How To Pick A Tattoo Artist?
Has someone you know worked with good tattoo artists? – The easiest and possibly best place to start your search for a tattoo artist is to ask a friend or relative with great ink for a recommendation. Chances are, if you love the art on their skin, they’ll be happy to give you advice about finding an artist you love. This is particularly true if the work they got from their artist is the kind of work you are looking for. And seeing an artist’s healed work in person is even better than seeing pictures of it.
- 0.1 How do I tell my tattoo artist what I want?
- 1 What should you not say to a tattoo artist?
- 2 Is it rude to ask tattoo price?
- 3 Where should I get my first tattoo?
- 4 How much do you tip a tattoo artist?
- 5 Is it rude to ask for a specific tattoo artist?
How do I tell my tattoo artist what I want?
How do I choose a good tattoo design?
Do tattoo artists draw what you want?
Asking Them To Draw Something For You – Many people expect tattoo artists to make all their design dreams come true, without offering any input. But that’s just not how the process works. It’s important to “have an idea of what you want for a tattoo and where you want it and describe it,” Palomino says.
From there, it’ll be easier for them to create something from scratch — using your ideas as a guideline. Artists can even take your design and add their own creative spin. So if you want something truly unique, let them know you want them to include their own flair.
This is, after all, a type of collaboration. And there’s definitely a lot of etiquette to keep in mind when getting a tattoo , as a result. But that doesn’t mean you can’t speak up. If something isn’t to your liking, isn’t going as planned, or is uncomfortable, let the artist know.
What questions should I ask my tattoo artist?
What should you not say to a tattoo artist?
Is it rude to ask tattoo price?
Many artists find it extremely rude if you try to haggle the price of a tattoo. Though negotiating the price of some goods and services is normal, haggling with your artist over the cost of a tattoo is typically seen as unacceptable and insulting.
How do you see if a tattoo looks good on you?
One way to really test out a look on your body is to book an appointment with the tattoo artist you are considering for a trial tattoo. It may cost you if you are spending a significant amount of time, so check with your artist of choice how they would like to proceed.
Where should I get my first tattoo?
What is a good first tattoo?
While upper arms, forearms, thighs, and calves are all great locations, Brodsky says elbow and knee tattooing can be ‘kind of spicy, but it’s still doable. ‘ Tattoos on the torso hurt worse, she explains, because the skin is softer and lighter.
Is it rude to wear headphones while getting a tattoo?
Conclusion – The tattoo process is a personal thing and what’s acceptable will vary depending on your tattoo artist. Make sure that you speak to them to understand what they expect and what is acceptable during the procedure. You need to be comfortable but so do they.
Is it rude to show a tattoo artist another tattoo?
Let the artist take lead on the design Most tattoo artists are in fact artists. They want to tattoo you with their own art. This isn’t just a creative preference. Tattooers generally have perfected a certain style (or styles). Their best designs and their best execution will be in this style(s). They want to be confident and and proud of your tattoo.
- Don’t send them a picture of another artist’s work and say “I want this tattoo”.
- Don’t be surprised if the artist does not want to tattoo in a style that is not their own.
- Do share reference images for the subject matter you like.
- Do share reference images from the artist’s own portfolio and say “I like the style you used here. “
Be as specific as you need to be. Not more or less. Artists love it when you give them creative freedom but don’t do it unless you really do want them to make all creative decisions. If you have something specific in mind, tell them.
- Don’t tell the artist “you have complete freedom” and then come to the shop and make a lot of corrections.
- Do tell the artist any specifics you have in mind before they work on the design!
New tattoos are always a better option than “adding on” to, or modifying an existing tattoos. Most artists would rather not work with another artist’s tattoo. It adds constraints to their design potential and it forces them to either: (a) Vandalize an existing, nice tattoo or (b) Have their work seen alongside an existing ugly tattoo. Either way, this won’t be a portfolio piece and won’t get the best work from the artist.
That’s not possible if you give excessive direction or if you force the artist outside of their core styles. Also, remember that good artists won’t copy another artist’s design so don’t ask. Consider: do you really need your existing tattoo to keep growing and becoming more and more of a Frankenstein’s Monster? Or can you offer new real estate to each artist? Cover-ups are a different story.
If you need a cover-up, you need a coverup. Not all artists are technically capable of good cover-ups and not all artists like to do them because of the additional constraint but it’s always worth asking.
- Don’t think of your tattoo as a house you are continually remodelling.
- Do think of tattoos more like paintings you are commissioning. Give the artist a clean canvas.
- Do consider going back to the same artist for modifying or touching up an existing tattoo.
Don’t design by committee There’s nothing worse than customers who bring an opinionated friend or loved one to “help” them with design decisions. You hired the artist to help you with design. Adding a third party can complicate the already-delicate balance of artist/client in the design process. The more opinions you solicit, the harder and more confusing the process will be. Only you know what you want and the artist can help you.
- Don’t bring a friend or spouse to speak for you.
- Don’t text photos of the design to friends asking for their opinion.
