Tattoos are not a simple service to provide, the average person will have to do some research to find the best local artists and the most reputable tattoo parlors that can provide them with a quality experience. As a tattoo is designed to last for life, making sure that you are comfortable with the artist and getting a piece of art that is truly special can be very important.
Here are some of the best ways to find a quality tattoo artist
Check Out Tattoo Magazines
Checking out directories and magazines from your area can be a great indication. Many of the best artists will showcase their work and take out advertisements to show off some of their most significant recent work. When you can get an idea of an artist’s past work, you can see if their art style fits with the style of tattoo you want and if they will be able to help you enjoy the look you have dreaming of.
Word of Mouth
If you know someone that has a great tattoo, ask them about their experience, and if they got the tattoo in the local area. This can be a great indication of the experience that you can have at a local tattoo parlor and what you can expect by going to the same artist.
Check The Studio Website
Going online can be an excellent way to check into online reviews and to see a portfolio of work from each artist. Going online can be one of the best ways to compare shops and to make sure that you will get a talented artist to give you the perfect tattoo.
Visit Some Studios
Make sure that you visit some studios so you can get a feel for the way the artists are and the way that the shop is run. Seeing more about how clean the shop is and meeting some of the artists can be an eye-opening experience. Finding someone that you get along with is always a great way to get tattooed as they are going to be helping you express yourself over a lifetime and you may be sitting down with that person over several sessions to complete the full piece.
By doing some of the research upfront, you can get a better tattoo and a better tattoo experience.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is a Clearwater tattoo shop. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.