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How to Choose the Best Tattoo Artist

Pick the Right Tattoo Artist

Choosing the perfect tattoo artist can be tricky. Picking the right artist is like being able to find the right doctor, dentist, or hair dresser. You can’t just search through a book of reviews of all local tattoo artists.

Choosing the right tattoo artist usually means the difference between a good tattoo, an excellent tattoo and a bad one. All tattoo artists believe that they are the best, and in some ways they are all right. Most tattoo artists that work in a studio and have a license are pretty good at what they do. Some artists just have a tattoo gun and no license but do great ink work. There is a reason for getting a license and for sanitary reasons you should always go to the studio for a tattoo and be very choosy about the artist. The artist will be using needles to puncture your skin, and you have to wear this tattoo for the rest of your life and this is your body.

Choose the Right Tattoo Artist

Because of the popularity of tattoos and the possibility for a great income, many people have decided to become a tattoo artist. Many of these people make the error of getting or making a kit and practicing on friends. This can be very risky and dangerous. Most of the people who set out to become tattoo artists never do end up as a successful tattoo artist, and never gain or had the skills to contend in this extremely competitive business. For this reason you must look for an artist that has been in business for some time and has a good reputation. There are several “fly by night” tattoo studios that pop up and never materialize. You don’t have a good faith that these shops are sanitary and licensed.

Getting tatted is a new fashion in today’s world. Tattoos used to be looked at by typical society as trashy, but it’s now become a normally viewed thing in everyday life. When getting a new tattoo, finding the right artist is a big part of the process. Since tattoos are a permanent body modification, it must be done right or you will end up living with a bad mistake your whole life.

Pick the Best Tattoo Artist

Be sure to do research on the artist you pick and the tattoo studio as well. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a good artist. If you know someone who has a great tattoo and said the artist was great, that should be a ringing endorsement to your ears. The artist should possess all the proper resources and licensing to get your tattoo done properly and in the most sanitary and most cost efficient way possible.

Most tattoo studios have art available, for those who need ideas on what to get. They should also have fine art tattooing books available to get ideas and even to start an idea for further tattooing ideas. However, we actually recommend looking into an online tattoo gallery such as Chopper Tattoo, as their selection is so much greater than a local studio and you can browse from the comfort of your own home, and print out the tattoo you want. An online gallery also has choices from artists from all over the world. Once you have decided on what tattoo to get, the tattoo artist should be competent enough to represent your idea through simple artwork to make it your own. This should show you whether the artwork is what you were thinking of in your head.

Choose the Best Tattoo Artist

Each individual artist has their own specialty as far as what they draw well. Some artists specialize in lettering designs, while others may specialize in tribal or colorful designs. If you have a certain style of tattoo in mind, make sure your artist is well versed in this tattoo style. Make sure the artist that you choose is able to draw whatever you are imagining in your head. The artist should also have proper equipment and supplies, and these things should comply with sanitary standards and laws. They should have a professional tattoo gun, or a custom/homemade gun that works well and is in good working order. The artist should also know how to clean the tattoo gun properly.

When it comes to the tattooing of the art you had drawn, make sure the tattoo is exactly the way you want. Make sure the artist has an array of tattoo inks and colors of pigments. If you have decided on using color in your tattoo, the artist should be able to help decide which blends will work well with your skin’s tone and pigment.

How to Choose the Right Tattoo Artist

All in all you should feel comfortable with the artist, their work and the studio as well. The artist will not get hurt feelings if you keep changing the design or if you don’t like the modified design. The tattoo artist wants you to be happy with your tattoo as much as you do. There is no better advertising than word of mouth and a happy client that will tell their friends and show off their new awesome tattoo.

Don’t fall into a trap and get all excited once you have picked out your tattoo design. Doing a little homework to find the perfect artist for you will make the difference between a tattoo you like, and one you love. The moral of the story is that you have to wear this tattoo for the rest of your life and you must make sure that it is exactly what you want and had in mind. You should love your tattoo and want to show it off to the world!

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