Last time, I talked about what you should never do when you go to get a tattoo. Let’s think positive this time. 🙂
- Always take your time.
Your skin’s going to be around for a long time and so is any tattoo you apply to it, so shouldn’t you take plenty of time to figure out what you really want? Not every location has the luxury of multiple tattoo parlors, but if yours does, check out as many as you can, and be sure to spend time looking at the artists’ portfolios. See what they’re doing in the way of original artwork. See how they handle standard flash. Ask about their touchup policy. Unless you’re interrupting them while they’re focused on their art, most artists will be happy to discuss your concerns.
- Always discuss your design with your artist before making a firm decision.
My own experience has shown that what a person thinks would be a great design might not translate at all well to skin. Your artist will know what works and what doesn’t. He or she will know whether to simplify, amplify, or start over with something else. When you decide on a design, get an estimate of the cost from the artist and ask how the artist prefers to be paid.
- Always be prepared.
Once you’ve decided on an artist, be sure to find appropriate clothing to wear to your appointment, decide what skin care products you’ll be using afterwards (your artist will have preferences and it’d be wise to ask ahead of time so you can go get whatever-it-is) and make sure you set out in plenty of time so you won’t be late. Be sure to be prepared to pay the artist.
- Always communicate honestly with your artist.
Take your time looking over the stencil that he or she prepares, and speak up about any changes you want. Be sure to take your time looking at the placement of the stencil on your skin. Have it moved if it’s not quite right. Once the process begins, if you need to take a break, say so. If you’re sitting there getting more and more tense and stressed it will be harder for you to recover afterwards.
- Always thank and tip your artist.
Good work deserves praise and rewards. If you plan on paying for your ink with a credit card it might be nice to bring cash enough to tip the artist directly.
- If you are happy with your tattoo, always spread the word.
Tattoo artists build their clientele through favorable word-of-mouth. If you like what was done, don’t be shy about telling other people who did the work. You want to help a good artist stay in business for a long time to come.
Do you have other suggestions? What do you think people should always do? I’d love to hear your answers.