6 Crucial Tips For Finding The Right Tattoo Artist & Why It’s So Important
It seems like everywhere you look nowadays you see people with tattoos.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles — but you can probably tell the difference at a glance between those done by a great artist and the ones done in someone’s kitchen.
A tattoo is a decision that’s going to be with you for your entire life, and it will be on display for everyone to see — so it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re getting the best possible art you can.
Why Finding The Right Artist Is So Important
Finding the right artist is about more than just getting art that you enjoy — although that’s important, too.
Just as a properly done tattoo can be a wonderful thing, a poorly done one can be a real nightmare.
Aside from having “art” on your body that just doesn’t look the way you want it to, it can also cause serious health complications.
I won’t go into all the possible complications, but they can include some nasty stuff like MRSA or Hepatitis.
Thankfully, if you go to a properly trained artist using clean and sterile tools that won’t be a problem you need to worry about — so make sure you choose wisely.
Here are a few fast tips that can help you to find the right artist and the right shop.
- Only Go To Proper Tattoo Shops
For most people, this probably goes without saying — but then some people still get tattooed in a friend’s bathroom, so I’m going to say it anyway.
Don’t. Get. Tattooed. Anywhere. But. In. A. Proper. Shop.
Just don’t. It’s not worth the risk.
2. Check For Certificates
While some states and countries have no legal requirements, others do — and it’s worth finding out what’s required in your area.
Certificates of training are always displayed by those who have them, and if you don’t see any, don’t be afraid to ask.
3. Take A Look Around
Properly trained tattoo artists will always be wearing gloves when working with a client, and their materials should either be single-use disposables or in sealed packaging used for sterilizing.
Most tattoo artists can probably do a passable job at whatever style you want your art to be, but you can get an amazing piece of art if you find an artist with a style that matches.
Take your time, look at portfolios for well-known artists in your area, and find an artist who has a style that you like — because that style will show in your new ink.
5. Intoxication Is Not Your Friend
Getting a tattoo while you’re intoxicated often seems like a good idea at the time — but trust me, it’s not.
Not only are you likely to make a poor choice of artists or designs, but drugs and alcohol will also make it harder for your body to manage the tattooing process, and that’s a bad way to start your healing.
6. Talk To The Artist
While the artist probably doesn’t have time to chat with you all day, it’s important to talk to them about what you want, and what they can do, before they start putting needle to skin.
Ask them about the design, the colors, what they think will look good, and what might not work out the way you intend it to.
Not all designs transfer perfectly from paper to flesh, and you want to know that before it becomes permanent.
They may also have ideas on how the design can be improved, and they are the professionals — so they know what they’re talking about.
A tattoo is for life, so it’s not unreasonable to take a little time to think about it, plan things out, and make sure you’re getting the best possible art from the best possible artist.
A bit of time spent looking at portfolios for artists in your area can pay off with a tattoo you’ll love for decades to come.
It’s your skin — keep it beautiful.