- Do tell your opinionated friends to quiet down if they become too involved in your tattoo design process.
Limit your party to yourself + 1 max Speaking of bringing others with you… consider visiting the shop alone for your appointment. Most shops are limited in their space and cannot accommodate your friends. Not only that, your friends might think it sounds fun to be at the shop while you get tattooed, but it’s not. Your friends will be bored.
- Don’t bring extra people with you to be tattooed without asking the shop first. Most shops don’t want your friends sleeping in the waiting area while you get tattooed.
- Do limit your party to just you or one other if you must and encourage your friends to go do something while you get tattooed so they don’t sleep in the waiting area.
Let the artist concentrate while you get tattooed Even the most experienced artists need to limit stressors during their tattooing. Tattooing requires intense concentration. Some artists love to gab while tattooing but others prefer to be quiet. Let the artist take the lead or ask them what they prefer.
- Do bring a book to read or movie to watch provided you can do it without moving.
- Do let your artist take the lead on whether or not to talk.
- Don’t stare at the tattoo while your artist is working. This is stressful.
- Don’t talk too much unless your artit is the chatty one.
Sit still! For obvious reasons, you never want to move while there is a tattoo needle inking your skin. If you might have trouble with pain, consider a numbing cream in advance of getting tattooed (ask your artist first). If you’re jumpy, you’re wasting tattooing time and risking mistakes. Generally though, you’re stressing out the artist which can mean not getting their best work.
- Don’t move unexpectedly.
- Don’t talk if you’re getting your ribs tattooed.
- Do let the artist know if you need to move or stretch.
- Do let the artist know If you think the furniture can be adjusted to be more comfortable.
- Do consider topical numbing cream in advance of your tattoo if you’re worried about tolerating the pain (ask the artist first though)
Tipping It is customary to tip tattoo artists just like (in the US) it is customary to tip restaurant wait staff. Because it’s customary, not tipping is seen as a sign of being dissatisfied with your tattoo.
- Do expect to tip when budgeting for your tattoo.
- Do tip the artist directly and in cash.
- Do tip big (e. 20%+) if you love your tattoo.
- Do talk to your artist whenever you feel something isn’t being handled well (consultation, design, etc). A small tip (or no tip) shouldn’t be the only sign that you are dissatisfied.
Aftercare There are many different aftercare procedures out there. Always follow the artist’s own aftercare instructions because you and the artist are both responsible for the quality of your tattoo.
- Do make sure to get precise instructions for aftercare from your artist.
- Do feel OK to ask questions during the healing process if something seems wrong.
- Do a little research about healing tattoos to know what’s normal. Scabbing is normal. Ink on the bandage is normal. Looking faded in the first couple of weeks is normal.
Touch-ups Most tattoos will not need touching up — at least for many years. However, sometimes ink does fall out or fade. This can happen for many reasons. The artist’s tattoo technique matters but it’s just half the story. Healing/fading is also affected by aftercare, your biology, the placement on the body (bendy parts like wrists, elbows, fingers, etc will fade more and faster).
- Do wait 30 days before even considering a touch-up. Tattoos can look less-than-perfect while healing and need 30 days to be completely healed.
- Do take good care of your tattoo following artist instructions and avoiding any strong sun exposure, rubbing, or soaking of the tattoo area while it’s healing.
- Don’t expect the tattoo ink to look as vibrant as it did the day of your tattoo. Tattoo ink sits under the top layer of skin so, once healed, you’ll be looking at the ink through the top layer of skin.
- Don’t be confrontational with the artist about your touch-up. Your artist cares as much as you do about the tattoo looking great so there’s no reason to take an aggressive posture if you have concerns about your tattoo.
Why are tattoo artists so rude?
Conclusion – It could be that the tattoo artist that you go to see is having a bad day or has been treated badly by another customer. There could be lots of reasons why they seem to be being rude towards you. However, it could just be their way and they don’t mean anything by the abrupt way they speak to people.
How much do you tip a tattoo artist?
How Much to Tip – If you decide to tip, the next step is to calculate exactly how much to add to the final tattoo price. The general consensus in the tattoo community is that 20 percent is the typical amount to tip — just like at a restaurant or a hair salon.
However, consider this number a baseline, as some tattoos require more or less work than others. Just like there is no one tattoo experience or price, there’s no one-size-fits-all tipping option. “The more you spend on the tattoo, the more you should tip, as they are putting more work into the piece,” says Fiore.
Weed, however, notes that there is one thing that every tattoo experience needs to have to warrant a tip: It needs to be great. Your artist is putting time into the behind-the-scenes of your tattoo, but it’s also their responsibility to ensure you’re comfortable and having a good time while it’s happening.
Is it rude to ask for a specific tattoo artist?
Can I ask for a tattoo I found on Pinterest? – Tattoos found online can be given as a reference, but your artist will likely design their own version of it. It’s never good practice to steal another tattooer’s original design. It’s disrespectful both to the original artist and the person it was designed for.
