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So, this question isn't so much about tattoos as it is about... etiquette I guess. I can't draw for beans, which is a problem, since I have this awesome vision of a tattoo for my pop-pop in my head. Is it in bad taste to have an artist draw something up, get a quote, (it'll be pricey I know that) and then not set up an appointment within a few weeks? I just want to see it on paper so bad, but I feel it would be almost rude to go and have it drawn any time soon. Thoughts? :/
If the artist is going to draw something, you have to put a deposit for an appointment down. You wouldn’t ask a mechanic to change your oil to “see if you like it” and even though tattoos are most personal, tattoo artists are workers. Just like you and me. Usually it’s about $50-100 just for the sketch and appointment.
It just seems like your’e broke right now, which is fine. I know the feeling. But you gotta strap on your big girl pants and either save the money or put it on a credit card. Take the extra time to do some great research and you can always book your appointment like a monthish out from when you do your consultation and get the drawing so you can get in before you save that last $100.
What's your opinion/suggestion about going to a doctor for a different medical procedure than what they are known for?
Glad to see someone gets it around here.
What's your opinion/suggestion about going to a tattoo artist for a different style than what they are known for?
Unless that artist specifically wants to work in that new style (I’ve seen Guen Douglas asking for more traditional commissions) why would you do that?
There are so many artists out there. Get one who specializes in what you want.
Where can I find things in a style like Xoil and Aurisch in america? I love that style, but no one I have found in my does this.
I swear it’s just the Europeans. And there’s a ton of them throughout the continent. David Hale comes close which is why his waiting list is like 8 months. Some people see Amanda Wochob as having a similar style although I disagree, and she charged $300/hr.
Let's say you find an artist to draw up your ideas. What if, in the final sketch, you just don't like it? How could someone go about telling the artist they don't want that tattoo anymore/want to go to a different artist? Is that rude? (Sorry for so many questions today!)
Well you already put down a deposit for the drawing I’m assuming. I have a whole post about getting them to change the sketch, but wanting to go to a different artist? If you researched your artist’s style well enough this probably shouldn’t happen. But, as always, its a decision you have to live with forever—they don’t. If you put down the deposit that should at least pay for their time, but if not i’d offer to pay for the drawing.
Let's say you want to get tattooed by a certain artist but they're from another country that primarily speaks another language such as Germany or France... What would one do about the obvious language barrier if they really wanted a tattoo by that certain artist and no one else?
Whenever I visit family in Poland I’m often surprised at how many people there speak English! Even though I speak Polish, my brother doesn’t and he’s had no trouble navigating around all of Europe. That said, when you contact the artist about getting work done, I’d send an email in English and explain you’re planning on traveling from abroad to be tattooed. Ask if anyone in the shop could help translate if they don’t speak English. Before you travel, also try to pick up on some basic phrases, get a pocket dictionary, and remember how accomidating they’re being! Modesty in such situations will go a long way. I think you’ll be surprised. Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century, and most non-English speaking countries are years ahead of us…
Just because an artist can draw something perfectly, does that always mean that they can tattoo it the same way?
Sorry this got lost in my inbox!
No. Just because someone can draw perfectly doesn’t mean shit about their ability to tattoo. I’m an awesome illustrator, but I wouldn’t know how to even turn on a damn tattoo needle.
When choosing an artist, look at their portfolio! Look at their line work, their ability to shade, their illustrations, and their over all style. Then you’ll know what to expect when you get tattooed.
Their work should be good enough for you to trust them with your body. In this case, trust that they will do as good of a job on the tattoo as they did with the sketch.
How much would it cost to get sample tattoo designs from multiple shops, so I can see which one I like the best?
Last week I went to every car mechanic in the state and asked them to give me a sample oil change before I decided who would fix my alternator. It’s a big decision for me, so they should do it for cheap or free, right?
NOPE. If you go around and ask everyone this the good artists will close the door in your face, the bad artists will give you something for free. Remember: artists are workers too. If you want good work then respect their craft.
Step 1. Go through everyone’s portfolios in the area and get the best artist.
Step 2. Tell them what you want for a tattoo. If you don’t like it the first time, ask them to change it.
Step 3. Get a tattoo.