(Last Updated On: October 23, 2018)

Once you have made the decision to get a tattoo you will need to find a qualified tattoo studio. This is a very important decision, as it can easily make or break your tattoo.

Before you decide on a tattoo artist or tattoo studio, you must first see if they are qualified. There are so many tattoo shops out there, some better than others. If you go to a less than perfect tattoo shop, you could very well end up with a bad infection that can cause you more trouble than you ever thought possible. Finding out how long a shop has been in business is very important as this will tell you how much business the shop receives.

How to choose a Tattoo Studio for your next ink

Clean & Hygenic

When you look for the best tattoo studio you should always watch for those who have the best history with keeping their equipment clean. To know that, you can ask to see the approval of the health department. That means that they are approved with their cleaning and sterilization routines. Clean equipment and a clean studio is without a doubt the most important consideration when dealing with tattoos. If the artist isn’t licensed in any way or not a professional there will be little to no guarantee that the equipment is clean. Health is a big concern with tattoos for most people, and for good reason. If you are looking to get a tattoo you should always make sure that the artists are professional, the parlor is clean and the equipment is sanitized and cleaned after each and every tattoo.

How to choose a Tattoo Studio for your next ink
Photo by Andrè Ingvoldstad – attitude.no

Warm & Welcoming

The best tattoo parlors will welcome you in with open arms, anticipating your business. When you meet the tattoo artist, he should be friendly and not intimidate you at all, nor should he at any time attempt to push a design on you. Under no circumstances should the artist try and talk you into getting a more expensive tattoo design if all you want is something small and simple.

Pushy sales and unfriendly salesmen are common pitfalls with most businesses. Tattoo studios should always be friendly and open to what you want. Although the more experienced tattoo artists will offer their opinions, they shouldnít try to push you around. If a tattoo artist thinks there will be a problem with your design or if he thinks he can do anything to improve it, he will more than likely let you know. If he is able to save you some money, the higher quality tattoo artists won’t think twice about doing so.

How to choose a Tattoo Studio for your next ink
picture of me – Photo by Andrè Ingvoldstad – attitude.no

Quality & Quantity

Before you decide on a tattoo shop and an artist to do your tattoo, you should always compare what’s available to you and weigh out your options. The higher quality tattoo shops will cost quite a bit of money, more than the other shops. This is to be expected, as the higher quality studios cost more to pay their artists, pay their staff and keep their studio nice and clean. These parlors are usually among the best in the world, with sparkling floors and a clean interior. The tattoo artists here should ensure that their rooms are clean, with most wiping down their equipment and materials every chance they get.

If the tattoo artist is an amateur, it is likely that he will produce a blurred tattoo due to uneven spread of ink. It takes experience and time before a tattoo artist can truly drive ink into the dermis layer of the skin.

How to choose a Tattoo Studio for your next ink
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Don’t rush it

The ideal way to find tattoo shops in your area or close by is to use the Internet. If you look for the keyword tattoo, you’ll probably find several that are relatively close to you. Firstly, of course, check out their website, Facebook and Instagram. From that, you should be able to cross some out from your list, because they don’t have a website, or haven’t posted a photo on Instagram in several days or even weeks. Once you have some favorites and found their addresses, simply drive out there and take a look around. If you like what you see, you can always come back. You shouldn’t rush your decision but instead look at what each tattoo studio has to offer you.

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How to choose a Tattoo Studio for your next ink
Photo by Andrè Ingvoldstad – attitude.no

Good luck finding your Tattoo Studio! Do you still have no clue on which studio to pick? If in Oslo, you should, of course, check out the studio where I work, Attitude Tattoo Studio. Go and follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

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