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Considering a Tattoo? Top Questions to Ask Your Tattoo Artist

Updated: Mar 18

Getting a tattoo is an exciting decision, but also one that requires careful thought. Since tattoos are permanent body modifications, you'll want to make sure you choose the right design, placement, artist, and shop. To help guide your decision-making process, here are five key questions you should ask any potential tattoo artist:

1. What Experience Do You Have?

When you decide to get a tattoo, you're placing your trust in an artist's hands. It's essential to know their level of experience, not just in years, but in the complexity and style of tattoos they've executed. Fame Tattoos boasts over 90 years of combined tattoo experience, with a team that's not only passionate about their craft but has also garnered over 100 awards at conventions worldwide. This depth of experience ensures that we can bring any vision to life, with precision and artistry.

2. Are You Licensed and Trained?

It's essential that any tattoo artist you consider has proper licensing from your state and local health departments. This helps ensure they follow safe hygiene and sanitation practices. You’ll also want them to have formal tattoo training, whether through an apprenticeship or tattooing school. Ask to see examples of their work to judge their skill level.

3. Do You Offer Consultations?

Reputable artists will provide a free consultation to discuss design ideas and placement options. This gives you time to talk through different concepts and make sure you'll be happy with the permanent addition to your body. If an artist doesn't offer consultations, it may be wise to look elsewhere.

4. What Precautions Do You Take for Safety and Hygiene?

Tattooing opens up small wounds in your skin that can easily become infected if proper health precautions aren’t taken. Ask about autoclave sterilization of needles and equipment. Make sure disposable gloves and barriers are used. You should also confirm that the tattoo inks used come from reputable suppliers known for safely manufactured pigments.

5. What Is Your Refund/Touch up Policy?

While you hopefully don't anticipate needing any refund or fixes, it's good to ask about what policies the artist or shop has in place. Quality tattoo work should be guaranteed for accuracy of the design and not require major touch ups right away due to poor application.

6. Do You Have References or Reviews I Can See?

As with choosing any service professional, it helps to get references or read reviews from past tattoo clients. Quality artists should have mostly positive feedback about their customer service, artistry skills, and professionalism. This info gives you added reassurance you’re selecting someone who creates great tattoos.

7. What Are Your Hygiene and Safety Procedures?

Safety and hygiene in the tattoo process cannot be overstated. It's imperative to ensure that your artist follows stringent safety protocols to prevent any risk of infection. At Fame Tattoos, we adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety, using sterile equipment for every client and maintaining a pristine studio environment. We are committed to safeguarding your health and well-being throughout the tattooing process.

Making the choice to get inked is thrilling, but make sure you feel fully confident by having open conversations with any artist using guiding questions like these. For more on selecting your body art and aftercare, visit our website at or contact us today!


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