" x 6."
The most common placements for portrait tattoos include:
- Upper arm
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