Tips for Finding The Best Tattoo ShopA simple search online can pull up many options in your area, but not all of them are the best choice. Once you locate the shops around you, take the time to do a thorough search of their business. Look up testimonials and sample works. Take the time to see if they are licensed. The internet provides a lot of information, but don't pick your shop based off internet alone.
Get Referrals and RecommendationsHave friends or family with ink you love? Talk to them to see where they had their ink done. They will be able to tell you what they liked and disliked about where they went, and perhaps even give you some good tips and pointers for preparing for the big day. Getting a first-hand account from someone will help narrow down your choices.
Research the BusinessTake the time to ensure your artist and/or shop is licensed. If something does go wrong you will want to know you can hold them accountable. Look at testimonials and reviews to learn more about the experiences others have had with them. Also, be sure to review samples of their work. These should be available online, in books in the shop or available upon request. It’s a big red flag if a business isn’t being open about the work they’ve done.
Talk with the ArtistsTalk with the artists and see if you click. The right artist is going to be open with you about how they work, and given that tattoos take hours to complete, you’ll want to find an artist you feel comfortable with.
ObservationIf it’s possible to watch the artist give a tattoo, feel free to observe them. This will give you a chance to see how they work. Pay attention to what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Are they making sure their client is comfortable? Do they keep the area clean while working on the tattoo? You may not be a professional, but you know what makes you uncomfortable. If you see something that doesn’t sit right, try a different shop.
Things to Ask Your Artist Before Getting Your Tattoo
- Are they properly trained?
- Do they wear disposable gloves that get changed between tattoos?
- Is there a sterilization machine to clean equipment they don’t throw away?
- Are they using needles from sealed containers?
- Are the pigment trays new?
- How do they clean and sterilize their tattoo station?
- Where does the ink they use come from?
Our Favourite Tattoo Aftercare
After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer delivers effective skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colours of your tattoos. There's no petroleum so it won't stick to or stain your clothes. This moisturizing skin lotion, enriched with Grape Seed Oil, can also be used on any permanent makeup procedure on lips, brows, eye liner, and areola, as well as an after-laser tattoo removal moisturizing lotion. After Inked is Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating.
PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.
Final ThoughtsDo your part and find the best tattoo shops near you. Keep a clear head and make a choice. If you’re in the Toronto, Mississauga, or Kitsilano area feel free to stop into Chronic Ink. They offer a free consultation where you can ask any questions you want before getting your ink. Chronic Ink has an extensive gallery to show off their work and numerous awards. Get a tattoo you will love from the people who love to tattoo.
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