So you’ve got a tattoo already but now you want to get real serious?  The cat staring back at most of the world is just not enough for you anymore and now you want a rainbow dragon that’s breathing fire?

Time to up the ante, as they say, and take your tattoo from ordinary to extraordinary!  The single most excellent step to take once you’ve become a seasoned tattoo owner, is to take the plunge and get something elaborate.  Real elaborate.

Here are some of the ways you can do it.

Take The Cat You Already Have On Your Back, And Build A Jungle Around Him

Chances are your best tattoo is probably on your best body part.  Well, even if not, the point is that you don’t really want to ‘lose’ that original.  So one of the best ways to enhance without ruining that first-time beauty, expand on it!  If you’ve got a lion, build a pride.  A dragon with a serpent tongue is cool – but a dragon fighting the Vikings over the backdrop of the Arctic skies is WAY cooler.  Even if you don’t want to get too crazy, the idea is that with some additions to your existing tattoo design, you can get a whole new and improved one with some imagination.

Show Them Your True Colors

A lot of times, beginner tattoos are one-dimensional and usually done in a single color.  By bringing in a splash of color to your pride and joy you can literally take a boring (and once exciting image to look at) and renew it as if it’s a brand new tattoo altogether.  Imagine having an image of your favorite bird – now think of him with a coat of bright blue.  Your favorite pirate tattoo would look WAY cooler if the bandanna he is wearing was a beautiful deep red, wouldn’t it?

Parade a Permanent Exhibit of Your Exquisite Art

Beginner tattoos usually come with at least some inhibition.  At least most of the times.  If you’re one of those  slightly shy people or preferred to slowly open up this side of your style sense to the rest of the world until now – now’s the time to think more ‘public’.  A new tattoo in a very prominent place, in and of itself, is a smashing (as the British say) way to share your favorites; whether it’s the logo of the bad-ass rock group (you know, the one that you’re a lifetime member of their fan club), an ornate rendition of your zodiac star sign, an elaborate and complex eagle or an intricate drawing of your honeymoon scene at the beach.  No matter what you go for, putting it on display in an ‘out there for all to see’ spot, definitely ups the ante.

Say it Loud – and Say it Proud

Ok, so we’ve borrowed the Godfather of Soul’s famed phrase (sort of) but the idea is that you can make a major statement with your tattoo if you really want to.  Let people know you and your ink mean serious business.   If your life-long passion is to protect the rights of animals, promoting your favorite Vegan organization chapter might be in order.  If you’re just ticked off at the world and want to document how mad at [insert whatever makes sense here; the economy, world politics, abuse of the environment],  then one way is by having it embedded onto a prominent spot on your body for all to see.  Remember that guy who used his forehead to promote the company business?  The opportunities are endless.  You might want to make sure it’s a fairly permanent statement though.  I’m just saying.

“If You Want My Body ANNND You Think I’m Sexy…”

Spice up the sex appeal and introduce some color where the ‘sun don’t always shine’.  What a great way to express your individuality!  A gorgeous canvas of intricate and delicate designs can transform your skin into a really, really beautiful showcase of both your tastes as well as your tattoo artist’s talents.  It goes without saying that you should be super careful when going for something so huge (or small, depending on which body part) – because chances are that you will have that one for at least one lifetime.

Have Your Tattoo Artist Re-Do Their Magic; Retouch the Older, Dull Tattoos

You can always revisit the past and refresh an old tattoo that may have lost its shine.  Retouching, adding color or simply highlighting some areas of existing tattoos are great ways to enhance what you already have and make it stand out even more.  If the idea of another trip to your tattoo artist is not too appealing or if you’d rather wait till the time comes to get that dragon done before your next trip out there, you can moisturize the image with body oil (this is really useful to prevent a dry and caked look that can happen with older tattoos).

The door is wide open.  All you have to do is decide what you want to do once you go through it.  But I guarantee this:  once you do decide to spruce up your tattoos, you will never hear the end of it and you will probably be admired by many – every single day for the rest of (at least) this lifetime.

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