standard What your Tattoo Artist Wishes You Knew

Everyone has things that annoy them, and artists are only human. There’s a lot of reasons why tattoo shops are intimidating and a lot of it has to do with an unwritten “etiquette” that exists. For those new to getting tattooed you might not know about this and it could p$$$$ your artist off before you even get started. Here’s a few do’s and don’ts:

Be Specific
Artists aren’t psychic and without reference or a clear explanation of your idea they can’t just guess what you want. Bring plenty of reference with you in your phone or printed to show them exactly what you’re thinking or as close to it as possible.

They may be Busy
Even if you have an appointment good art takes time. Sometimes they can run over, but rather than being mad and trying to rush them be patient, after all, you don’t want them to rush your tattoo do you?

Stop asking “How much is a Sleeve”
Most artists have an hourly rate, big work is done by how long it takes not by the whole piece. Bring as much reference as possible, describe your idea in detail, and explain if you have a budget you want to work with. There is no bulk discount just because you’re getting a bigger piece. It will also take weeks or months to finish the whole thing if it’s a whole sleeve.

Time is Money
Your artists will only redraw your design so many times for free before they expect to be paid. Deposits usually cover the “cost” of drawings but not forever. If you’re redrawing for the third or fourth time you may need to give them better reference or decide if their style of art is simply not what you’re looking for and find someone else.



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