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A few things your tattoo artist wants you to know

on August 30, 2016

USEFUL TIPS ABOUT GETTING A TATTOO

BE PREPARED TO SPEND SOME MONEY.

Larger tattoos (at least quality ones) aren’t cheap. Much like eating out, if you can’t really afford it then you should not do it.

It’ll cost you a bit, depending on the design, and there are shop minimums that some people are surprised by because, for some unexplainable reason, they wanted to spend R50 for multiple hours worth of extremely careful work. If you want a large piece it’ll likely be charged by the hour, which can make it somewhat difficult for the artist to give a super accurate estimate. It’s also alarming when a potential customer says things like, “my friend can do it for R100” because then it’s a safe bet that they do not intend to pay your rates, and most definitely they will not tip.

TATTOO SHOPS AREN’T FLEA MARKETS AND PRICES ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE.

To those wondering if they can negotiate a tattoo shop’s prices, that’s the equivalent of going into a store and giving the cashier a pitch as to why they should give you your groceries for 40% less. As the last point said — if your bank account can’t, don’t.

AT LEAST HAVE SOME IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT.

“Do you have any ideas for what I should get?” Isn’t this your job? Artists do not know you on a personal level at all. If you have even a wide idea of what you want it can be further discussed, brainstormed and drawn out — but requesting concepts out of thin air is a little absurd.

YOU CAN BRING A FRIEND, IT’S COOL, JUST DON’T BRING YOUR WHOLE RUGBY TEAM AND THEIR GIRLFRIENDS.

Getting a tattoo is one of those things that many people feel intimidated to do alone, so bringing someone with you is normal.

However, it becomes an issue when people legitimately bring a whole entourage, especially when it’s a loud group of people who cannot stop horsing around and touching things the entire time.

NO, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET AN ENTIRE SLEEVE DONE IN AN HOUR.

This happens so many times. People walk into tattoo shops without making an appointment and expect to be able, not only to get a large tattoo, but to have it completed now! Larger works typically require multiple sessions that are scheduled out over time and could take anything from 6 hours to 50 hours. Be patient. Great art doesn’t just happen.

YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO TRY AND CONTROL ANY FIDGETY, JERKY MOVEMENTS.

If your pain tolerance won’t allow you to remain still throughout the process, tell your artist. They will understand and make a plan to have it done in more than one session or help you be more comfortable.

You’re putting the aesthetics of your permanent body art at risk with too many jerky movements, so at the end of the day, if the tattoo is not what you expected it to be, it is always the artists’ fault.

REMEMBER TO EAT A MEAL IN ADVANCE AND ALSO, TAKE A BATH.

If you eat, you won’t get lightheaded and/or faint. The bath is essential because you’d be surprised how many grown adults disregard hygiene despite knowing that they’ll be in close quarters, and perhaps even have parts of their funky body exposed.

‘WE’RE NOT AS SCARY AS WE LOOK.’

This is for all of those people who might be intimidated to go into a tattoo studio. Not all tattoo artists are jerks, and most are just normal people. Go in and say hi! It’s not that bad.

SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER GETTING A SIGNIFICANT OTHER’S NAME PERMANENTLY INKED ON YOUR BODY.

… and if you still want it, reconsider until you’ve talked yourself out of it. No judging, but so many artists have covered up names. Just think about it again…

DON’T OVERESTIMATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE YOU WATCH A TATTOO REALITY SHOW.

Those shows are entertaining and whatnot, sure, but don’t let them convince you you’re some type of expert who can condescendingly talk down to an artist. That artist has worked hard to get to where he/she is. They do know better.

Images credit: Day in the life of a tattoo studio (Facebook)

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