Is the tattoo studio a good one?
Choosing the tattoo art you want is important, but so is doing the research in selecting a shop that can make your vision a reality. Ian Simon, artist and owner of Bitter Hearts Studio in Youngstown, Ohio, recommends thoroughly searching for a studio that fits your needs and artistic style. “Most major studios will have reviews on Google and Facebook,” he said. “Find a well reviewed shop and search through the artist portfolios. ” Once you’ve found a studio, pay an in-person visit. While you’re there, Simon says to look for current health permits, blood-borne pathogen certifications, and awards, all of which signify a clean and safe studio. Be wary of a studio that isn’t comfortable showing you around or answering your questions, Simon warns.
Does the tattoo artist’s vision allign with yours?
Each artist has a different style and approach to the tattooing process. Find an artist with a style that really captivates you, suggests Simon. This means sitting down with the artist and going through their portfolio. While you’re perusing their designs, Simon has a few things to look out for: “The artist should have a well-organized portfolio that has lots of work. This shows you that the artist takes pride in his or her work,” he says. “Most good artists do custom designs, so look out for smaller portfolios with trendy designs. This show that the artist isn’t just replicating the same work that’s popular on the internet and copying others’ work, which is usually a red flag regarding quality.” Lastly, ask how long they’ve tattooed, what their preferred styles are, and what plans they might have for your piece.