If you are the type of person who likes to push the boundaries of what society tells you is okay, then you probably had the idea of getting a tattoo. However, if you are the type of person who is not satisfied with going to a tattoo parlor and choosing a wall design, then you might be interested in custom ink.
It’s best to note that tattoo artists, as a whole, can be considered suppliers of custom ink, with the experience and ability to do just about anything you want on your skin. However, for many in the tattoo community (both artists and clients), the notion of making custom ink means that there are more artists showing their talents in unique designs. The artist is not satisfied with taking popular flash illustrations and simply copying them. The custom ink artist prides himself on taking a notion and putting his own spin on it, giving the client a tattoo that is unique.
So if you’re looking for that perfect first piece or looking to add something magical to your tattoo collection, here are some tips for finding the best custom ink artist in your area:
Ask others about their ink – Word of mouth is great for tattoo artists. If you do a good job, your name will go around. Also, if you are looking for the best, don’t be afraid to ask people about their tattoos. They are generally more than happy to share.
Online research is vital – Check online reviews as well as ratings through the Better Business Bureau (if applicable). With something as permanent as a tattoo, people are not afraid to let you know how they feel.
Don’t be afraid to inspect studies and ask questions – Go out onto the sidewalk and into some stores. Review the portfolios, ask questions of the staff and the artists present. Also, look around and see if the store is interested in proper cleaning and safety protocol.
Waiting for tattoo shows – Great shows showcase some of the best talent in the area. The lines can be long, but you get a great understanding of the quality of the art produced.
Take your time – Although it is a worn chorus, you should always remember that a tattoo is forever. Take your time choosing the right artist for your tattoo. Some people wait years before getting their first ink because not only do they want to look great, they want it to be for all the right reasons. There is no need to rush the process.
Custom ink may no longer be a matter of semantics for most people, but for tattoo artists who see their work as a continuation of the history and culture of body art, being considered a next-level artist is important. It is also worth it for the potential client making a decision about their first or last tattoo.