Getting a tattoo is a big step so it is important that you do a bit of research beforehand. It would be prudent to arrange to have chat with your tattoo artist before any work is commenced. You should use this time to ask any question or express any concerns you might have; your tattoo artist should be able to answer all your queries. It is perfectly acceptable for you quiz the tattoo artist in regards to their background and skill. How they reply to your questions should be a big determining factor in your decision to have a tattoo.
The type of questions you will ask the tattoo artist will be your attempt to establish their reliability and skill. You should begin by finding out about the tattoo parlor itself; how long have they been opened and how much business they get – you will be able to get an idea about this yourself by observing the comings and goings in the shop while you have your chat. With a bit of luck the shop will be a member of the Better Business Bureau, or similar organization, and you will be able to check up on their credentials and there will be a record of any complaints made against them. Don’t be afraid to ask about the tattoo artists credentials; having a tattoo is a potentially dangerous undertaking if the artist does not know what they are doing and you could be at risk of infection and disease from unsterilized needles. The fact that any tattoo artist spends so much of their time dealing with needles means that they must be competent and conscientious to be able to work safely. If your tattoo artist has the right credentials and reputation then you can feel secure that the work done will be not only of high quality, but also safe.
Another thing that you will need to ask during your initial interview is the parlor’s attitude towards guaranteeing their work and their refund policy. A tattoo can cost a bit of money so you need to make sure that you get value for your cash. In the unlikely event that the tattoo doesn’t turn out as expected will the artist be prepared to do corrections for free? If you are unhappy with the final result, will the tattoo artist be prepared to refund your money? It is important to have these things clear before committing yourself to any work.
The next thing that you will want to know about is the cost of any work you are considering; you do not want to commit yourself to anything unless you are sure about how much the final design is going to cost you. Large tattoos can end up costing a lot of money and even the smaller ones can be far from cheap. You don’t want to get a nasty shock after the work is done so ensure that you agree to a price before you commence any work. After the tattoo is on your arm is the wrong time to be negotiating the price.
A good tattoo artist will explain to you beforehand about the risks of infection and provide you with information. The better ones will have written documentation that you can take away with you to digest at your leisure. There is information that you need to aware of in order to prevent infection or other complications during the healing phase after the work is completed. Once again you should ask questions and not be afraid to express any concerns you might have.
Many people suffer from a fear of needles and this could be the main thing preventing them from getting a tattoo or making them nervous about their forthcoming work. Do mention this to your tattoo artist. There is no real way around the use of needles during the making of a permanent body design, but if the tattoo artist is aware of your fear he will be able to ease the process and offer suggestion which will make having your tattoo a more comfortable experience.
There is no such a thing as foolish question when you are the customer. You have the right to get as much information as you can and if the tattoo artist tries to fob you off or if they refuse to answer your concerns then you should take your business to a more professional operation. The possible risks involved with having a tattoo are enough to mean that you must take the whole business serious; if your chosen artist does not respect your concerns you should find one that does.