Basic Guidelines for Getting a Tattoo!!!
Choose what you like! You have to live with your tattoo for the rest of your life. Discuss size & color with your artist to achieve the look you want. Sometimes it is better to leave artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of your chosen artist.
Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It is there forever. If your concerns are for the sensation and level of discomfort involved, your artist should be happy to discuss these aspects with you.
This subject is probably the most personal of all aspects of receiving a tattoo. If you're considering a tattoo, find the artist that fulfills your needs art-wise as well as in professionalism, price and last but not least, personality. All should make you feel comfortable.
Absolutely don't shop around for "the best price". This is a trade in which you should see examples of the artist's work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade to be bartered with, you pay an hourly rate for time & expertise!
With the advent of many communicable diseases, some
fatal, it has become necessary to institute certain isolation and
sterilization procedures in the tattoo process to assure the public of
a safe, risk-free tattoo. The following advice has been prepared by
professional tattooists working with local, state and national health
"APT" or the Alliance of Professional Tattooist is a non profit educational organization that promotes health and safety in the tattoo business. Our interest (and yours!) is to keep ahead of changes occurring in our business field so we can continue to create works of ART, albeit in a safe manner! It’s that simple.
Officially incorporated June 29, 1992, the Alliance began
accepting membership applications. Many had already sent funds to activate APT and set the ship in motion...here we are years later, with a
successful education program. Over 1400 artists have participated with
more to come in the near future! We offer an insurance program as a
benefit, previously unheard of in the tattoo business. "What? Insure a
tattoo studio? CLICK!" We heard many "clicks" until Ray Pearson of the
O.S. Bruner Agency and APT found each other. We signed a risk purchasing
agreement in 1993 and have been able to insure many studios at a reduced
rate. People from all walks of life have inquired about the Alliance. We
log an average of fifteen to twenty calls per day! Most are from
tattooists and fans, but we receive calls from health departments who have
heard about our program of continuing education and how this benefits both
the tattooist and the community. We also receive calls from legislators (Senators and Congressmen / women, and Representatives)
who are interested in what APT is doing. We have provided many
artists with the tools necessary to deal effectively with health
department officials, legislators, zoning department officials and public
hearings on issues that affect their business practices. Through our
seminars we can help artists with difficult times. Our widely known and
regarded "Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing" has helped
many artists understand why infection control and the implementation of
set, professional standards is preferable to being in the dark about
Professional (P): an artist with 3 or more years
experience tattooing in a fixed location, as full time career. References