Where to Design My Own Tattoo Online

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If standard flash images aren't quite getting you to the tattoo design you've been thinking of, you may want to consider designing your own. For those who are artistically inclined, this may be easy to do, but if you need a little assistance, there is help available on the Internet.

Tattoo Design Websites

Whether you have an idea in mind that needs fine tuning, or you need assistance from start to finish, numerous design sites can help you put together the elements for your ideal tat. When you finish designing your new tattoo online, make sure you print out both the black and white line drawing and the color image. Both will help convey the design correctly to your tattoo artist so the finished work comes out just like you imagined.

Design Conception

If you have an idea of what you want, but don't know how to go about designing it, consider a site that provides custom work based on an idea. Some sites offer up to 10 custom designs based solely on your suggested concept. These sites include, but are not limited to,:

  • Create My Tattoo: The Create My Tattoo website pairs you up with artists who can draw your tattoo for you, giving you a choice of custom designs via a contest format. Simply describe your idea and post the price you're willing to pay for the design you select (starting as low as $20, increasing based on complexity). You're guaranteed to receive at least 10 designs to choose among.
  • Tattoo Design: The Tattoo Design website offers a variety of ways to design a tattoo, including the option of having a custom design created. To get started, you'll need to give a general description of your design idea along with placement information. A tattoo design artist will provide advice and feedback, then come up with a custom design. Pricing varies by complexity.

Design Manipulation

If a basic stock image might work for you, but it needs tweaking or customization to make it work, some sites offer the option to choose from among thousands of images to be the base of your tattoo. You can begin by selecting the central image(s) of the design, then layer, flip, size, crop and combine your choice(s) into a custom design. Popular sites include:

  • Ink Generator: If you have a good idea of what you want and simply need a way to put your ideas together to show them to your tattoo artist, Ink Generator is a good option. Visit the site to build your tattoo from scratch by uploading and combining separate images. You'll be able to create a unique design - one layer at a time - to produce the look you want.
  • CNET reviewed free and low-cost online tattoo makers: Test your ideas without making a big investment at tech- and customer-reviewed sites that are free or cheap - fees from about $1.99. CNET does the due diligence for you so the chances of you landing on a scam site are greatly reduced. Evaluate the customer experiences and star ratings to pick likely options. Be sure to check out Free or Free to Try. A limited trial version could be all you need to experiment with one tattoo.


Many tattoos are made up solely of text. Others contain an image with text added beneath, around, or even through it. The following online sources offer the best fonts available for your tattoo:

  • Tattoo Lettering: Visit Tattoo Lettering to see how the lettering you want will look in different fonts, sizes and colors. Simply select a font that you're interested in from the list, enter your text, select a size and choose a color from a drop down box. Make adjustments until you find a look that you love. Once you've settled on lettering options, create a printout to take to your artist.
  • Font Space: If you want an unusual lettering style to go with your custom tattoo design, consider visiting Font Space. They have more than 60 custom-created fonts ready for use, making it easy for you to find lettering for your tattoo that's a bit different from the most commonly used lettering styles.
  • Tattoo Fonts: Tattoo Fonts has everything you need to design the font you're looking for, with the added function of being able to create an ambigram tattoo (one designed to be read upside down) from nearly any word or pair of words you choose. Simply enter the text that you want and select a font and size. Keep changing your selections until you get the look you want. Print the option you want to show to your tattoo artist.

Online Tattoo Placement Assistance

If you've designed the tattoo of your dreams, but aren't sure about placement, head over to Make Sweet. Upload your tattoo design, then test it out on an electronic model's body. Place it anywhere on the body to see the placement before you commit. You can also upload a photo of your body to see how the tattoo will look on your personal curves.

Design Custom Temporary Tattoos Online

Tattoo design software isn't limited to permanent tattoos. Temporary tattoos can also be designed online. A temporary tattoo gives you the option of testing out a new design before you get inked. Check out these sites that specialize in temporary tats:

  • Stray Tats: Create your own custom temporary tattoo by uploading your own image(s) or selecting among templates in the extensive online gallery to design a temporary tattoo that appeals to you. Once you have a look that you like, you can order the design in temporary tattoo format. You can create as few as one, or in any other quantity. Orders are generally shipped the next business day.
  • Tattoo Fun: This company also allows you to upload the artwork of your choice to create custom tattoos. Designs are printed within one day of order, so you get your custom temporary tat fast. Temporary tattoos come in bundles of 200 per design, so the service is practical for a tat shop, not very economical for you, trying out different designs before you get inked.

Design Your Own Tattoo

Designing your own tattoo can be a fun experience. If you're ready to create a tat that's uniquely yours, check out any of these resources to commission a design or flip through some image banks to get started on your new tattoo as soon as possible.

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