How Do I Know If I’m In the Right Tattoo Studio?
To paraphrase: when it comes to matters of opinion, there is no accounting for taste. Everyone will have varying requirements when it comes to choosing their tattoo studio. No matter what studio you do end up in – how you got there should be from an educated decision.
Any extra time spent researching artists and studios will pay off. Remember that like any other industry there are reputable studios and ones that you should stay well away from. Find an artist with a style that speaks to you. There is often an excitement that accompanies the prospect of getting inked right away. Instead of making quick decisions try and transfer that energy into the design itself; quality before speed.
A good tattoo studio will always take the time to answer your questions, schedule a free artist consultation and provide or point you in the direction of any tattoo related information. Artist’s portfolios should be readily available online. At any time if you feel the studio is not being forthcoming with any information – go to another one!
No matter your level of experience bad tattoos are easy to spot.Are the lines of the tattoo straight and clean? Good work will retain the same shape and flow you find in any other artwork. Is everything in proportion? There are natural bodily contours and curves that have to be accounted for in tattooing yet aside from where the tattoo is placed on the body consider the image itself. Does the piece look like it was drawn in an unnatural angle? Common sense goes a long way. Does a face look like a face? Portraits are sometimes easier for most people when gauging the quality of a tattoo as the human mind is predisposed to recognize other human faces. One can usually tell quite quickly if something about a human face is not right. Is the shading smooth? Good artists can create a range of tones using black ink. This is the smooth shading depth and effect found in grayscale works.
What about the complexity and positioning of colors? Good artists can, if they work with color, create an amazing array of complex colors. There are various shading and alignment techniques but in general look for pieces that don’t simply consist of large areas filled in with solid block colors.