A good tattoo asks for a good artist. Here are tips on how to choose the right one.
Take Your Time
Getting a new tattoo can be very exciting and when you finally decide this is what you want, it is hard to wait. But this is not something to be rushed into. Do keep in mind the permanence of a tattoo. If you really want a tattoo that you are going to be happy with, it is going to take some time. So, relax, and never be in a rush to get inked. Being patient will ensure the whole experience is a wonderful one and not leave room for mistakes and contingencies.
Visit Several Studios
Shop around for studios and artists. If you were about to make a major purchase, like a car, you wouldn’t buy one from the first dealership you went to. Check out samples of the artists’ work, ask around, and take the time to just stay for a while and watch if you can at the studio. Ask the artists questions, and see if they are friendly and willing to talk to you. If you stroll around the shop for half an hour, and no one is bothered if they can help you, they don’t take much pride in their work.
Scrutinize The Work
You don’t have to be an artist yourself to be able to tell quality art from a botched up job. Whether you get a chance to scrutiny pictures in an artist’s portfolio, or see a live example of a tattoo, really look closely at the work. It’s easy to be won over by pretty pictures. Don’t fall into this trap. Look closely and pay attention to the lines. They should be even, not rushed or jagged or shaky. Colors should be bold and filled in totally with no blank areas. Circles should look like circles and not ovals.
Listen To Your Friends
Your friends can be a great resource to you. If they have had a good experience with their tattoos, they will probably recommend their artist. And if they’ve had a bad experience, I’m pretty sure they’ll warn you not to make the same mistake! Ask around. If you’re sociable, and you see someone walking down the street with a great tattoo, don’t be afraid to ask them where they got it! Most of us love to talk about our tattoos and the story behind them.