If you’re searching for a local tattooer, your search results have probably brought up several different options. Instagram has become a breeding ground for tattooers to feature their profiles. Still, they can also pay to boost their profile. This means that even newbies can make themselves look like seasoned pros. With new tattooers popping up everywhere, how do you know who to hire?
In this article, we’ll dive into a comprehensive guide on finding and contacting the right tattooer for your next piece of art!
What makes the right tattooer for one person can be entirely different for another. So, while your friends may tell you that they have the absolute best in the business, there are some things to consider before making an appointment.
The easiest and best place to start your search is to ask a friend or relative. But, if you are going to take their word, make sure you love their ink. Chances are, if you love the art on your friends and family’s skin, they’ll be ready and willing to share all the deets on their tattooer. While word of mouth is incredibly helpful in the tattoo world, you need to make sure you like what you see.
There are three elements to consider when you search for your ideal tattooer. Before you start, use these three elements to filter your online search:
When you’re looking for a local tattooer, be sure to do your research and check out their online portfolio. Look at their reviews and examples of their work. Individual tattooers promote themselves online and work hard to maintain a positive reputation. Look for their personal website and social media profiles, but look for reviews on their shop as well. If you’re concerned for any reason about a potential option, you’ll be able to learn a lot from the comments and reviews left by previous clients.
Once you’ve decided on a potential tattooer, you should reach out and ask questions. Whether you’re looking for a small piece or a full sleeve, you need to gather the answers to all your questions. Larger pieces often take multiple sittings, so make sure they have availability in their schedule. You can typically schedule a consultation to make sure you’re comfortable with your choice. During your consultation, talk through your ideas and be open to their insight. Make sure you find someone whose personality matches yours and who you feel comfortable with. Getting a tattoo is a personal experience, so you want to pick someone you have complete confidence in before you book an appointment.
Getting tattooed comes with its fair share of pain. Still, it can be an even more painful experience if you don’t feel comfortable. Before you hire someone, check out the vibe of the shop where they look. Look through the tattoo shop’s online reviews on Google, Yelp, Instagram, and Facebook. Stop by for a visit and make sure the shop’s interior is clean, sanitary, and well-maintained. Check out the cleanliness of their facility and make a note of any red flags. If you don’t feel comfortable, move on to explore your next option.
Now that you know how to narrow down your search, we’re going to leave you with some golden tips to help make sure you pick the best option for your needs!
While it might seem like finding the right tattooer takes a lot of time and effort, it’ll be worth it in the end. The more confident you are in your choice, the more likely you will get the beautiful piece of art you envisioned.
As always, all content has been written by CA Tattoo Supply, based on our 30-year experience in tattooing. If you have read this and feel we have left out any pertinent information, please add your personal experiences to the comment section below.