There are a lot of tattoo shops all over the world, so it would be easy to find one, however it is not that easy to find a reliable tattoo shop. It is very vital that you find a reliable and the best tattoo shop, because you cannot remove the tattoo anymore since it is permanent. There are certain guidelines that can help you find the best tattoo shop.
Below are guidelines in choosing a tattoo shop:
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A. You should ask for recommendations from people that you know
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Ask your family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers that have tattoos if they can recommend a tattoo shop. These people will tell you if their experience was good or bad.
Most people would love to talk about their tattoos. There are even some people that start a conversation about their tattoos even if they do not know the person. People that are very satisfied and happy with their tattoos will recommend the tattoo artist and shop that did their tattoo. People only provide referrals if the tattoo shop is really reliable.
B. Go to tattoo shops and inquire
Another thing that you can do is to physically visit the tattoo shop, and ask about their services. It is important that you ask all the necessary questions. You should ask and check the portfolio of the tattoo artist. You should ask the tattoo shop what are their sterilization technique. If the tattoo shop is really reliable then they will be happy to tell you the sterilization technique that they use, if they only use new needles and if they are strictly following the public health rules. Choose another tattoo shop, if they cannot answer all your queries. You will know that the tattoo shop is reliable, if they have been running their business for years.
Tattoo artists should be licensed by the health department and they should follow strict rules for invasive body decorations. Reputable tattoo shops are licensed and really follow and abide the health rules. It is important that tattoo artist will sterilize their equipment using an autoclave after they use it. The tattoo artist should only use the needle once. If the tattoo shop is reusing their needle then you should choose another shop.
C. You should check the portfolio of the tattoo artist
Experienced and reliable tattoo artist would love to show their work. The portfolio of the tattoo artist is your basis on the skill level of the tattoo artist. This is where you can check the artistic style of the tattoo artist. Tattoo artist leave their portfolios in the lobby of their tattoo shop, so that their customers can see it. This is where you can see their previous work.