Fresh Ink: 8 Tips for Choosing the Right Tattoo Artist
July 17 is National Tattoo Day, and it’s never been a better time to get some fresh ink! According to a recent Harris Poll, almost 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo. In fact, almost 70% of tattooed Americans have more than two tattoos, indicating that tattoos are steadily gaining mainstream acceptance. Here are our top eight tips to making sure when you go under the needle, you’ll have a great experience.
Word-of-mouth isn’t just great advertising, it’s terrific research! Chances are, you know someone with breathtaking tattoos. Ask them who does their ink! Likewise, people are also quick to share their bad experiences, giving you valuable information on places to avoid.
The Vagaro Marketplace is a great place to start the search, browse verified customer reviews, and book a consultation. Then, follow up on Instagram, Pinterest, and studio websites. Go online to browse digital portfolios and customer reviews to help you narrow your options.
Because tattooing breaks the skin, shop sanitation is a crucial consideration. Improper tattoo hygiene or cleanliness puts you at risk for scarring, Staph infection, MRSA, or blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B and C, HIV, tetanus, and tuberculosis. Here’s what to look for in a clean shop:
- Hygienic equipment: tattoo beds, sterilized needles, sterilization machine (autoclave), protective barriers (plastic wrap, medical tape), and sanitary gloves (latex and/or vinyl)
- Needles and pigment containers should be new and removed from sanitary packaging for each client
- Artists should always wear protective gloves, disposing of used gloves between clients
- All countertops, tables, and chairs should be sterilized and disinfected
Everyone has their own tips and tricks for healing, but your artist is the only one who’s a licensed and certified professional! Follow their aftercare instructions and avoid the most common mistakes people make during the healing process. If you think something isn’t right, reach out to your artist immediately to find out the next steps to take to keep yourself healthy and protect your new art.
Show us your tattoo inspiration! Tag us on Twitter or Instagram and tell us about your experience getting ink, the stories behind your art, and don’t forget to tag your artists, too!
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