If you are the kind of person that likes to push the boundaries of what society tells you is OK, then you’ve probably entertained the idea of getting a tattoo. However, if you’re the kind of person that isn’t satisfied with just going into a tattoo parlor and choosing a design off the wall, then you might all about the custom ink.
It is best to note that tattoo artists, as a whole, can be considered purveyors of custom ink, with the experience and ability to do just about anything you’d want on your skin. However, for many in the tattoo community (both the artists & clients), the notion of doing custom ink means that there is more of the artist showcasing his or her talent in one-of-a-kind designs. The artist isn’t satisfied with taking popular flash artwork & simply copying it. The custom ink artist takes pride in either taking a notion & putting their own spin on it, thereby giving the client a tattoo that is unique.
So, if you’re after that perfect first piece or looking to add something magical to your tattoo collection, here are a few tips for finding the best custom ink artist in your area:
Ask Others About Their Ink – Word of mouth is big for tattoo artists. If you do good work, your name will make the rounds. What’s more, if you’re looking for the best, don’t be afraid to ask people about their tattoos. They’re usually more than happy to share.
Online Research Is Vital – Check online reviews, as well as ratings through the Better Business Bureau (if applicable). With something as permanent as a tattoo, folks are not afraid to let you know how they feel.
Don’t Be Afraid to Inspect Studios & Ask Questions – Hit the pavement & walk into some shops. Look over portfolios, ask questions of the staff & artists present. Also, look around and see if the shop is keen on cleanliness & proper safety protocol.
Attend Tattoo Shows – Big shows showcase some of the best talent around. Lines can be long, but you do gain some tremendous insight into the quality of the art produced.
Take Your Time – Though it’s a worn refrain, you always need to remember that a tattoo is forever. Take your time choosing the right artist for your tattoo. Some people wait years before getting their first bit of ink because they want to not only look fantastic, but they want it to be for all of the right reasons. There’s no need to rush the process.
Custom ink may be nothing more an issue of semantics for most people, but for the tattoo artists that see their work as a continuation of the history & culture of body art, being regarded as a next-level artist is important. It’s also worth it to the prospective client making a decision about their first, or their latest, tattoo.