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Tattoo Planner: A job of the Future

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Can you imagine building a house with absolutely no plan or direction? It could take you years and thousands of dollars to complete and you’d end up with a patchwork house. Sure, it might be unique. And you’ll probably love. But it can also turn into a “frankenhouse”.

But what if you could have an architect advising you on how to prepare your house for the long-term development?

Well, we believe in the future the same logic will be applied to tattoos. A tattoo planner would be someone who’d be an expert on ink, symbolism, fashion and, of course, the human body. This person would help you give a direction to your masterpiece.

Tattoos are a big commitment

A sleeve tattoo can cost from 500$ up to 5000$.

A full back can take 20 to 30 hours to be completed.

An the vast majority of tattoos will never be removed.

Tattoos are huge investments. Not only in terms of money, not only in terms of time, but also psychologically. There’s the pain, pride and sometimes shame when they don’t turn out the way you’d expect them to.

Therefore, most people want ink they won’t regret. In order to achieve that, a planner can put the expertise into planning and advising.

How a tattoo planner would help you

If you’ve been getting tattoos for over 10 years, it’s likely that a lot in your life has changed since you got your first ink. Maybe your body changed...maybe your life experiences, friends and partners, ideologies and beliefs…so…how you make a tattoo that’s perennial? How do you create something that you won’t regret nor be ashamed of?

That’s where a planner would come into the picture. That person would be someone you’d meet (either in person or online) and would question you as much as necessary in order to understand your needs and wants.

The planner would help you figure out:

  • What are you looking for?
  • Do you want to make one tattoo, or do you plant to make many more in the future?
  • What themes do you like?
  • What styles do you prefer? And which ones do you hate?
  • What parts of your body would you like to have tattooed in the future? Which parts are a no-go?
  • Would you like to have an overall theme? Or are you the patchwork style of person? Or do you prefer mixed?
  • Do you need a second opinion on your choice or image?


A tattoo planner would help you project your current work into the future. Maybe you just want a small minimalist tattoo and just need help with the placement, or maybe you want a full plan for body project.


Full back by jaketattoos


Full body piece by roxx_____

The planner would make sure no basic mistakes would be made. It’s strange how many people still have no idea of the unwritten rules of tattooing, such as…. don’t tattoo tributes to living people you haven’t even met. You never really know what the future holds for them.

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If you don’t believe how frequently these types of mistakes happen, make sure to follow this subreddit.

An expert planner would also be able to give you a technical analysis.

Technical analysis

The planner would also help you with a more technical analysis:

  • What type of skin do you have? Is it better for fine lines or for large and dense spots?
  • What’s your skin complexion? Is it lighter or darker? And what colors fit it best?
  • How do you expect your body to change in the future?
  • How does ink color change in your body over time? Is there a type of ink your skin reacts better to?

You'd also receive advice on how to heal your tattoo so it doesn't lose color quickly:


Tattoo losing color after just 2 weeks. Source

The case for new jobs

Automation is changing the work landscape. Many jobs will no longer need humans in the next few decades, but many jobs will appear. The amount of jobs that didn’t exist 15 years ago is astonishing, and more and more jobs will continue to appear.

One of the symptoms of this reality is the growing year over year numbers of new small business. You can now find more jobs such as personal trainers, freelancers, career coaches and many others focused on direct personal wellbeing. And Tattoo Planning can be an excellent opportunity for tattoo enthusiast to get into the business and help clients turning their bodies into pieces of art.