Tattoo Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

In case any of you are curious of what to do and what not to do at your next visit to the tattoo studio, here are a few reminders. And always remember: Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good!

-DO go to the studio with an idea for a tattoo in mind. Impulsive decisions aren’t the best in a permanent situation.
-DO tip your tattoo artist. This is their profession and they only make a percentage of what you pay for your tattoo so your tip is also their salary. 10% minimum, 15-20% is normal and anything more shows a lot of love.
-DO NOT try to negotiate the tattoo price. They are marking you for life. You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
-DO NOT test the tattoo artist to see if they can draw something and never get a tattoo. Do not be that guy!
-DO NOT bring a support team with you or children. If it is a must always ask the artist for permission.

1 Comment to “Tattoo Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts”

  1. Kristian Peterson says:

    This etiquette is a two way street. I'm new in town, and after much online research i made a visit to what i had determined to be the best quality shop in town. I wanted to discuss my idea and schedule the work to be done. The artist was bs-ing with a friend and just shoved his portfolio at me. He then turned his back to me and continued his talk about college football. Look, i understand that they are artists and that this industry can be a bit clique Ish, but he new i was from out of town and the light should have gone off in his head that this is an opportunity to make me a client. This isn't the nineties. There are great artists thruought the state. My point is that i don't HAVE to get another tattoo. However, he HAS to do tattoos. It's his business. Unfortunately, he won't be getting mine. I'll look to either Austin or Houston to get my ink. Maybe those shops will appreciate my money and my time when i walk through the door.

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