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Video:How to Choose a Tattoo Shop

with Berry Konijiski

Thinking about getting a tattoo? Before you go and get inked, know what to look for in a tattoo shop by taking a look at important tips from the pros.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Choose a Tattoo Shop

Hey - I'm Berry Konijiski and I'm with Artistic Skin Designs and this is About.com and we're going to talk about what to look for in a tattoo shop.

Check the Tattoo Shop Appearance

If I was going into a shop, the first thing I would do is appearance - the very, very first. When you're looking for a shop, you want to definitely go in and make sure it's a nice clean studio and that they're certified with the local board of health, which do inspections to make sure everything is up to par. If it smells bad, or looks bad, I would definitely turn around and leave.

That means no food, no drink, no cosmetics, no animals, anything. No smoking. And make sure that's always kept clean - you want to bag your machines, keep your area clean. After one customer is done, you dispose of everything that's disposable - you get rid of it, you throw it in the trash. And then you clean your room with betacide and let that soak, and you just want to make sure it's safe and well-lit for the next person.

Ask About Tattooing Equipment

Everyone has their own particular equipment they think about - needles and tubes, the machines, power supplies, and supplies - all of our razors are throwaway razors. The ink-caps are throw away, the aprons and baggies are all one single use. The inks are different - a lot of them are organic inks that are safe that they use. They always pout it into a cup and it's thrown away when they're done.

Find Tattoo Shops Through Referrals

Referrals are really important to me because that's how you build up your clientele base. If you're not very good, and you're not good people, people aren't going to refer you. And sooner or later, if you're not any good - if you're bad with people - they'll know that.

Note the Tattoo Artist's Demeanor

You should look for people being courteous, kind, and help you with any kind of questions you might have concerning your tattoo. I would think that they'd be very knowledgeable if you have questions about your after care and that type of thing. And they should be willing to work with you and draw, and be able to help you out with whatever you want.

Don't Assume Anything

When you're looking for a shop, it's really important not to assume anything until you go in. Check for it being clean, and well lit, and they have really nice artwork, and seem compassionate about what they do, then I would say that would be the way to go.

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