You should put the same effort into choosing a tattoo parlor as you would choose a hospital or a doctor because they are dealing with your body. You wouldn’t trust a doctor that is unknown, because you have to give them access to your body.
The same could be said for a tattooist. Choosing the wrong tattooist can have connotations for your health, so you should put a lot of effort to find the best tattoo and have it be someone that you can trust.
Word of Mouth
The first thing that you should do is ask your friends where they got their tattoo done. Tattoos are very popular in this day and age, so you are bound to know someone with a tattoo. Ask them about their experience and see if the artist was nice to them.
Please keep an open mind when you are asking for your friend’s advice. If they indicate that the artist was rude to them, then you have to think about how your friend spoke to the artist, or see if there was another reason that the artist could have for treating the friend badly. You should only make a decision on an artist based on corroborating evidence. So, if you have a few friends that have all had a bad experience with the artist, then you should move onto another artist.
You should also ask if there was any advice given about how to care for the tattoo. All the best tattoo parlors will have details about what they think is the best way to protect the tattoo.
If you have heard good things about an artist or their shop, then should visit the shop and see how clean it is. Keep in mind that having a tattoo is breaking your skin, so you are susceptible to infections.
The best tattoo shops should be as clean as some doctor’s offices. They should have cleaners and you should see artists clean their stations between customers.
Some tattoo parlors look vey high class. They have art on their walls and the rooms have tables and chairs. If you think a tattoo parlor looks dirty then you should have your tattoo done there. You have to think of your health as well as the beautiful artwork on your body.
If you have found a parlor that you like but you are still not 100% sure then you should turn to online reviews to see if the parlor is somewhere that you would like to make an appointment. Again, you should look for information about:
- Customer Service
- Quality of Design
- Manner of Staff
- Availability of appointments
Cancellations are a bit complicated because if you have an artist that cancels an appointment then it is an inconvenience to the customer. However, there are good reasons for a cancellation and you shouldn’t hold the issue against the artist if they have a very good reason.
If they have cancelled because they were out the night before, then you will have an issue, but professional artists that work in professional parlors will not do something like that.
Finding the right tattoo parlor is very important because you will look at that tattoo on your body and you will always remember the circumstances surrounding the tattoo. It would be such a shame if you remember getting an infection or a rude artist. So, you have to make sure that you don’t remember these things. The only way to do that is to make sure that you pick the right tattoo parlor and artist.