How big is Oahu? How big is your Tattoo?

Many visitors don’t realize the size of the islands, on a map it is but a speck, but when you arrive in Honolulu, you are greeted by a mix of the island feel and a growing and densely populated city.  As people are living longer, more cars and being produced, and more businesses and happenings coming to life, it’s easy for it to get a little crowded, even though this is ‘supposed’ to be a small place.

It is kind of like custom tattooing.  You start off with one piece and before you know it, you are wondering what area of canvas you can fit the one idea you’re really loving.  Let’s learn a few lessons from the planning of constructing this city and apply those lessons to your tattooing.

1. Do you really want it/Are you going to want it later?

Hawaii invested tons of money in the Super Ferry a few years back.  The same as it is pouring money into rail.  Super Ferry faced incredible opposition the same as Rail is facing today.  What we’re left with Super Ferry are memories and nothing else.  I guess in the case of Super Ferry we were able to pull off a cover-up but with the Rail construction underway, we could end up with partially completed projects speckling the canvas of the island.

The same can be applied with your tattoos.  Think ahead, though it is impossible to know who or what you will be like 10-20 years from now, it is good practice to get something meaningful that will last and stand the test of time.
2.  What else is going to grow/what about traffic gridlock?

On Oahu, the planners, bless their Souls, didn’t anticipate Oahu to grow in the fashion it has and as a result, the infrastructure here is not in place to handle the volume of drivers and cars on the road.  You can say that it is quite congested, especially during rush-hour times.

The same thing can happen with any unique tattoo you decide.  Sure it is awesome and it works but is it going to fit later?  For example, that lucky shamrock tattoo on your forearm when you already started a upper half-sleeve Polynesian tattoo might present a challenge when you go full-sleeve (and you will…).

Feel free to stop by 434 tattoo, the best in Hawaii custom tattoos, our Waikiki Tattoo studio is a multiple award winning establishment and we strive in helping you put together a piece that will last and help you to expand should your tattoo collection grow!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


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