Getting a tattoo is exciting. It is an opportunity to show off your personality, style, and what makes you – you. Working with your tattoo artist is important for creating a tattoo that you will love both now and forever. As a tattoo artist, we are part artist and part therapist. Working together in a close and intimate setting, we get to know our clients and what makes them tick. Here is an artist’s interpretation of how you can work with your tattoo artist to create your next tattoo.

Synergy

When you’re getting a tattoo select an artist that you like and can have synergy with. When you work together on the design, and are both inspired, a spectacular tattoo emerges.

Open to Suggestions

As an artist, we are experts at knowing how a design will appear on skin. Things like size, scale, and color impact how something will look when the tattoo is complete. When people listen to their artist’s suggestions on color, placing, and size, the finished tattoo will look much better. Remember, a tattoo artist does this every day. Since it is your tattoo be open about what you are comfortable with and tell your tattoo artist if the place you have in mind is absolutely where it needs to go. There may be simple design changes that make the design work with that part of your body.

Know Who You Are

A tattoo lasts a lifetime and will remain a reflection of who you are. People have to feel comfortable expressing the depth of their personality, inner thoughts, character, and convictions when selecting a lifelong representation of themselves. People that are strong in their convictions find this easier to do because they know what they are all about.
Tattoos can also represent the journey. You don’t need to have it all figured out or be the finished product of who you hope to become. Instead, be proud of who you are at the moment, your journey, and the road that you’re on. A tattoo can represent any of these things and years later, will help you to tell your story.

If you aren’t sure what design would represent you, ask your artist for ideas. You may be surprised what they come up with.

Tattoos are an Art Form

Tattooing techniques have advanced to such a degree that virtually nothing is impossible. Gone are the days of picking a symbol off of the wall. Tattoos are truly an art form that allow the individual and the artist to express themselves. As such, most artists would prefer to create something original that is unique to each individual that walks through the door. Copying another person’s design is like sketching a masterpiece, knowing it is only a reflection of the original, without the turns and twists that would have made it your own.

Tattoos are also subject to copyright so while pictures can be great for ideas it is important to tell your artist which areas of the design you would be willing to change so it can become unique to you.

Practice Good Skin Care

We recommend prepping your skin before you get a tattoo. For example, you cannot get a tattoo on top of a sunburn, breakouts or severely dry skin. Soft, moisturized skin will help your tattoo turn out more beautifully. People that take care of their skin will have better, more spectacular tattoos overtime. Poor skin care routines can lead to tattoos fading faster or appearing dull. People should stay hydrated, avoid sun exposure, and eat right in order to have the healthiest skin possible. Tell your tattoo artist about your skin care routine and they can recommend how to take care of your new tattoo when it’s done.

Higher Pain Tolerance

Tattoo artists will work with anyone, regardless of whether or not they can take the pain. The thing to remember is that your pain tolerance influences the size and scale of a tattoo that you should get. For example, if an artist is doing a full sleeve there is a level of continuity that needs to take place to get the perfect design. Being able to work on it for a full session is important for getting the best quality of work. When people cannot take pain it shortens the session, causing starts and stops, which will reflect in the final tattoo. If you can’t take the pain very well, it is wise to start with a smaller tattoo and see how it goes. Work out a plan with your artist so they can incorporate the smaller tattoo into a larger one if you are able to handle the pain.

Everyone is Welcomed

A good tattoo artist will work with clients to help them become comfortable with the process, including getting to understand them in order to create the perfect design. Make sure to visit a shop that is passionate about the art they are creating. Our artists promote synergy and take the time to get to know each client in order to design a tattoo they can be proud of for the rest of their life.