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How do I recognize a good tattoo shop/ tattoo artist?

Thinking about getting a tattoo, but I don't fancy an infection and/ or sloppy work. Any advice?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on May. 29, 2011 in Beauty & Style

Answers (7)
  • look at their portfolio. first make sure the place is OSHA certified and then have a consult to see their entire portfolio

    Answer by momofone725 at 4:22 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • Prices, guarantees, you have to be sure he changes his needles every time, See his pictures of his past clients some do that.

    Answer by SamJ321 at 4:22 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • Ask around. Word of mouth is the best way to get a artist that is good.. As for the shop, infection can happen no matter how good the shop is, but if your state regulates them; I would start there.. You can go around and see the artist portfolio also to get an idea of their work..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 4:24 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • like the other mommas said. . also it is ok to ask what they clean the shop with. make sure you feel comfortable there. If they tell you they can't do the work you want done, they probably aren't the greatest artists. . . do your research! GL

    Answer by Kirs at 4:25 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • Check the bathroom when you go in ... if it's dirty, make tracks QUICKLY. Like the other moms said, ask around ... if someone has had a bad experience, they will not hesitate to tell you.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 4:58 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • Look at portfolios! Don't go for the cheapest tattoo, You pay for quality and its going to be on your body for the rest of your life so don't get a tattoo from someone because they are cheaper.

    Answer by onemellowmom at 2:11 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • Find others whose work you admire and get a referral from them.

    Answer by tasches at 10:12 PM on May. 30, 2011

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