“There has been a lot of articles about this matter but it seems that people are either too ignorant or too arrogant to take this serious.”
In this article we want to give you a
few pointers and shed a little light
on some issues, just to make the
whole tattoo experience a more
pleasant one, not only for the client
but also for the artist. Remember
you are going to spend at least an
hour or more in the presence of the
artist working on you depending
on the size and detail of the tattoo,
you want it to be a pleasant and
memorable experience as you
will carry that art on you for the
rest off your life and that tattoo
will be a constant reminder of the
experience you had.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Why is this considered ethical?
Well, when you first visit a tattoo shop you can very quickly find yourself in an awkward position if you don’t know what you want and who you want it from. Do your homework on the artist and their different styles. They each have their own, so make sure it’s the style you want on your body for the rest of your life.
DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS
Now I know it might enrage some parents, but hear me out. I am not talking about your teenage kid that keeps themselves busy as long as they have wi-fi. I am talking about the toddler that runs around touching and bumping everyone.
Remember a tattoo shop is a place of hygiene and your artist needs to focus on the job at hand. They can not afford to lose focus because your little precious sunshine is running around starting and ending WW3 in a matter of minutes. So please get a babysitter while you are getting inked.
Let’s say you have done your research and booked your tattoo, and you are now going to get that tattoo that you’ve been dying to have. Make sure the artist is hygiene conscious. Normally you would be able to see it when you first visit the shop but sometimes only notice the nonhygienic patterns before getting the tattoo. Make sure the artist is wearing gloves. Always. Make sure the workstation, soap bottle, and everything else that might be in contact with you and the artist while tattooing is covered, and free from the risk of cross-contamination. Make sure needles that are used are opened in front of you.
You do not want second-hand needles.
You have now gotten your tattoo and you are happy. Now comes the most important part of all, the aftercare.
It should be easy but still, somehow, clients get it wrong.
A. Wash it mornings and evenings with clean water and antibacterial soap. Rinse with clean water.
B. Use aftercare that was specifically designed for tattoos. Apply only a thin layer
over your tattoo.
C. Keep it clean. No swimming. No picking scabs of dead skin.
The artist will take your idea, convert and shape it into a piece of art, let them do it, that way they can put their heart and soul into that tattoo and by doing so give you
something to be proud of.