A price is determined by how much time will be involved in the design and layout of your tattoo. (The more involved/detailed, the more time it will consume, therefore the more money it will cost you). Never let that be the deciding factor!
At the Inkspot we generally will give you a fixed price for an average sized tattoo that can be done in one sitting. We charge an hourly rate for larger and custom pieces.
This is somewhat true. That is why it is important for you to choose a reputable and qualified artist ensuring that proper technique has been used in the application of your tattoo. Following proper after-care and maintenance procedures are also crucial in ensuring the longevity of your tattoo.
The main cause of a properly applied tattoo fading would be the sun. The better you take care of it, the longer it will stay bright, vibrant and crisp looking. If you are a sun worshipper…pull out that sun block. All tattoos will however fade somwhat after time no matter who did it or how good the ink used is.
A physical inspection of the facility and a review of artist portfolios. It should contain clean detailed pictures of their work and show their ability to perform to your satisfaction. Take into account, national recognitions (awards, citations, organization memberships, etc…) The portfolio should however be your main focus. Some artists are extremely good and never leave the shop nor are they part of any organizations etc…
Skin doesn’t hold detail like paper. It’s a living, breathing, expanding and contracting medium. If you get a tattoo that has been done too tight, the detail may bleed together over the years. Your tattoo should be designed large enough and open enough to last for many years without loss of quality. Choose your artist wisely and they will be able to advise you if something is too small.
Never soak your tattoo in water and never take advise from friends and family. They could be right but also could be very wrong.
You should ONLY follow the care instructions given to you by the artist that did your tattoo. They will be what your artist feels is the best way for you to heal your tattoo. Remember, they do this daily for a living. Your friends don’t.
Heavy callous areas such as around heels, elbows and fingers are not well suited for tattooing. These areas tend to wear fairly quickly and the result is a smudgy-looking blur. Toes and knees are also bad areas to get a tattoo. Remember, tattoos last your entire life, you should place them where they will always look good.
In a professional tattoo studio that maintains a strict method of sanitation, the chances of contracting a disease from a tattoo are incredibly low.
Always make sure the needles and pigments are single service use and properly disposed of after the tattoo. All other instruments need to be autoclave sterilized. Make sure the artist follows these procedures and works in a sanitary environment.
Getting a tattoo by an amateur in their home can be very dangerous, especially if they have no knowledge of sterilization or safe operating procedures. Infectious bacteria and other bloodborne pathogens can be prevalent in a dirty work environment.
The money spent at a professional tattoo studio is well worth the assurance that the only thing you get is a tattoo.
When properly done, it’s no worse than getting a shot or giving blood. Choose your piercer wisely. Getting pierced by an untrained piercer can be very painful.
If the piercing was done by a professional in a proper setting, you then should reflect on what you may have done to it. It is a wound and infections can come from something as simple as you touching it after touching a dirty door handle, a chair or bus railing without washing your hands.
Handling, using improper products, abuse, constantly playing with it or doing what your friend tells you to do instead of following
the care instructions that were provided by the piercer are all possible culprits.
NO! Never let price be the deciding factor in where you get your piercing done. Keep in mind that price is based on a few factors. Someone who may be cheaper on price, may also be cheaper on experience and knowledge.
Different shops may also use different materials and types of jewelry. This can also account for cost. If you are looking for the cheapest above all else then you will probably get what you paid for.