Choosing the Right Tattoo in Four Simple Steps

Choosing the Right Tattoo in Four Simple Steps

Feb 25, 2016 | Arleys Resco

Tattoo by Kodi Ellis
You're contemplating getting your very first tattoo. You may be very excited because of the countless amounts of unique ideas and designs. Perhaps you might want to have a tattoo that will showcase your ancestry, or a tattoo featuring your love for your religion, or a wicked tattoo of an inspiring quote. Whether this is your first time to or you're a tattoo collector, here are 4 simple steps on how to find the best tattoo just for you.

Get Familiar with Your Tattoo Artist

This is a major aspect that you should tackle first, aside from asking him or her which topical spray anesthetic works best for them, choosing an artist is a critical step. Before choosing which artist you think is best for you, you may ask yourself these questions:
  • Are you familiar with some of his work?
  • Do you prefer his/her style?
On the hunt for the best tattoo artists, it would be best to look at some of their previous works. If it is not available online, you can always visit the tattoo shop and view their portfolios. Make sure that the quality of their work is up to par with your personal standards and their style is the style that you want. If you couldn't find any photos done in the style you prefer, just move along. There are a lot of tattoo artists and tattoo shops to choose from and I am pretty sure that you'll be able to find the best out of the bunch.

Keep It Simple

For starters, keeping it basic might be the simplest decision you'll make. But if you're keen on having an elaborate design, talk it over with your artist with the general concepts and specific details. Photos and design inspiration to reference will aid the artist in visualizing your tattoo.

Have a Conversation with Your Artist

For a work of art to flourish, you need to have a conversation with the artist so that ideas will flow through both of you. Always keep in mind, that when you are in a professional studio, the tattoo artist will always be knowledgeable than you. He/ she will know what will look great and what will look mediocre. As much as you enjoy sharing your ideas, also listen to what they have to say. If your idea has too many elements, you may want to reconsider. As much as you may want to stay on control, now is the time to leave that attitude behind. Artists work best when you give them the freedom to work creatively.

Give Your Artist Creative Freedom

Aside from telling your artist your preferred design, don't forget to tell him your budget. Tattoos don't come cheap. The last of the four steps is inquiring about costs. Be sure to ask if your session includes is a pain relieving cream or a topical anesthetic gel. Once all steps have been tackled, let the artist work their magic. It may not take a long time but sometimes, their creativity might ask for you to be more patient. These four steps may take some time to complete, but remember it will take you longer to secure an appointment with your preferred artist. If it's your first tattoo looking into the best numbing products would be ideal sooner rather than later. Take our suggestions into consideration and may you have a speedy tattoo aftercare and healing time possible!