Tattooing is an art that involves inserting ink into the skin’s dermis layer to form a design that is permanently embedded on the skin. Since this process is permanent in nature and often placed in a part of the body where it can be visible, choosing the artist to do it for you is a crucial decision.
Most tattoo artists will claim to be skilled and professional, but only their work will prove the truth of their claims. Since a tattoo is something that is easy to get but not to undo, it really is very hard to choose a tried and tested tattoo artist to work on giving you your dream tattoo at a cost that is also not too easy on the budget. You want to be 100% sure that they are talented and skillful enough because this is the only way to get the perfectly executed tattoo.
To be able to tell if a tattoo artist is a real pro or just a rookie pretending to be a pro, you must do your homework before blindly walking into a tattoo artist’s studio.
Research, research, research.
You can never be too careful and obsessive about researching about the possible tattoo artist to work on your design. Remember that you want to get value for money and don’t want to have any regrets. Research on the artists that you know and make sure you get a lot of feedback to base your decision on. If you have any friends who are inked, ask for their experiences regarding an artist. Was he professional in performing his service? Is his studio clean and his tools hygienic? Would they go back to him for another tattoo? These are some questions you might ask them, and you should be receiving positive reviews if you want to consider an artist to work on your skin. If you don’t personally know anyone who had themselves inked, try the internet. A reputable artist should have at least a website or Facebook page to advertise his craft. Look for feedback from previous customers. If the positive feedbacks are abounding and the negative ones are little to nonexistent, take note of that artist and consider their services.
Be On the Lookout
Check out their portfolio. A portfolio is a compilation of their completed jobs in the past. It would show you how simple or complex their designs were, if they were able to execute them with accuracy, if the designs are varied and well, pleasing to the eyes. When looking at their portfolio, consider the following:
Portfolio presentation. Is it clean and well kept? Obviously you will want to be sure the artist observes personal cleanliness as well. Are the pictures clear and the designs visible enough? How the portfolio is presented speaks a lot about the artist himself. A professionally made portfolio tells you that the artist cares about his craft and is proud of the works that he has done, as evidenced by the photos in his book.
Design gallery. Are the designs appealing? If you were to choose from them, would you be able to pick several that you definitely want inked on you? While what is appealing to you might be uninteresting to others, it all depends on personal taste. The important thing is, would you sport this artist’s designs? Also, are the designs executed beautifully, without visible flaws and juxtaposed on the ideal position? These designs should be able to tell a rookie from an experienced tattoo artist.
Clientele. From the artist’s portfolio, can you tell that he has had a reputable number of clients, who should be able to give some feedback on their work. Check out a few of his clients and see whether you can ask about their experience with the artist you are interested in. Nothing beats client feedback when it comes to something as drastic as getting inked.
Making the Right Choice
While it is always the risk-taker who will want to get himself inked, it is still best to be careful and thoughtful in deciding where to get your ink done. A professional artist will always be the better choice over a rookie one, even if they charge a bit more if you are sure to get your money’s worth with an experienced tattoo artist, then it definitely is worth the extra charge.