Where Can I Get My Tattoo?

If you've chosen a tattoo design, your next step is to find out where to get it completed. There may be a number of options available to you locally, in the form of tattoo studios.
If you're asking yourself the question, "where can I get my tattoo?", then it's likely that you are embarking on your first one. Most tattoo collectors with more than a couple of designs have been through the research phase and found favoured tattoo artists that they frequent.
Firstly, here is where you SHOULD NOT get your tattoo.
1. From a friend.
If a mate tells you that they are a good tattoo artist and will gladly complete your ink for a low-cost, or even free of charge, you should be thinking of running for the hills (unless you are indeed good friends with an experienced tattoo artist!).
Getting a tattoo this way is likely to end in tears. If they aren't at all experienced they will botch your ink and more than likely end your friendship for life. If they are thinking about doing it in the house there are also hygienic issues to consider. They are also probably committing all sorts of problems for themselves by not being licensed to work in their dwelling, and not paying tax. The Environmental Health Department would have a field day with them as well.
Don't consider it. Be polite and tell them that you are looking at other options.
2. Tattoo it yourself.
Look, anyone can try this. You can go online and buy all the equipment you need and play with it in the comfort of your own home. You don't need a licence to buy this stuff.
But are you mad? Do you really know what you are doing? No, I didn't think so. This is a bad, bad idea. Going to an experienced artist is likely to be cheaper in the long run anyway after all the mistakes you will make.
Where can I get my tattoo?
Simple. Start researching the local tattoo artists in your area. You can get all the information online and most will have their own websites with galleries to view and information to read.
Visit their studios and meet them in person. Ask lots of questions about their experience, the styles they prefer to work on, hygienic measures, after care etc.
Artists like to talk about how long they have been in the business and what designs they prefer. If you have chosen a particular style for your design, it might well be that some artists are more renowned for this style than others. Pick the best that you can and don't scrimp on the cost.

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