Are you hoping for a new tattoo? Don’t make the mistake of simply waltzing into the nearest studio to get your ink. Tattoos are permanent pieces of body art, and while you may get lucky and end up with a good tattoo, why leave it up to luck? Today we’re showing you how to confidently choose your next expert-level tattoo artist, no luck required!
Just like you wouldn’t buy the first house the realtor shows you or purchase the first car you test drive, don’t make the mistake of settling on the first tattoo shop you visit! Take some time to visit a few and make sure wherever you choose is the right fit. A few things to look out for when you shop around are cleanliness (contrary to what some people may think, tattoo shops should not be disgusting or seedy!), staff friendliness, and overall professionalism.
Get on Social Media
Before visiting any tattoo artists, do your research. With all the different social media outlets out there, it’s easy to get a pretty good feel for an artists’ work before ever setting foot in the shop. If you like what you see on their social, add their shop to your list of studios to check out!
Know What You Want
It’s important to have an idea of the style of tattoo you want before deciding on the artist. Why? Although most artists can do many different subjects, they typically specialize in only one or two styles. So if you want a Realism portrait, don’t just walk into any parlor and trust the artist when he or she says they can do it. Instead, find an artist (social media really helps with this!) who specializes in the style you’re looking for.
You’ve found some artists you like on social media, you’ve checked out their shops and like what you’ve seen. Now it’s time to schedule a few consultations to interact with them one-on-one and discuss your tattoo. During the consultations, see how you and the artists interact (do they listen to your ideas or are you already butting heads or feeling frustrated?), be observant of their level of professionalism and confidence, and check out a portfolio of their work. Again, it’s important to consult with a few artists to make sure you pick the right one.
See someone walking down the street with a sweet tattoo? Go up and ask them who their artist was. Most people love to talk about their tattoos, and if their ink is awesome and similar to what you want, this can be a great way to find the artist you’ve been looking for!
Go With The Best
Offering beautiful designs, a clean studio, and a professional attitude, King’s Head Tatto aims to serve their clients with the highest standards of safety and artistry in a clean, comfortable, eclectic environment. They offer a full range of high-quality tattoo services from large custom work, to small meaningful pieces.