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The Tattooing Process: 6 Top Tips for Beginners

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

As a beginner, a good tattoo artist will always seek guidance and standard before investing time and money into a client. A good tattoo artist will also require the same commitment and dedication from their clients as they would from you. Getting tattooed might be uncomfortable, especially for a beginner. It's always better to be honest with your wants and needs so that we can achieve your goals. The world is constantly changing its mind on what it likes and the next hot in the streets thing.

As a tattoo artist, do not take offense to any criticism you may come across in this field. Instead, try to separate the negativity from the actual critique and use the advice to your advantage, Because getting tattoos might hurt at the time, but you will most likely keep getting more. It happens more often than you think; find solace in your options with endless design presentations, and figure out how you want your tattoos to look moving forward next time.

Tip #1 - Choosing the Right Tattoo Studio/Tattoo Artist

Once you have decided what you want to get tattooed, it's time to choose a tattooer you would like to work with, and While we may be able to point you in the right direction, the decision should ultimately be yours. To help you decide, we have artist portfolios both in the shop and online. Look for someone whose style you like and move on to the next step.

Tip #2 - Setting Up a Consultation

Now that you've chosen your tattoo artist, it's time to set up a consultation. You can call, email, or stop by the shop. A consultation is a time to talk to an artist about what you want to get tattooed. Bring any references you have with you to the consultation. You can also talk about details, placement, and pricing.

Note: Small, simple tattoos can cost between $100 and $200, but the price can sometimes go up to $400. Large, colored, more elaborate tattoos cost up to several thousand dollars. Regardless of the tattoo cost, you control how much you want to invest into your permanent body adornment.

Tip #3 - Booking an Appointment

After the consultation, you will need a deposit to book the appointment for your tattoo. We take a $100 cash deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. They go towards any research and drawing your tattoo artist does in preparation for your tattoo. Generally, once you've discussed the tattoo design, size, color, and placement, the tattooist will provide you with the total cost of the whole process.

Tip #4 - Getting a Price Quote

As we mentioned earlier, a consultation is the best way to estimate prices. Many different factors go into pricing a tattoo. For example, the tattooist needs to consider size, detail, placement, and if you want color or black and grey. That is why we do not give price quotes over the phone or through email. Even if you think your tattoo is straightforward and could describe it over the phone, you will still need to come by for an estimate. The tattooist needs to see what you want and where you want to put it to determine how much it will cost.

Tip #5 - Rescheduling

If you should need to reschedule your appointment, you will need to give at least 48 hours notice to move your deposit to another date. We can only reschedule your appointment once. After that, you will need a new $100 deposit. It may seem harsh, but getting a tattoo is a time-consuming process (especially for a giant tattoo). We want to ensure you are dedicated before we spend time researching and drawing for your tattoo.

Tip #6 - Will it Hurt?

Yes, the pain will always be a factor when you get tattooed. Some spots on the body are more sensitive than others. If this is your first tattoo, you have nothing to compare. The first few seconds are the worst since you're getting used to this new sensation. The most important thing is to relax. After a short while, you will get accustomed to the feeling (and the slight discomfort or pain).

We hope our guide through the process of tattooing was helpful and informative. For more information on tattooing, check out other articles, and of course, talk to your tattoo artist. We will help you get prepared to get in the chair!


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