First of all, it's fine if you have tattoos or plan on getting some, it won't ruin every chance you have of getting gigs; unless the role specifically calls for a model with no tattoos.
But, there are some things that should be taken into consideration when modeling with tattoos.
- Where the tattoo is located: if you want to do catalog or anything that requires no tattoos, consider getting a tattoo that is easily covered up by clothes.
- If you want to get a tattoo: get it done professionally. There's nothing worse than a hot model with a blob on her arm because she got a cheap tattoo. You get what you pay for.
- Don't get it if you don't "love" it: because you'll end up regretting it. I suggest that if it doesn't mean anything to you that it's best not to get it, I mean, get something you can tell people proudly about for the next 70 years of your life.
- Tattoo removal: a long painful process. A friend of mine is getting one of their tattoos removed via a laser. It's costed over 400$ for 4 treatments and it's still pretty visible. Must I mention it's just a few lines of ink....
- Tattoo cover up: There are some concealers out there that are made to cover hard-to-cover spots including birthmarks and tattoos. I suggest if you wish to use this route, use DermaColor. However, the darker the tattoo the harder it will be to keep it concealed.
- Tattoo maintenance: if your tattoo sees a lot of sun, or starts fading, get it touched up.
- Consider tattoo-friendly modeling: like modeling with bikes or something with an alternative theme.
Tip: take into consideration that a lot of big name companies (American Apparel, Aeropostal, Victoria's Secret) do not accept tattoo'd models. But then again a lot of these companies have very strict requirements and not many girls would fit their standard anyways.
Tattoos can be sexy, depending on where they are, what they say, and how many someone has. It's important to make sure that getting a tattoo won't change your view on modeling -and visa versa.