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When you get a tattoo, it lives on your body forever. As a result, it’s vital that you love the work.

Due to this, you need to be 100% confident in the tattoo artist you choose to create your masterpiece. So, how do you find the right tattoo artist for your creation? Let’s take a look at 3 things to consider.

1. Know your inner tattoo style

If you’ve created your own unique and creative design, then you need to find a tattoo artist who will bring it to life.

For this reason, it’s best to search for an artist who specialises in the style you’re looking to create. After all, a specialist in realism may not work as well with fine lines. Alternatively, an expressionist may not be the best person to work in a neo-traditional style.

When you’re picking your tattoo artist, think of it like commissioning artwork from a painter. After all, you’re commissioning a piece of that tattooist’s artwork. The only difference is that the canvas is your body.

2. Do your research when getting a tattoo

Finding a tattoo artist that you love is simple when you know your search parameters. If your friends and family have tattoos, then ask them for their thoughts and inspirations as a starting point.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for inspiration, then Instagram is the place to visit. The platform is loved by tattooists who use it to showcase their work.

To get started, search for hashtags based on the tattoo you’re thinking of getting. For example, if you’re looking for something traditional, then #traditionaltattoos will do the trick. Alternatively, for something modern, try #neotraditionaltattoo. In seconds, your feed will be flooded with artists who specialise in the type of tattoo you’re looking for.

Following this, you can click on the profiles of the tattoo artists you’ve found and view their portfolios. After scouring these profiles (and undoubtedly liking hundreds of photos), you can then make a shortlist of artists you like.

The next step is to find whether they have a website and assess what their reviews are like. Remember, you’re going to spend hours sat in a chair with your tattoo artist, so you’ll want to know all about their hygiene practices, their manner and their likes and dislikes, too. Getting a tattoo can be an emotional and laborious process, so you need to find someone you can make a bond with.

3. Get in touch with a tattoo artist

If you love an artist’s work and they have great reviews, then it’s time to get in touch with them. Most artists generally like to be emailed, but check on their website or Instagram page first to make sure.

In your email, you should provide the tattoo artist with as much information as possible about what you’re looking for, including:

  • Which part of the body the tattoo will be on
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The style of the tattoo
  • Any initial design thoughts you’ve had

This way, the tattoo artist can also make a decision about whether they’re right for the job. If not, they may suggest someone else who is.

Generally speaking, it’s considered best practice to not mention price in your initial email. That said, it’s always worth having a budget in mind before you get in touch.

Once you’ve exchanged emails and your prospective tattoo artist is happy with your design, you can arrange a visit to their shop. This is an important step in the process because you need to ensure that you feel happy and comfortable there. Although the aesthetics of the shop aren’t necessarily important, you need to ensure the parlour is clean, well-lit and well-maintained. At this stage, it’s also worth asking whether you can see their tattoo supplies, such as their tattoo inks and any other professional tattoo equipment they have.

Finally, once you’re happy with everything, you can book an appointment. However, you’ll need to keep in mind that many good tattoo artists are booked well in advance. Thankfully though, if you follow the above steps, you’ll find that your finished piece is more than worth the wait.

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