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How to Choose a Tattoo Studio

Sep 2, 2008
When you're deciding on where to have your tattoo art work done, it's important to take the time to make an educated decision. Your tattoo will grace your body for the rest of your life, so ensure that it will be of the highest quality possible by choosing the premier tattoo studio in your area. Here are six tips for finding that top tattoo studio:

1. Ask around. If you have a friend or family member who is into tattoos, they'll likely have recommendations they're just dying to give you on a specific studio (and often, an artist within that studio). Repeat business will also make the artist happy, resulting in the spending of more time and effort on your design.

2. Visit several studios before making your decision. There's no need to rush and get your tattoo at the first place you visit. Impetuous decisions are usually the wrong ones, so take your time. Look through the portfolio of the studio, and pay special attention to photographs of their clients. Make sure you see work that is both new and healed.

3. Don't let a studio rush you-a few minutes of their time could mean the difference between you being happy with your tattoo and hating it. If they're pushing a hard sell right when you walk in, chances are they're running a business based on quantity rather than quality. That means that if you get sick during the tattooing process, they'll be loath to let you off the chair for a few minutes of air.

4. Perhaps most importantly, make sure that the studio where you to choose to have the work done is very clean. While most studios have cleaned up their acts since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980's, there is still a serious risk of contracting other diseases such as hepatitis C. Be sure that the studio uses completely sterile tools for each procedure, and that the artist is wearing rubber gloves. Your health is simply too important to risk. Every tattoo parlor should have a certificate indicating that its employees have been trained in proper safety techniques.

5. Ask for a referral. Artists tend to work on each other, so there's a good chance that someone in the studio will have had work done by the artist who intends to create your tattoo.

6. Don't choose a studio simply because you like one specific design that they have in their portfolio. Many studios have generic "flashes", as they're called, and others should be able to reproduce any design. Tattoo artists are generally a skilled bunch, and this is their art.

Deciding on a tattoo parlor may not seem like such an important decision, but it ranks fairly high on the list simply because of the tattoo's permanence. When you add into that the fact that the contraction of disease is possible when proper precautions are not taken, it's easy to see why it's crucial to do the appropriate research before selecting a tattoo studio.
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