4 Tips For Selecting A Tattoo Shop

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4 Tips For Selecting A Tattoo Shop

5 January 2018
 Categories: Entertainment, Blog

Tattoos remain a fashionable form of self-expression, and their popularity seems to be continually growing. If you're considering getting inked for the first time, or if you're already covered in tats but you're in a new city, you may be hesitant about walking into just any random shop. Here are four simple tips to follow when choosing a tattoo parlor for your artwork.

Ask Others with Tattoos

Word of mouth is still one of the best forms of advertising. So if a tattoo parlor has a good reputation in the local area, there will be happy customers in your vicinity. Next time you're out and about and spot someone with cool ink, ask them where they got tattooed. Most people love talking about their tats, and that usually includes praising the artist who did the work.

Know What You Want

A lot of people have a general idea of what they want when they start getting that "itch." But if you can narrow down your preferred artwork to something specific—like an animal, a head shot or portrait, a finger tattoo, Chinese symbols, or handwriting—it can save you a lot of time and trouble.

Once you've come up with a design, visit some local shops and ask if they have an artist that specializes in what you want. Not all tattoo artists will be able to take your vision and do it justice. If possible, print out what you want and take it with you when you shop around.

Consult with Your Potential Tattoo Artist

If you find an artist whose work you admire, schedule a consultation with them. The shop owner and the artist should have no trouble arranging this. It generally just takes a few minutes, and it gives you both a chance to discuss your wants and their capabilities.

It also allows you to decide whether you like them. Depending on what you're getting and where, the process of getting a tattoo can take a while, and it's sort of like a bonding experience. If you don't like the artist, or you don't seem to have a good rapport, it might be time to move on to another shop.

Choose a Licensed Shop

Most states require tattoo parlors to be licensed or hold some type of certification. Make sure you know what the laws are in your state and confirm that the shop holds the necessary licensure.

Beyond that, use common sense, and don't be afraid to ask the artist or shop owner what measures are taken to ensure a clean environment. Every shop should have a sterilization machine and use appropriate disinfectants to clean countertops and chairs. Brand new, sterile needles should be used on every customer.

A reputable tattoo shop should be more than happy to show you everything that will be used so you go into the decision well informed.