The art of Tattooing has been around for too many years to count dating all the way back from the 5th to 4th millennium BC. Tattoos have become a large part of our culture and with that you will find a lot of terrible tattoos. Most people go into their first tattoo blind acting on impulse more interested in the excitement rather than the art. Yes, we all know that tattoos are permanent but people still tend to make very poor choices throughout their life. With shows like Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master growing in popularity, the general public is beginning to see more into the world of a tattoo artist as well as the regretful decisions made by people just like themselves.
Tips on finding a Great Tattoo Artist
1. Ask a Friend who has a Tattoo:
If you see a friend’s tattoo that you like, ask them who did their tattoo. If you see a friend with a terrible tattoo, ask them who did their tattoo and then avoid going to that same artist. Tattooing is an art form and unfortunately just about anyone can pick up a tattoo gun and learn from a friend. This in no way makes them a tattoo artist. The best kind of friend to ask is an artist who also has tattoos.
2. Research the Tattoo Artist:
A good tattoo artist will have a solid lookbook put together featuring all of their best work. A lot will even have their work available to see online via Facebook, Instagram or their website. The artist’s lookbook should show the diversity of their skills and not just examples of flash art. Different tattoo artists have different styles as well, know exactly what you want so you can find the best artist for that style of tattoo you desire.
3. Don’t Focus on Just the Shop:
If your friend refers you to the same tattoo shop as they went to for a tattoo, that does not necessarily mean you will end up with the same quality tattoo. That is why tip #2 is so important. Focus on the artist, not the shop. When looking into a shop though, make sure it’s clean.
4. Don’t Be Cheap:
If you are searching for a cheap tattoo expect the quality of the work to match that. Unfortunately there is a particular skill set required to become a great tattoo artist and it’s not as simple as just sticking an image to someone’s skin. That is why a good artist is able to charge more for their work. A good artist is not sitting around their shop waiting for clients, they will usually have a waiting list for you to schedule an appointment on.
Below are examples great tattoos done by great tattoo artists:
If you have any great tattoo artists, let us know in the comment section!