Before you get your tattoo, be informed. It is vital that you do your research and are aware of what is involved.
Choose what you like! It is important that you are completely happy with the design – obviously you will have to live with your tattoo for the rest of your life. Discuss the size and color with your artist in person to achieve the look you want. Sometimes it is better to leave artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of your chosen artist.
Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It will be there forever. If your concerns are for the sensation and level of discomfort involved, your artist should be happy to discuss these aspects with you.
It is your right to check out the artist’s previous work beforehand and make sure that you would be happy wearing their art on you forever. If they have no physical or online portfolio readily available for you to view, think twice about that particular tattooist.
Absolutely do not shop around for “the best price”. This is a trade in which you should see examples of the artist’s work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade to be bartered with – you pay an hourly rate for time and expertise!
Artists are not mind-readers. It is all very well to explain your idea or concept, but having preliminary sketches and/or examples ready will greatly enhance your communication of ideas.
We live in an age of many communicable diseases, some fatal, so it has become necessary to institute certain isolation and sterilization procedures in the tattoo process to assure the public of a safe, risk-free tattoo.
The following advice has been prepared by professional tattooists working with local, state and national health authorities.
Think twice before paying in advance. If you want a larger piece of work, one that may take two sessions or more, you should be able to pay as you go and only after the session’s end when you are happy with the work.