This Couple’s tattoo of their future wedding date is a good reminder that life can change any minute.

Hands down, a tattoo is one of the best ways to commemorate a major life event or milestone, allowing you the freedom to design something that really captures the moment for a lifetime. But just like getting any other tattoo, you need to make sure you have everything squared away before putting ink to skin, and this means considering getting a commemorative tattoo after the event instead of before… just in case something happens.

They have the date October 16th 2020 inked on their arms in Roman numerals. Picture: SWNS/MegaSource:Mega

THINGS DON’T ALWAYS GO TO PLAN (We’re looking at you COVID-19)

Now this does not apply to everyone, but for tattoos where the time and date are a huge part of the tattoo, and there is even the slightest chance these could change (like it did to this lovely couple – Couple devastated after having wedding date tattooed on arms – before big day cancelled by coronavirus), then it is worth booking in with your favourite tattoo artist a day or two after the event.

But what if you are getting tattooed with a few friends or family who have travelled a long way with everyone hoping to get the same design? 

Don’t stress! This is where clear communication and working collaboratively with your tattoo artist really pays off. Make sure you have a good conversation with your artist about all the things that can change so they can give you the best advice. Chances are they have worked with past clients under similar circumstances.

Tattoo artists understand how important it is to get a design absolutely perfect, so every time you look at it, you’re happy with your piece and the meaning or significance behind it. 

TIMES, DATES, NAMES, VENUES

If you’re considering a tattoo where the time, date or something else that could change beyond your control are a big part of the design, here are a few hints and tips to help you out so you don’t get caught out:

  • When you are speaking with your tattoo artist about the design you want, let them know the importance of any part of the design that could change. It doesn’t hurt to have a list ready to help them out!
  • If your tattoo is based on an upcoming date (like the couple mentioned above), consider making your booking just after the date so you know nothing can go wrong – or if it did, you can just alter the tattoo date.
  • If you want to celebrate a new baby, remember names can change last minute – even if you’ve had your heart set on a name for longer than the pregancy!
  • Never assume! Yes, if you assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Not being 100% with the details for a tattoo that has significant meaning is too big a risk, triple check before you ink.
  • Be open to change and listen to your artist. Sometimes things happen beyond or control which sucks but work closely with your tattoo artist to find a solution you’re happy with.

Got something big coming up you want to commemorate or celebrate? Reach out to us here to make a booking and chat with one of our tattoo artists who can help you design the right piece to get at the right time.