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How to Support Tattoo Artists During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Black Lantern OC Tattoo Shop
The Black Lantern OC – Closed during the pandemic

After you’re done thoroughly washing your hands with soap & water for at least 20-seconds, jump on social media & check in on your favorite tattoo artist. 

Like the rest of us, they’re trying to stay positive & make the best out of the shit sandwich that is Coronavirus. What you may not realize, though, is just how hard the industry’s been hit since the global pandemic forced local, state, and federal governments to impose strict stay-at-home orders. 

Studios are closed and appointments have been postponed, but the rent is still due, kids are hungry, and money’s tight. 

If you’re fortunate to be in a position to support others during the COVID-19 pandemic, consider taking care of your tattoo artists. 

Here are a few tips on how.

Support Tattoo Artists

Book Now. Pay Now.

Most artists require an advanced deposit to secure an appointment slot. They’ll usually apply that money towards the total cost of the tattoo once it’s time to settle up.

If you’re booking future tattoos these days, consider we paying for the entire piece upfront. COVID-19 has forced a lot of artists to temporarily stop working. Many could use that extra money. 

Purchase Art & Merch Directly

A lot of your favorite tattoo artists are extraordinarily skilled painters, sculptors, metalworkers—makers of all sorts, really. 

Go check out their social media accounts for print sales, original art, and merch. 

Gift Cards

Gift cards are a great way to support artists & local economies. They can be used on future tattoos or merch, and make a sweet gift around the holidays. 

Check your favorite shop’s website to purchase a gift card. 

Commissioned Artwork

You need more art—we all do! Whether it’s a new piece for your home, a logo for your Etsy shop, or a gift for mother’s day, tattoo artists can help. 

Reach out to your favorite artist to ask about commissioning artwork.

There are also a few free ways to help. Be sure to engage with your artists on social media. Share their work, like their posts, and don’t forget to comment!