How To Choose A Tattoo Artist

Getting a tattoo is a great way to express yourself and to adorn your body with an image that is both meaningful to you and gives you the aesthetic that you want.

There are a lot of fantastic tattoo artists out there, but there are also some who are not so great.

If you are thinking about getting a tattoo then choosing your tattoo artist is the most important decision to make, even more so than choosing the design that you want. If you do not get the right artist then you could end up with a tattoo you regret.

Personal recommendations

This is often the simplest way to start finding good tattoo artists. If you have friends and family members who have tattoos that you like, then speak to them and ask about where they got them.

This is the most straightforward way because you can see an example of their work in the flesh, and you can also get an idea from the person you speak to about what the tattooing experience was like.

If you do not know anyone with tattoos personally, you could use social media to find people who have. Use local Facebook groups to ask for advice, or comment on Instagram posts featuring tattoos that you like and ask for more information.

Most people are passionate about their tats and are only too happy to talk about them!

Look at their work

Another approach is to use Instagram and other online portfolios to look at examples of an artist’s work. You can use hashtags on Instagram to look at the work of tattoo artists specializing in the type of imagery that appeals to you, and then get in touch with them through their profile.

Find specialists in your chosen style

If you would like a tattoo in a particular style, then seek out studios that specialize in it to ensure that you find an artist who can realize your vision. For example, Lighthouse Tattoo in Sydney Australia has a range of artists working there, specializing in a number of different styles. They are particularly well known for their Japanese style tattoos.

Visit the studio

Once you have chosen a potential artist, it is a good idea to visit the studio to get an idea of how you feel about the place.

Be sure that you are happy that everything looks clean and well organized, and that the equipment is well maintained. Your tattoo artist should be more than happy to put your mind at ease about their health and hygiene procedures.

Talk to your artist

When choosing a tattoo artist it is important to remember that you will potentially be spending quite a long period of time with them! Talk to them, and make sure that you feel comfortable with them. If you do not, then find someone else.

Be sure to consult with your artist on the design itself, too. Tattoo artists are artists, and they will be able to give you great insight into what kinds of design will work well for you. Most artists really appreciate being approached with an idea and being allowed the opportunity to help you bring it to life.

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