Tattoo FAQ || How do I find a Tattoo Artist?
The internet is a glorious place! Who knows what people did before this, but luckily for us we don't have to worry because we have this huge database at our disposal to help find some awesome tattoo artists.
So without further ado here are my steps to finding yourself a tattoo artist:
Go to Instagram. If you don't have an account, then make one purely for the purpose of researching artists. I have found almost all of my tattoo artists on instagram, and my current artist that i regularly keep going back to is a great example of running a killer instagram page, check her out @annazeeskytattoos.
Try to decide what style you want. Whether you like watercolour, geometric, fine line, traditional, or any other style of tattoo, there is likely an artist around that specialises in that style! So have a clear idea in mind of where you would like to head with a style or theme. Alternately, if there is an artist that you come across whose work you're in love with, and their style is suited really well to you, GO AND SEE THAT ARTIST. Don't take pictures of their work to other artists to copy.. That's not cool.
If you haven't had any luck browsing for artists on instagram, then go to our good friend google. If you type in something like 'Melbourne Tattoo Studios', most reputable studios in your area will have a website and on there you will be able to find all the artists that you can book in with and what they specialise in.
Once you’ve found an artist whose work you like, it’s time to book in! Each artist has a different process for this, some will require a phone call to the studio, some have an online booking service, but the most common way tends be sending through an email requesting a booking. In this email it is a good idea to include dates that might work for you (often artists will specify what months they are currently taking bookings for), as well as an idea of what you would like your tattoo to be of or about, and maybe some reference images of previous work of theirs you have liked.
After all this it should be pretty self explanatory. It’s time to just have some discussions with your artist and come up with an awesome tattoo!
Goodluck on your tattoo journey