FLORAL tattoos are a popular, timeless option for any ink enthusiast, but one artist is warning customers of common mistakes that could leave the ink looking cramped and messy.
New York City-based tattoo artist, Barry Hua goes by the alias “Unloveable” and specializes in floral designs.
His Instagram account boasts over 15,000 followers at the time of writing and he says that people travel from all over the country to get work done by him.
“Trends come and go but flowers are here to stay,” Hua told Insider. “They are not only beautiful but hold so much symbolism for people who get them.
“Flowers have been tattooed for so long and in so many types of styles. It’s always constantly evolving but the concept, for the most part, stays the same.”
However, Hua also gave a warning on some of the biggest mistakes people make when getting floral tattoos and how they can avoid them.
PICK THE RIGHT ARTIST
After deciding what kind of style they want for their tattoo, Hua said clients should be very selective when choosing an artist.
“Don’t settle for an artist just because their studio or shop is closer to you and they can kinda do what you want,” he said.
“Find the right artist that can do what you want so you can get what you want. If there’s a waitlist, it will be worth it because you’ve been eyeing their work for a reason.”
CONSIDER GOING OUT OF STATE
Traveling out of state might be a hassle for many people. Hua said that it’s common for clients to compromise the style of tattoo they want because an artist in their local area doesn’t do it.
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He suggested taking travel into consideration if possible when budgeting for your dream tattoo.
“Don’t be afraid to fly out a few hours to get the floral tattoo you want,” he said.
“A few hours of minor inconvenience with a lifetime of happiness with your new tattoo is better than a tattoo that you end up hating because it’s not what you wanted.”
Hua said that he has seen clients go to realism or traditional artists and request fine-line style floral tattoos.
This usually ends up with the client hating their tattoos because “it’s not soft, elegant and flowy,” he said.
Hua’s own clients have traveled from several states including Utah, Texas, Ohio and California.
He recently said on Instagram that a client of his came to him all the way from Australia.
BE CONSIDERATE WITH PLACEMENT
It’s important for floral tattoos to flow on the body organically, said Hua, so you’ll need to be considerate when choosing the location of your ink.
“I see too often that floral tattoos look like stickers,” he said, a dying that clients will ask him to fix a pre-existing floral tattoo because it doesn’t fit on their body correctly.
“For my style of fine-line floral tattoos, bigger is better, as the more room I have to work with to flow the tattoo the better,” he said.
TOO MANY FLOWERS
Another mistake people will make is cramming between 10 to 20 tattoos into one design, said Hua.
Doing this will have the piece end up looking like a “hot mess,” he added.
Instead, it’s best to choose one classic flower you love and stick to it.
“There’s a lot of people who want to cram in as much as possible, like their whole family’s birth flowers, and it doesn’t look good in my opinion,” he said.
“When in doubt just go with the classic flowers, roses, and peonies.”