There are lots of tattoo parlors out there. Did you pick the right one? We’ll teach you how to know if a parlor is right for you. Don’t settle for second rate work!
Getting a tattoo isn’t like having your house painted, where just anyone with a brush and some paint can do a passable job.
First and foremost, tattooists are artists, and like any profession some are better than others. There are several criteria you should consider when choosing a tattoo parlor. First, it is vital to pick a tattoo shop that follows all the legal health regulations in your area.
Saving an extra $20 dollars isn’t worth contracting hepatitis, a blood infection, or AIDS. Any reputable tattoo parlor is clean, sterilizes all equipment, covers your skin to avoid contamination, and always uses latex gloves while working.
If a parlor refuses to sterilize or remove equipment from sealed packaging in front of you, leave and find another shop.
Second, pick a shop that takes a personal interest in providing you with the best tattoo. These parlors will support you with proper aftercare suggestions, free or cheap touch-ups if needed, and will work with you to make sure your design fits your lifestyle, your wallet and your body.
Finally, make sure that you pick a parlor that has experience in the type of work you want done. For example, a shop that specializes in tribal designs isn’t the right place to go for a portrait of your child, nor is a run-of-the-mill studio where you want to go for a traditional Japanese black and gray shading tattoo.
Ask to see portfolios of the artist’s previous work if you have an concerns, and discuss your design with the artist. Often, being a professional tattoo artist, they can make suggestions that will improve your tattoo’s design and your enjoyment.
Just as picking the right tattoo studio is important, avoiding amateur artists is equally vital. Your friend with the homemade kit consisting of a sewing needle and Bic pen is not doing you any favors by saving you money on a professional tat, no matter how many tats he’s done.
In this case, what your friend is doing is ensuring you get a poor design, with potentially dangerous inks, greatly increased risks of infection, and a tattoo that looks like you spent a bad night in a Tijuana prison. It surely isn’t the piece of individual expression you wanted permanently on your body.
In summary, if you go to an amateur, you will later regret it. No matter how much money is saved at the beginingt, you will end up spending two or three times that in hospital bills, cover-up jobs, or removal.