I always wonder why, when people walk into a tattoo shop, the first thing they go to is all the flash on the walls or in the books, instead of the artist’s personal portfolio. You may not find what you’re looking for in a tattoo in the portfolio, but it will definitely help you decide if you might want to be trying to find the exit door! And don’t be swayed by pretty pictures. Really look at the designs up close. Scrutinize the line work. Are the lines straight and smooth? Do the circles look like circles? What about the coloring? Are the colors blended well to create even forms of shading, dimension, and depth? All these are things to consider.
A sidepoint to keep in mind, though: remember that photos can be stolen from other artists. If you have the time to spend, stay and watch the artist you are considering. Don’t be shy to ask questions! Trust your instincts, and always remember……If in doubt, don’t!
- Why Many Tattoo Artists Refuse to Tattoo Hands, Feet ,and Faces
- Do Tattoo Artists Receive Any Kind of Certification of Training?
- Choosing The Right Tattoo Artist
- Which Hurts More – Outlining or Shading?
- Featured Artists – Personal Bios and Picture Galleries
- Why Tattoo Artists Must Use Wear Protective Gloves
- Why Your Tattoo Artist Should be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis
- Tattoo Equipment That Cannot Be Reused
- Frequently Asked Questions About Getting a Tattoo
- Tattoo 101 – Planning, Getting and Caring for a Tattoo