First off, Tattoos should NEVER be quick or dirty. It’s critical to your health and to get the best tattoo possible that you follow some important guidelines. Trust me, all the tattoo professionals should provide you with the same advice. If not run…run…RUN!
1. Choose an artist by four basic criteria:
- A careful review of their portfolio
- A conversation with them to ensure you feel comfortable with their capability & execution, often it is a 30 minute consultation, which is free
- An understanding of their hourly price, the deposit and what that applies towards
- What is their policy for following touch-ups (this is usually free)
2. Choose the artist’s shop by these basic criteria:
- A review of their hygiene standards:
- Every equipment touching you should be sterilized (using an autoclave)
- Inks, needles, disposable equipment should be single use only
- All cords, tables with the ink used on you should be wrapped in fresh plastic wrap or medical sheets
- The artists should be using fresh, new medical gloves for your tattoo alone
- Overall the shop should appear to be clean, organized and managed as a business
- Ensure they have a business license & in some states look for the “Blood Born Pathogens” Certifications
- Do not get a tattoo in someone’s basement, home, or van.
Questions about these guidelines? Shoot me a note and I will do my best to answer them.