What Questions Should I Ask My Tattoo Artist?

Every time you pass a tattoo parlor, you think about getting inked. However, you are afraid of what the process will entail and what will happen if you end up not liking the artwork. You may also wonder if the process is really safe and how you will know if a parlor is clean and compliant with the law. 

Before you make your appointment, it is in your best interest to ask your tattoo artist a few important questions.

How Long have you been a Licensed Tattoo Artist?

Tattoo artists in the state of Florida have been required to have a license since 2013. As it is a relatively new law, the number of years an artist has worked may greatly exceed the number of years they have been licensed. Be sure to ask how long they have worked for the particular parlor in which they currently practice their craft. Don’t be afraid to ask about the parlor’s method of disposing of needles. The sharps that tattoo artist use must be thrown away in a special container that is sturdy and unpenetrable.

What are the Risks of Infection?

Your tattoo artist should be able to tell you what your chances of infection are from anything that might happen while you are getting your tattoo. They should also be able to tell you what kinds of mistakes can cause an infection in the first place. It is possible to get an infection after a tattoo if you do not follow the aftercare instructions, so it is important that the artist goes over the aftercare regime with you thoroughly.

What is the Price of the Tattoo?

The price of tattoos can vary greatly depending on the size and design of the piece. Be sure to get a price estimate in writing and ask for a guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the artist’s work.

What are the Ingredients in the Ink You Use?

Currently, the FDA does not regulate tattoo ink. Hence, it is a good idea to ask where the parlor buys it and of what ingredients the ink is comprised. The ink may have something in it to which you are allergic. Ask the artist if they can do a patch test on a small area of your skin to make sure you do not break out in a rash. 

May I see Your Portfolio?

An experienced tattoo artist will have a large portfolio filled with their previous work. You will be able to see designs they have drawn on paper as well as photographs of tattoos on people. A portfolio normally has the artist’s designs cataloged by style. Popular styles include Japanese, traditional and tribal.

Tattoos are almost always a reflection of a person’s beliefs, the things that they love and places they have been. There is nothing worse than being dissatisfied with something that is going to be on your body forever and is supposed to represent your experiences. A good tattoo artist, like the ones at Salvation Tattoo Lounge, won’t mind answering your questions. The artist will want to make sure you’re comfortable and educate you about their process before putting their designs on you.

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