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Frank here again. Today we are going to be dealing with a question that we should all consider before we get tattooed - How do you choose your tattoo artist? This is possibly the most important part of getting your tattoo. Many people are under the impression that “one size fits all” when it comes to your tattoo artist. This is most certainly not the case, as every artist specialises in or offers a specific style. Sure there are many copy-paste parlours out there, who will take on anything - but today I am talking about tattoo ARTISTS.
Firstly, do your research. Get to know what you like, find images of work that you love, look at artist profiles, look at the hashtags on images that are posted, get to know the different styles that you will be choosing from. Once you have established exactly what you love, you can find the person who is best suited to creating a beautiful piece of art especially for you.
Don’t be scared to ask at a studio who they think will be best for your piece. If the studio doesn’t have someone who can achieve what you are looking for, they should recommend another local studio. So don’t take it personally if you are steered to a different artist or studio - these Artists and studios are looking out for your best interest - instead of taking your money and delivering something mediocre and generic.
Once you find the right artist, make a booking to discuss your piece. This is called a consult (and should be free of charge). Here you will get a feel for whether you and the artist are on the same page creatively, and whether you gel as humans. If your piece is quite large and detailed, you are going to be spending long periods of time with this artist, so your choice is also determined by the Artist’s personality.
Given that the piece is going to be on you forever, it is worth taking your time in finding the right artist for your piece. Once you are happy with your artist choice, this will hopefully allow you to relax and put your trust in their talent and process. Oh, we can talk a lot about process - but that’s a rant for another day…