Inked Art: 5 Fast Tips for Choosing a Tattoo Parlor

Getting your first tattoo can be a life-changing experience, and you want to be absolutely sure that you choose the best parlor around. No matter how much time you spend planning and designing your tattoo, you might end up regretting your decision if something goes wrong at the shop. Here are a few tips that you can use to find a world-class tattoo parlor with amazing artists.

Ask for Referrals

One of the easiest and most effective ways to narrow down your choices is to ask some of your friends who have tattoos for referrals. Most people will be very open about the pros and cons of the parlors that they have been to. Before asking those individuals, you should take a closer look at their tattoos to make sure that you are okay with their quality and style.

Look for Clean Parlors

As you are narrowing down your choices, you must skip over any parlors that don’t look or feel clean. An infected tattoo can result in a wide variety of serious health issues including damaged tissue, permanent lesions, blood poisoning, arthritis, and toxic shock syndrome. Everything from the chairs and tables to the windows and floors should be completely spotless at all times.

Flip Through the Portfolios

Most parlors employ at least a handful of employees, and many of those artists only do certain types of tattoos. At the front of the shop, there should one or two portfolios for each of the artists who work there. You might want to spend some extra time looking for an artist who has quite a bit of experience doing tattoos in the style that you prefer.

Check on Licensing and Insurance

All tattoo parlors throughout the country must be fully licensed and insured by companies like Marine Agency before opening their doors. In some states, they are required by law to post those documents in a visible location. If the parlor can’t provide you with proof of insurance or a copy of their license, then you need to go somewhere else.

Ask About Guarantees and Touch-Ups

Even if you closely follow all of the aftercare instructions, your tattoo can still become faded and blurry. Many tattoo parlors now offer lifetime guarantees and touch-ups as a way to entice customers. Before handing over your deposit, you should ask them if they guarantee their work or offer touch-ups for a certain period of time.

Deciding to get a tattoo should never be taken lightly, and you need to take a step back if you have any second thoughts about the design, parlor, or artist. Most good tattoo parlors will hold onto your deposit until you are fully satisfied with the design and ready to get inked.

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