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How Do I Select The Right Tattoo Artist For Me?

The Question That Starts Every Tattoo

How do I find the right tattoo artist for me? This is the question that everyone has when starting the process of getting their very first tattoo. It can be a little bit overwhelming-first you have find a design and figure out what you like, and now you have to find the tattoo artist for you. Well we have decided to help make your tattoo quest a little bit easier. There are a few different ways to make the decision easier.

 

Friends and Family With Tattoos Are Good for Referring a Tattoo Artist

Odds are if you are getting a tattoo, you by now have some friends or family members whose tattoos you like. Well, if they’re happy with their artist they can not only make the introduction and show you which artists they prefer, but more importantly you can see how the tattoo work looks months or years later. This is particularly important because the pictures you see in a tattoo shop may have been taken either immediately or shortly after a tattoo was completed.

The mark of a great tattoo artist is how well the work looks and holds up months and years after. So if your friend is happy with their tattoo artist and it looks fresh even years later-that’s probably a good tattoo artist for you! If you’re an artist looking for repeat customers, consider installing professional equipment that gives your guests a comfortable experience.

 

Visiting a Tattoo Shop And Asking Important Questions

Start your search for your tattoo artist by finding local tattoo studios and artists. Go in and visit each shop or studio, and see how the experience is. Is their shop clean? Do they have the relevant health certifications and licensing that’s relevant for your area or city? Were the shop staff friendly and genuinely interested in helping you? These are all very important questions to find out.
Tattooing involves piercing your skin with a needle full of ink, and if you choose an artist that cuts corners for the sake of offering cheap prices-you are taking a risk with your health. Quality tattoo artists and tattoo shops will make a very serious effort at maintaining a clean and safe environment for all their customers and clients. A clean studio with up to date health certifications is a must for someone looking to have a good tattoo experience. Not only does going to a safe clean tattoo shop make the experience better, tattoos done in a healthy and sterile setting will heal faster, look better, and last much longer than others.

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Clean Studio

 

Check Out A Tattoo Artist’s Portfolio

Each shop and artist will usually have a portfolio with pictures of some of the tattoos that they have done recently. You can look through these and see if a certain artist’s style of tattooing matches your vision for your tattoo design. Getting a tattoo is not like buying a new pair of pants or t-shirt. You can buy a t-shirt from someone you don’t like. Getting a tattoo is very very different experience than buying a new jacket or TV. This is body art that is permanent and is going to go on your body for a fairly long time. You want to make sure that your artist’s vision fits yours, and that you trust and feel comfortable with the tattoo artist. Nowadays, most tattooists will have many great photos and pictures of their tattoos online on different social media sites and websites. Do the photos that are posted look like something you would want tattooed on you?

 

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Trophies and Art from the Tattoo Artists @BigBrain2

 

Check online for reviews and comments

Look around online and see what customers are saying about the tattoo experience at that particular tattoo shop. With the amount of business reviews and comments around the internet, you should be able to figure out rather quickly if a tattoo artist is good for you or not. Are their customers happy with the work done? Are most of their customer repeat customers, coming back for years and multiple tattoos? Or are their customers only there for one or two tattoos and then do not come back? If their shop is filled with tattoo chairs like this, you at least know it will be a comfortable experience!

That would be a bad sign, as most people find a tattoo artist they like and hang on to them for dear life. Do they have a speciality or particular type of tattoo art that the shop specializes in? Not every tattoo shop will do every single type of tattoo art. For example there are some tattoo artists that are fantastic at 3D tattoos, while others make portrait tattoos that appear life like. This doesn’t make one tattoo artist better than the other. It just means that for a portrait of your favorite actor you’d want to go to the second tattoo artist. If you were getting a 3D puzzle piece on your arm however, you’d want to go see the first artist.

For getting the tattoo you want you have to choose the right tattoo artist!

Mo

Big Brain 2 No Hard Feelings Tattoo Shop

 

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3 comments

  1. You make a really good point about asking friends and family with tattoos about their artist. Like you said, if you both like how it looks, then the chances are that the tattoo artist is good at what they do. However, I think it might also be a good idea to take into account the style of the tattoo that you want. If you want something in a completely different style than what your friend or family member has, then their preferred artist might not be able to give you what you want.

  2. I have been thinking about getting a new tattoo for a while now, but we didn’t know how to choose the right place. I really like that you say to look online for some reviews. It might also be nice to get a look at some of their work, and maybe get some inspiration from it.

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