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Being a Smart Shopper for a Good Tattoo Artist

Apr 10, 2008
There are many ways a person decides to get a tattoo. It could be seeing a great tattoo on a friend or visiting a tattoo parlor and getting inspired or just wanting to look cool. Hopefully it isn't because you lost a bet during a night of drinking too much and you go about this process in rational way. A tattoo is a permanent change to your look so you not only want to pick a design you will love for life but to pick a tattoo salon and artist that you feel confident in as you start this process. So to get to that place that you are ready to take this big step, it's good to ask the right questions.

The perfect situation would be to find a reputable tattoo business that is in the business for the long haul in your community if you can. A business that makes tattooing their profession will make an effort to run a professional operation that places a priority on doing clean tattoos that are safe for their customers. This type of professional operation wants you to have a great experience and wants to avoid any chance of infection or medical problems with your tattoo so they will make the effort to make sure that happens. You can take the initiative to make sure the business is run in a professional manner, that it has a good reputation and has been around a few years and that former customers are happy too.

Once you have established that the tattoo parlor is one that you can trust, the next thing is to pick your tattooist. You might find a parlor that will have a policy that you take the next tattooist that is up and have to let it go at that. This is a parlor to avoid. Letting someone put an image on your skin is a very personal thing to do. You want to know a little about this tattoo artist before you let them start working on your tat.

There are a number of questions to ask each tattooist you are considering for the job. For one thing, you don't want this tattooist to be a rookie. You want someone who has been doing this a while and has some training. What is his or her background and "resume" and what kind of references can the tattooist provide? It's important that when you expose the area of skin you want decorated to a tattooist for a permanent tattoo, you must feel at ease that this artist is the best in the business.

The next level of questions for you to ask have to do with what will happen after you get the tattoo and after the artist has been paid. You want a tattoo parlor and artist to stand behind you all the way and want to keep you as a customer and as a reference. So ask them before the work is done and money changes hands if they will be ready and willing to jump in and do any touch ups or to fix your tattoo if the healing process causes changes or diminishes the color. They should support the work they do for no charge, within reason. And as experts, they can give you confidence that things can be done after the fact if the outcome of the tattooing was not up to your standards or theirs.

What you will have to spend on the tattoo is important because you have a certain amount of money for this body artwork. So ask the tattoo parlor and if they seem to be surprised by the question - run! They should have all their prices displayed and there should be no hidden costs. Also find out if all the tattoo artists cost the same or if there is an extra charge for the really good ones. The same is true of tat designs as well so make sure you know what makes one tattoo more expensive than another one. Don't let the tattoo parlor try to hustle you into getting something you don't want or to spend more than you cam prepared to spend.

But of all the questions you should be prepared to ask, the ones about whether the process will be done in a clean and healthy way are the most important. The best way to confirm the tattooist is doing good clean work is to watch them give one. This will be helpful if it's your first tattoo so you know what you are getting into and you will see for yourself that the artist who will be applying your tattoo is doing so with health and hygiene in mind. Also get the artist or the parlor to step through all of the care and cleaning issues you must be aware of after the tattoo is applied. It's your job to take care of your tattoo but it's their job to teach you how before you let them apply that pattern to your skin.

Your tattooist should be someone who instills trust in you. Even though you only know him or her for a short time, you want to feel comfortable and be able to ask all the questions in the world. They should be endlessly patient with questions and if you feel slightly insecure or anxious, the tattooist should be able to ease those anxieties. If that body artist can do that well and checks out your other tough standards, you have found the right person for the job of putting a delightful tattoo on your body.
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