If you’re wondering what to consider before booking your first tattoo session, here’s a few things you can start with to get you going in the right direction. A good place to start is finding your budget.
One of the first questions that comes to mind; What does it cost? There’s various ways of pricing a tattoo. The best way to plan your budget is to contact local artists and tattoo parlours, preferably reputable ones you have done your research on. Ask about pricing and how cost is determined. Per day, per hour, per design? What is the deposit fee? One artist may charge more than another. This is usually based on experience and quality, and sometimes speed. Gathering quotes will give you an idea of how much you will need to aim for. This is where you can find a balance. Weighing out cost versus quality, and deciding which is more important to you.
Just as important as budgeting, is preparation. Research your ideas and similar tattoos. Look at different styles. Consider placement, size, your pain tolerance and visibility.
Not everything has to have meaning or a story, but will you still love your tattoo some years from now? How long have you had the idea? What do your friends or family think about it? Just a few questions to ask yourself in case you’re on the fence. Being sure will prevent regrets later on. Tattoos hurt, but laser removal hurts more.
A great way to be sure is to write your ideas down. Let some time go by before booking a tattoo appointment. See how you feel about your ideas after a few weeks or months. You may be surprised to find that you have an idea you like more, or that you now know for sure that it’s a tattoo you really want. Now it's time to find an artist.
Choosing the right tattoo artist is key. They will be responsible for creating your vision, and their style of tattooing should match what you visualize for your design. Sometimes the artist you were recommended, may not be the artist best suited for the job. Be open to exploring portfolios and finding an artist that will enjoy the project you bring to them. Larger proposals like full back pieces and leg sleeves can take days, weeks or even months to complete. If you're planning long term projects, it’s definitely something to consider.
Tattoo artists generally stick to their preferred clients when it's a good fit. Likewise, finding the right artist will make the experience for a client more enjoyable. Overall, the name of the game is patience and planning. Always do your due diligence and always consult your doctor to ensure you're in suitable health. All it takes is a little preparation to avoid a permanent mistake.