Tattoos can be beautiful, meaningful, sentimental. They're also permanent. And they're not for everyone. So when it comes to determining if they make a good gift, it’s kind of a tricky question. If the person you want to give one to already has tattoos, or has had many conversations with you about wanting one, it’s a no-brainer. If you aren’t sure about their desire to get one, or if they don’t already have one, you may want to think twice though. If you do decide to give the gift of a tattoo, it is a pretty great thing. You are giving a friend or family member something they will never forget, that will stay with them forever. Picking a Tattoo Shop and an Artist. Choosing the right shop and tattooist is crucial, not only because you need to make sure it's a professional, reputable, and clean business, but also that the artist is the right fit for the person you want to give the gift to. What type of artwork are the most likely interested in? Is this type of art the right fit for the artist you are thinking of selecting? Every tattoo artist has a different approach and style, so you want to be selective and put yourself in the shoes of the person you are giving the gift to when figuring out what shop or artist you want to pick for your gift. One safe bet might be to simply tell your friend in a card or gift box that you are going to get them a tattoo and make them part of the decision making process. This is most likely a safer bet than selecting a shop for them and purchasing a gift certificate ahead of time which would lock in the decisions for them. If you’re gifting a tattoo to someone that already has work done, pay attention to where they got the work done and what artist they work with. This is almost certainly going to be the person they want to work with again and the gift would make them very happy. Be There Every Step of the Way. This is your gift, so it's great if you're able to be there for the actual tattooing This is especially true if this is their first tattoo. They might appreciate some support and maybe a hand to squeeze. A tattoo is a very bold present—a gift that keeps on giving. Make your choices carefully and it will be a gift they will love and never forget.