The design of your tattoo needs thoughtful consideration. It certainly is possible to design your own and in this way it makes your tattoo more personal. You may want a design that reflects your personality or is dedicated to a passion of yours or a special person or event in your life. Firstly you need to decide on whether your design will contain a graphic or words or both. If it is to be just words you will need to decide on a font, size, colour and position. Look through fonts on your computer or purchase some tattoo magazines to get your ideas. Experiment with looking at your wording in a variety of different fonts and sizes. Choose one that can be read easily and suits the wording and effect you are trying to achieve. Decide if you want it to be discreet or very visual and bold. This will help you determine the position of your tattoo also. Do you want others to see it or do you want it to be positioned in an area you can cover up? Print it out and experiment with positioning. If the design of your tattoo is going to be a graphic spend some time making some drawings you can work with. You can draw a freehand design or use a specifically designed computer program to help you develop your ideas. Consider the size and the area to be tattooed when designing. To use colour or not is also a decision you will need to make. You may also want to combine graphics and words. Take it to the tattooist who can give you some advice and fine tune your design. Having input into your tattoo makes this a very personal experience. There are many reasons why people decide to have a tattoo. A dedication to a sporting group, remembrance of a loved one or expression of love are examples where creating your own design would be relevant and appropriate. Names, dates, meanings, initials and sayings are examples of how you can personalize your wording. Your graphics can be personalized by using portraits, symbols, emblems or characters that have some relevance to you. When you have made your final choices make sure you choose a tattooist who will respect your input and ideas and will help you to get the overall required effect. Designing your own tattoo takes some time and thought but can be well worth it.