How to Pick Your Tattoo Artist

College is a time to explore yourself, and one of the hottest trends is getting a tattoo! As someone who has three tattoos, I love all of mine and decided to get them when I started college. It’s always something I’ve encouraged other people to pursue and is a great way to express yourself. But picking your tattoo artist can be a tricky and challenging process, so here are a few tips to help you pick your artist.

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1. Pick a reputable artist:

Every artist has their bad reviews, and those are important to note, but you also need to consider the good reviews. Typically, artists leave reviews on their site so new customers can read up on them. Make sure you read them. Don’t go into an office without knowing who you’re talking to.

2. Make sure the studio is clean:

This goes together with picking a reputable artist, but make sure that the studio you are going to is a clean studio. I’m super picky and make sure that when I’m getting tattooed, I watch my artist put a new needle in the gun. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

3. Look at the kind of work they do:

You might want something that is super simple and easy, and some artists won’t do that or vice versa. Make sure you know the kind of tattoo you want to get, then make sure that the artist you’re looking at will do that kind of tattoo.

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4. Talk to the artist:

Even if you think that your artist will tattoo you, make an appointment and talk to them. Some artists have rules against tattooing certain art or parts of the body. Make sure that your artist is okay with the tattoo you want and the placement of it. The artist may also have suggestions for your piece as well and may be able to make it better.

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These are all of the basic tips when considering your tattoo artist. At the end of the day, make sure you’re comfortable with who you’re going to. Ensure that the shop is clean, you’re spending an appropriate amount of money and that you will be happy with the final outcome. There are lots of great artists in Norfolk and some close to ODU, so don’t feel like you don’t have any options. This is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, don’t you want to be happy with it?