A lasting memory of your vacation: 3 ideas for travel tattoos
By Aimee Heckel
Jessica is slowly building her sleeve. At the end of every major vacation, she finds the most reputable tattoo shop and gets a tattoo that she feels symbolizes her experience. A tree for South Africa. A frog in Peru. Her tattoo collection is an ever evolving piece of personal art that she carried with her everywhere, and also reflects in a physical way the ways her travels have changed her on the inside.
As tattoos continue to surge in popularity — a Harris poll last year found one in five American adults have a tattoo, up from 14 percent in 2008 — so do travel-themed tattoos.
If you’re considering getting a tattoo on vacation, do your research. Getting a tattoo in a foreign country poses its own health risks, because standards of safety aren’t the same everywhere. Instead, you could always look for art or quotes while abroad to bring home to put on your body at a local shop with a solid reputation.
Here are three ideas for travel-themed tattoos:
1. A word or phrase on your foot, like “wanderlust,” or “tread lightly.” The foot is a popular place for a travel tattoo because it symbolizes taking steps into adventure.
2. A compass, whether old school style or a delicate black and white sketch that fits your personality. A compass is more subtle than a map of the world (although there are plenty of those in online tattoo forums, like this one). If you are drawn to the west coast, for example, perhaps your compass needle could point to the west.
3. A beautiful pattern from the country you want to symbolize. Find inspiration everywhere, from textiles to paintings to the museum to even flatware. Take this exotic Indian plate set at Macy’s, with tiny flowers and a blue band. Although you really don’t want to copy a pattern directly, bring inspirations like this to your artist and have him or her design something unique but similar.
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