It’s easy enough to find a shop where you could get a tattoo on your body in an hour or so, but finding a reputable tattoo shop is what many people getting a tattoo strive to do.
Finding a reputable tattoo shop is really important, because a tattoo will never come off of your body, so making absolutely sure you have found the right place is vital.
Some easy tips for finding a reputable tattoo shop:
- Ask other people.
If you have friends, family or co-workers that have tattoos you can easily ask them where they got their tattoo, and whether or not their experience was good or bad.
People love to talk about their tattoos, so even asking someone you’ve never met before can strike up a good conversation. One thing I have found, is that whether people love their tattoos or hate them, they are generally really happy to tell you where they got their work done.
If they found a reputable tattoo shop to get their work done, they will be glad to refer you to the place where they got their body art done.
- Go into some tattoo shops and ask some questions.
Don’t be afraid to look at the artists portfolios, and ask questions. If you have never had a tattoo done before, it can be a little intimidating. in my experiences though, tattoo shops can lead to meeting some really great people.
Ask about their sterilization techniques. Any reputable shop will be glad to tell you that they only use new needles, and that they adhere to strict public health guidelines for their customers. a dirty, or lazy tattoo shop will not be in business for long these days, so finding a reputable tattoo shop should be really easy.
Tattoo artists have to adhere to strict guidelines for “invasive body decorations” and therefore require a license, as set by the Health Department of your city. Any established and reputable tattoo shop in town will be properly licensed and will abide by relevant health regulations.
They should be using an autoclave to sterilize any equipment that is not disposed of after each tattoo, and they should definitely be using tattoo needles only once. If they reuse needles or other equipment that should be disposed of, they are not the right shop for you.
- Look at the artist’s portfolio.
Today’s tattoo artists do some really great work, and they love to show it off. their portfolio is literally the best way to look at their past work to determine if their artistic style will fit your personal needs.
Don’t be afraid to look at all of the portfolios, which are always out in the lobby area of most shops. here, you will find hundreds of great images that can give you an idea of what you want in a tattoo, as well as what kind of style you want.