Welcome back, boys and girls! (And all other points in between!)
Sorry it’s coming in a week late, but lots of moving and shaking here at Trinity Art Collective have kept me from composing more eloquent keyboard serenades for you, the ever-eager readers. So, strap in , chill out and hang on for the almost anticipated conclusion to the last segment!
Jumping right in, please do everyone involved a favor and KNOW YOUR ARTIST. I wish I could count the amount of times I have seen someone go to a phenomenal portrait artist and ask for cartoons. Or to an old-school ‘specialist’ and ask for fine lines and subtle shading! In this, the Age of Information, it’s as easy as a click to do a little checking into the shop, artist, style, placement, subject matter, and colors you might wish to use in your tattoo. I can’t stress this fact enough, y’all…IT’S YOUR TATTOO! You, and you alone, are responsible for saying yes or no to getting it done. Once it’s tattooed, the only jackass left on the lot is the one that kept its mouth shut. And if you happen to be schizophrenic and one of your personalities disagrees with your other personality’s tattoo choices, stay the hell out of a tattoo shop. (It’s a long story.)
Still with me? Good…you’re showing determination, and not a small amount of reading aptitude.
So, you’re rambling on endlessly about how your great-grandmother was a Leo and your Mom rode a motorcycle across New Zealand, so getting this anchor-infinity-ejaculating birds is, like, SO meaningful… You look up from your phone while flipping through your 14th text message since you started talking, and your chatty friends won’t stop barking out suggestions on what to get and where to put it… You notice your tattoo artist has indescribably heinous murder is his or her eyes. Yes, they want to kill you. Will they? Maybe. That all depends on whether or not you learn anything from our next topic…
Tattoo Shop Behavior in the New Age: An Overview.
Do you feel an urge to puff out your chest and swagger through the door, and loudly spout some sort of goofy icebreaker when you walk into a tattoo shop? If you do, you are either a tattoo artist, or the arch-nemesis of the tattoo artist…the douche. There may have been a time when thugs and malcontents were the ones populating the dark, mysterious parlours purposed for tattooing. Hell, there was even a time when that aura was an okay thing, even encouraged, in our industry. No more, however. Times have changed, and hopefully a few people will read things like this, and then clients and expectations can change in kind.
Be Nice. We are all about customer experience these days. We will bend over backward to help you have the best tattoo experience possible. Don’t sabotage that.
Be Prompt. You are most certainly NOT the only person we serve. As such, our schedules tend to be quite full, and last-minute changes to timing and design can cost your artist a ton of time, stress and money. If you can’t make your appointment, call. Phones exist. If you don’t show, and you lose your deposit, don’t gripe.
Be Open. If you’ve done this right, you’ve researched and looked and asked around, found your shop and your artist, and now you’re planning…you’re contracting a professional artist to design your tattoo. As such, that particular artist’s style will manifest itself in your art, so choose wisely…but be open to the beauty of the creative process.
Be Sober. Now, I’m not saying that nobody should enjoy a libation or two…nor that a bowl, bong, blunt, joint, spliff, fattie, doobie, dab, bubbler, sidecar, sneak-a-toke, or apple-pipe is a deal-breaker where your tattoo is concerned. I’m just saying that it’s not a wonderful idea to come in intoxicated to the point of incoherence and/or belligerence. If you are going to self-medicate, be discrete and don’t become a nuisance to your artist. Do you have ANY idea just how fast most of us can draw a big, veiny sausage-flute? Everyone has their vices, and we aren’t here to police the world…but being able to control one’s behavior is important when being permanently marked.
There it is. You’re now better armed for your tattoo adventures than the average first-timer usually can hope to be. If you keep your ideas clear, your attitude positive and creative, and your head in the game, you can have the best tattoo experience of your life…every time.