The Right Tattoo Artist For The First Time

Picking the right tattoo artist is as important as picking the perfect design to place on your body. After all, how good is that perfect design when the artist does not know how to render it properly? Here are some things to consider when looking for the most suitable tattoo artist for the job.

Tattoos by Valerie Vargas
Tattoos by Valerie Vargas

First thing to consider: does the artist’s work reflect the style you want? Some tattoo artists specialize in black and white, while others are good with vivid colors. There are those with a comic-style output, some are good in realistic portraits, and others on landscapes. Ideally, most have experience with all styles of artwork, but if you have a particular one in mind that you want to be rendered then it is best to do a research beforehand to find the best artist. After all, the ink will stay on the skin forever.

In addition, check the reputation of the artist as well as his studio, if he has one. You might also ask some friends who have previous experience and knowledge with getting inked. Check not only a tattoo artist’s output, but his style of working as well. Are you more comfortable with someone who free hands the drawing on the body or rather make a drawing first on pen and paper? Do they have reputation for tattooing anyone who walks through the door, anywhere in the body they want?

Tattoos by Nao Takamura
Tattoos by Nao Takamura

Usually a responsible tattoo artist would talk you through the tattoo, especially if the placement is in a compromising or particularly sensitive part of the body. These are things that you usually wouldn’t know as a first-timer, but a lot of research and asking the right people would yield the best answers.

Lastly, and perhaps the most important, how reputable is the tattoo artist and studio? Hygiene is a very important aspect as this involves needles on your skin. Arrange for an ocular on prospective tattoo parlors and check how they sterilize the equipment as well as the entire place. Most artists are very accommodating of this and even welcome consultation first before settling in to do the work.

Tattoos by Regino Gonzales
Tattoos by Regino Gonzales

Also, check if they have the necessary permits in operating their business. After all, you would not want a fly-by-night establishment that you can’t go back to when something goes wrong.

It’s best if you can talk to the artist prior to getting the tattoo, as well as seeing the environment he walks in. That way, you have firsthand knowledge of his style of work as well as see how other customers become satisfied with the service. However way you want to choose the best tattoo artist for the job, always remember that this will be a permanent feature on the body, so you should not take it lightly.

Featured image tattoos by Thomas Hooper

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