So, you’ve arrived at the decision to get a tattoo. Awesome, now what? Whether it be a tattoo that describes a life alerting event, an accomplishment of a seemingly impossible personal goal, a pretty or macho design, or just something you have to get after losing a bet to your friends. The first step should be choosing the Toronto & Vancouver tattoo shop that is right for you. After all, every great tattoo starts off with a great tattoo parlour. There are many aspects that should be considered when picking your tattoo shop and we have broken down the four most important ones. 1) Safety – Your safety is imperative when picking a tattoo parlour. The last thing you want is getting a cheap tattoo in a shady back alley with tainted needles from an unlicensed shop. This will lead to severe infections that could have very serious implications to your long time health. Therefore it is vital to make sure your Toronto & Vancouver tattoo parlour is accredited, licenced and uses the only the highest quality of instruments. For instance, you can ask to see their inspection report; an examination of tattoo parlours that is done annually by the ministry of health. Inquiring about these qualifications upfront could save you from a lifetime of pain and discomfort. 2) Credibility – The tattoo industry, like any other industry likes to recognize exceptional shops and their talented artists. So when picking a tattoo studio, it would be highly recommendable to go with one that is recognized by their peers as one of best in the business. And not to toot our own horn, but we’ve received so many awards, that we have a whole section of our website dedicated to trophies we’ve won from various reputable global competitions. 3) Research – Research, research and more research. Try to look at as many tattoo shops as possible, read reviews and if possible, try to meet with individual artists. Talking to these artists in person will not only give you a sense if their tattoo shop is right for you but also help refine the ideas you might have for your tattoo. 4) Passion – Now this might seem a bit odd but in no part should it be discounted. Getting a tattoo is a life changing event, once inked; it is with you for the rest of your life. It is an extension of your personality, an encompassment of your life experiences and in most cases, a mark of what you hold most passionate to you. Therefore shouldn’t the person administering this service be just as passionate? We here at Chronic Ink understand this passion well; in fact the whole purpose of our shop is to craft not only the best tattoos in Toronto & Vancouver, but in the world. Being a part of someone else’s story is a supreme privilege, a privilege we never take for granted. And through our art we hope to prove that to you. Drop by one of our tattoo shops today so we can work with you and show why we are the right tattoo parlour for you.