Tattoo Ideas: Portraits
Written by: Jaclyn Popola
As with any body modification, DO YOUR RESEARCH AHEAD OF TIME. Portrait tattoos require a certain degree of skill that not every tattoo artist has, and an amount of talent that not every tattoo artist is capable of. If you know someone who has a portrait tattoo you have seen firsthand and that you admire, ask them for a referral to the parlor or artist they went to. If you are going by an online recommendation or selecting a tattoo artist out of the blue, ask to see some examples of their work beforehand. Most seasoned tattooists have put together a portfolio displaying samples of work they have done. The best portfolios will have a picture of the finished tattoo alongside a copy of the original photograph. You want to make sure that the completed tat is realistic, and that it actually looks like the person it's supposed to resemble.
Keep in mind that there is a minimum size requirement for portrait tattoos. The absolute smallest a tattoo artist will go is about 3" x 3", and that's pushing it. The smaller the tattoo, the less detail you will see in the finished product. Typical size ranges from 4" x 6" and larger, which should fit nicely on an adult shoulder.
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