The most important thing one can do before getting a tattoo is taking the time to find the right studio and a right artist. Many people just decide on an impulse that they want to get a tattoo, and enter the nearest studio without much thought about what they really want to get out of this whole process. Some are fortunate enough to walk away with a great tattoo, while others are left with scars instead of tattoos on their skin.
Here are few of the points you must keep in mind while getting tattoos on your body. This guideline is only to help you in making a better and informed decision, and to make sure that you get a tattoo you can be proud of for the years to come.
(1) Don’t Rush – Take Time to decide: Getting a new tattoo can be an exhilarating time in one’s life. It may be a bit difficult for you to wait for the right opportunity to arrive once you have decided to get yourself tattooed. As they say, better things take time to happen so do not rush. Slow down and take time to decide.. If you really wish to have a great tattoo which can give you happiness then it is always better to wait and evaluate your options before deciding about the kind of tattoo(s), studio and the artist you want to opt for.
(2) Take a Round of Several Studios: Go around and try to find out which is the best studio and artist for you. After entering in a studio observe whether it is clean, orderly and professional in look. Check out examples of the artists’ work in the studio you visit. Just stay for a while and watch if you can- getting someone tattooed. Ask the artists questions and clarify the doubts you have about the tattoos and the process followed at the studio. And monitor if artists are friendly and eager to talk to you and clarify your doubts.
(3) Inspect the Work of Artists: You need not necessarily to be a tattoo artist to identify the good or bad work done by various tattoo artists. By closely observing tattoo art work done you can tell which one is a good job and which one is a bad work done by the artist(s). Just by observing the pictures (portfolio) closely you will be able to identify the lines vividly. The tattoo lines should not be jumpy, uneven or wobbly and instead must be smooth and bold with colors filled in completely without any blank areas. Circles on the tattoo work should look like circles and not ovals. Go through the artist’s portfolio and tattoo work (photograph) he had done earlier. This will give you a clue of his talent, not just as a technician applying a tattoo. Inquire about how knowledgeable the artist is. How much he is aware of the latest styles, innovations and safety issues related to tattooing. What kind of training has he acquired? Does he have the relevant documents and certificates to prove it?
(4) Listen to Your Acquaintances, Friends and Colleagues: Your acquaintances, friends and colleagues can be a great resource to you. If they have had a good experience, they will probably recommend their artist or will let you know some other very good source where you can get your desired tattoo.
(5) Follow the Rules: Other than the use of Universal Procedures and Laws requiring that minors be tattooed only with parental permission, Tattoo Parlors must be licensed. For getting a license tattoo artist needs to qualify by completing a health department course on infectious disease transmission.
(6) Safety Procedures: See that the tattoo artist is following the normal safety procedures before the application of tattoo on your body. Ensure it that needles are opened in front of you only. Ask the studio artist(s) if the needles are autoclaved and other material are disposed off after single use. Also see to it that the artist wears gloves. It is essential that tattoo artist is vaccinated for Hepatitis B and other infectious diseases. So make sure that he has got it done.