Tips For A Great Tattoo Consultation
Tattoos are essentially permanent, so before you get one put on your skin, you really want to do your research and plan accordingly. One of the first steps in that planning process is to find a tattoo shop you like and schedule a consultation with your chosen artist. During the consultation, you and the artist will discuss ideas for your artwork. You can also discuss the tattoo process and pricing with the artist. If the consultation goes well, the tattoo process will generally go well, too. So, here are some tips for a great tattoo consultation.
Bring photos of tattoos you like.
The goal here is not to bring an image of the exact tattoo you want. But if you can bring some images of tattoos you like, going through them with your artist will help give them a better sense of the style you like and what you're looking for in a tattoo. Point out to the stylist what you like about each tattoo. For example, you might note that you like the color scheme in one tattoo, and the abstract ideas conveyed by another. The process of going through these examples will give your artist a better starting point when they start drawing.
If you don't like something, say so.
Sometimes, prospective clients are so afraid of hurting artists' feelings that they don't speak up when they do not like something about a tattoo. But tattoo artists really do want to create art that you love. They want your feedback, even if it is negative so that they can better do that. If you don't like the color they used, or you think a certain line could be fatter, say something. It's a lot easier to make revisions to the drawn version of the tattoo than to a tattoo that's already on your skin.
Ask for a quote.
If your artist does not give you a quote at this appointment, ask for one. Although not all artists will give you a specific quote, many will. They may give you a range of prices if they are not 100% sure how long a tattoo will take. But it's better to know, for example, that your tattoo will cost between $300 and $500 than to have no idea about the price at all.
With the tips above, you can have a better and more productive tattoo consultation.
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