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Though once taboo, tattoos have experienced a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years. As a result, they now serve as one of the best ways for people to express themselves. The variety of styles and techniques allow tattoo artists to create everything from small pieces of line art to beautiful backpiece murals. However, tattoos are still lifelong commitments. To avoid any regrets, think about these things before getting a tattoo.

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1. Design

One of the first and most obvious things to think about before getting a tattoo is the design. The many styles of tattooing come with many "rules." For example, American traditional tattoos have simple color palettes and vintage, classic designs while new school tattoos can have thick outlines, vivid colors, and exaggerated subjects. Most people pick an image and style that they identify with or have admired on others.

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