Tattoos can be so personal, so custom art is usually made specifically for that client. However, there are some exceptions to this rule — scripts, things from pop culture, famous art, and universal symbols like hearts and infinity signs are generally OK.
If you like a certain look, go to that artist directly or find someone with a similar style to design custom body art for you. You can also get permission from the original artist to get a piece commissioned.
Where does tattoo hurt most?
What do you say when tattoo artist asks your budget?
Tell your artist what you can afford, and together you can create a design and a timeline that works for both of you. Spreading the cost across multiple sessions will not only help the tattoo to heal well, but you’ll also avoid spending a large sum of money all at one time.
What to do if you are not happy with your tattoo?
- Tattoos are a super popular art form and they’re known for being permanent but if you’re not satisfied with your ink you have a few options.
- Touch-ups, cover-up designs, and laser removal are some possible ways to deal with a tattoo you no longer want.
- However, every tattoo must be approached on a case-by-case basis. Some tattoos can be removed completely but others, especially those with vibrant colors, are not as easy to get rid of.
- By working with removal specialists and professional tattoo artists, it’s possible to get rid of ink you don’t like or turn it into a design you love.
- Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.
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To learn more, INSIDER spoke with professional tattoo artist Baris Yesilbas of Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlour and Dr. Will Kirby, board-certified dermatologist and chief medical officer for aesthetic-dermatology group LaserAway.
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How do you ask an artist for their tattoo to work?
Tattoo – Ph Credit Grace Madeline found on Unsplash. com My Artworks as TATTOOS Lately I have received an increased number of requests from people that like my art asking permission to use my artworks for a tattoo. I am happy that people like my Art as much to decide to have it permanently inked somewhere on their body.
I consider this request a great and wonderful honor, I am thrilled and humbled that someone is thinking to use my existing paintings or illustrations for their tattoos! Well, as visual artist this open another window into my art.
I love tattoos and this is the opportunity with this post to inform and talk about a few important things. What to do with a request like this? If you’re an artist, or, if you are the person interested to get the tattoo. There is something very important to be aware of, and is that people cannot just save an image of an artwork over the internet and take it to the Tattoo Shop to have it tattooed.
Some Tattoo artists only works on their own custom creations and most of all they do not copy another tattoo artist work. They are a bit more open when you bring your favorite visual artist work to be recreated having the permission from the artist.
So, what to do then? There is a mutual respect of the Copyright between a tattoo artist and a visual artist, no one wants to do a “Copyright Infringement” while recreating without permission an existing artwork that is not custom created by the tattoo artist you choose but created by another artist.
Then, not everyone knows that if you’re going to bring your favorite artist artwork to have it tattooed it’s needed the artist “Permission”. All you need to do is to obtain your permission in advance, by contacting directly the artist, or find out if he/she sell a Tattoo Pass/Ticket on their website or shop.
What is a Tattoo Pass or Tattoo Ticket? Artists sell the permission letter to use their artwork as tattoo often nothing is shipped and they send a downloadable PDF for you to print. When you purchase the Pass or Ticket, it’s your kind way to pay and support the artist work and art.
- About me, I have been thinking at a nice way to grant my tattoo permission to who is interested;
- I have created and released my TATTOO Permission Pack! My Pack includes the personal permission letter and a beautiful hand enhanced print of my artwork you want to be tattooed;
I really appreciate if you ask permission in advance is a great act of support and kindness! I own the Copyright of my work as Artist ©Carolina Russo any unauthorized reproduction or use without my written permission is in violation of the U. Copyright law.
- I am happy to grant you a Tattoo Permission for my Artworks to be inked, but before you go on, there are few details that you need to know, please make sure to read my Tattoo Policy;
- Tattoo Policy: 1) If you love my Art please consider to support my work by buying (prior getting the tattoo done) my TATTOO Permission Pack price is $55 + free shipping, which includes the written Permission a 5×7 inch print of the artwork you choose to get tattooed;
My prints are hand enhanced and signed by me it would be a great reference piece for the Tattoo Artist and in the end for you to have my art in your home. This is the best way to support my work in a respectable and honest way. The print pack comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, the Tattoo’s Permission that allow you to get my artwork tattooed (it includes your name) Permission and image cannot be shared with someone else for another tattoo each Permission it’s personal.
2) Please use a reputable and serious Tattoo Artist and bring my “Permission Form” with you because a serious tattoo artist will ask for it. Do not alter, transform or manipulate my image in any way, the only option I allow is to accommodate you if you want the tattoo to be in “Black Shading” instead of my original colors.
In that case you have to let me know when you purchase your Permission Pack. 3) When the Tattoo is done if you share photos on social media please Tag me on Instagram @carolinarussoart I love to see it and share it too! Always whenever you share images of the tattoo please give me credit as the artist that created the original artwork and credit your tattoo artist too, also ask your tattoo artist to do the same if photos are shared. If you have any questions prior your order please Contact me! I have added a new page in the Menu here on the Blog where you can always go back easily and be able to purchase at anytime the Tattoo Permission Pack TATTOO Permission PACK $55 Thank You! Copyright 2020 ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter. com .