Not all Tattoo Artists were created equal! Just google “tattoo fail” and you will discover that there are plenty of charlatans out there, pretending to know what they are doing meanwhile using their clients as guinea pigs! Don’t become someone’s laboratory experiment and take the time to choose your Tattoo Artist well. Below are a few tips to help you in your quest for the best Tattoo Artist in your area.
Look at the artist’s Portfolio
Ask your Tattoo Artist to show you some of his or her previous work. Look at photos and drawings of his art, especially in the style that you are interested in, and decide for yourself if you like what you see. Look closely at the details… Are the lines straight? Are the circles round? Are the colors bright and full?
Look at the work environment
Take a good look at the tattoo studio; Is the work station clean and well organised? How is the lighting? Is he or she wearing gloves? Are the needles sterile? Remember that everything the Tattoo Artist uses and touches may have been in contact with someone else’s body fluids, including blood, so cleanliness and sterilisation are extremely important.
Talk with the tattoo artist
Is he or she listening and paying attention to you when you are speaking? Does he or she seem interested in your tattoo? Are the both of you “clicking”? There must be mutual respect between you and your chosen Tattoo Artist. You don’t have to be best friends, but you want to feel comfortable and at ease enough to praise the work or ask for a touch up if need be; so stay away from Tattoo Artists who display arrogance or disrespect towards you or your ideas and opinions.
Do an online search
Research your Tattoo Artist as well as the reputation of the shop online. Everyone has a website nowadays and many sites offer past clients the chance to leave reviews and comments such as Google Business Review and Facebook, so see what other people have to say about this person; where they happy with the final results? Did anyone have any complaints?
Trust your gut
At the end of the day, after looking at some of your chosen artist’s work, taken a good look at the work environment to make sure everything is nice and clean, had an informative chat with him or her and did your due diligence with good old online research, what does your gut say?