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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    It seems that it is a trial and error method but friends referrals are the most useful.....

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    I was just responding to another entry elsewhere and got some links to other related post on our tattoo forum I wanted to share here:
    Choosing a tattoo shop
    Yelp and Tattoo Shops
    Travel and shop choosing
    How far are you willing to travel for a shop?
    Chap Koeplinger's Blog on What Shops?

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    Yep I agree. When people ask me, I always take the time to tell people about how my tattoos. Which artist and from which shop or how to contact them.

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lochlan View Post
    It seems that it is a trial and error method but friends referrals are the most useful.....

    Old thread I know but it is relavent to me right now. You folks have all been very patient with me so far and I appreciate it but at 40 something and getting my first tattoo, I have questions. Hmmm, is there a word for non-tattooed people that only tattooed people use?



    Anyway, the problem I am having with picking an artist is that it all looks pretty good to me and I am having trouble finding the line between pretty good and really good. That may sound silly but I guess my eyes havent trained well enough to see the subtle differences. Sometimes a tattoo will get posted on this site and I will think it looks pretty cool and others will say it is utter crap. Maybe I knew it wasnt excellent but I am sometimes surprised at what is called bad.

    I am pretty much going to pick someone in my general area as I dont have the budget to spend money on travel AND a tattoo. And its not like I am getting a full back done or anything. Just a pretty good sized tattoo on my upper arm .......................... to start. Dont get me wrong, I'd love to catch Tim Hendricks in Miami and have him do something but I have no idea if he still comes down and I am guessing I wouldnt be able to afford a more widely known artist like that. I've seen a couple of interviews with him and love his passion for the art and he seems like a really cool guy. Miami only an hour or so away so it's not big travel or anything.

    I cant imagine that is going to happen so I continue to look around here. So when looking at local guys, what is it I should be looking for in their books or online portfolios that separates them from the pack? There are so many shops within an hour of me that it is a lot of work to look at.

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    Maybe you could Go to this:
    Tattoo La Palooza | Miami, FL - Tattoo Convention | June 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2011
    look around, see what you like.....talk to people.

    Or save your monies and wait for Tim.......i mean, the guys amazing so no one can fault you for doing that.

    ( the link lists the 2011 dates, I think 2012 is in Jan.)
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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    @Johnny

    I would just see who is tattooing other tattooers, especially some of the great tattooers who are on here. The classic, asking a doctor who they would trust to work on them or their family. At least that will point you in the right direction.

    Plus, if you have waited this long to get a tattoo, why can't you wait several months to a year or two longer to get something awesome from someone who is awesome. Big piece, small piece, etc. doesn't really matter, it's ink permanently on your skin.

    It's what I am doing.

    edit: @Iwar put up a pretty cool thread along the same lines as above.

    http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/for...treasures.html

    After a while, you just get an eye for it, I think. Honestly, you don't need to be a film-maker to know what a good movie is, a film-maker might know what makes the movie good (behind-the-scenes), but you don't really need to know that for what you are seeking.

    But excited for you and looking forward to seeing what you end up with, happy times!
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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    ...is there a word for non-tattooed people that only tattooed people use?
    There is, but we can't tell you until you get tattooed.

    @Johnny, you are in Florida, right? Mike Wilson is in Florida. There's a good chance that your some of your favourite tattooers get tattooed by him.
    One of my customers just got a tattoo from him while visiting Florida. I got a tattoo from him a few years ago, much to the annoyance of the other guys I work with.

    Mike works at Inksmith & Rogers in Jacksonville.

    But the bigger question is: Why do you care so much what internet tattoo snobs think about the tattoo you get?
    Just get a tattoo from someone who's work you like.
    We all have tattoos we love that other people don't think so much of. Having a tattoo is way more important than wishing for the perfect design from the perfect person.

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    At the moment I guess there is a kind feedback loop from when I go to conventions, read magazines, talk to artists and other clients and hear word-of-mouth, see pics on blogs ... It all percolates away and somewhere down the line I come up with an idea about what is feasible to follow through on.

    I have a kind of shortlist in my head of artists I'd still like to cross paths with and get a piece from... I'm not in a rush, so I'm kind of thinking it will happen down the line at the likes of the London Convention. This shortlist shuffles around a bit the more I see.

    Maybe everyone is different but for me some of the big 'fucking hell - I've got to get tattooed by that person' came about from magazine interviews or features on artists/studios. Kind of low-tech in the internet age, but somehow for me an interview (text) combined with the accompanying pictures seems to give me the best sense of whether it's for me or not. I love a really good interview (love books like 'Tattooing from japan to the west' and 'Under way is the only way' for that reason).

    It was seeing spreads on Mo Coppoletta (The Family Business) and also on Ching (East Tattoo) that got me in the chair the first time... And then it was the experience I had that meant I came back / am going back.
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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart Robson View Post
    There is, but we can't tell you until you get tattooed.


    Beautiful response. Now I am more anxious than ever.


    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart Robson View Post
    Mike works at Inksmith & Rogers in Jacksonville.

    I know of Mike and that shop. Jax is about 4 hours away and I dont know that I am willing to go that far just for the tattoo. Again, my budget is small. I guess if we were going up that way for something else and I made it part of the trip it would work.



    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart Robson View Post
    But the bigger question is: Why do you care so much what internet tattoo snobs think about the tattoo you get?

    I am not sure if I do care that much. What happens to me typically is I get an idea in my head and I do far more research than most people would ever do. I got into playing guitar about 5 years ago and of course learned everything about every guitar even before I could play. Same thing happened with cycling. I get obsessed and try to learn everything anytime I get interested in something. Tattoos are turning out to be no different. I honestly just want to find a good solid artist and have a good experience. It would be really cool to get one from someone with a reputation like Mike or Tim but it is not a must for me.

    Or maybe I'm becoming a tattoo cork sniffer before I even have one. Who knows?

    Thanks all for your input. It feeds my obsession.

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    Re: Choosing a tattooer?

    @Johnny, dude, just get a tattoo.

    Don't presume just because a tattooer is well known or 'famous' that they are expensive. Shitty tattooers can be expensive too.
    You'll waste hours of your life taking to strangers on the internet but you won't travel 4 hours to get a world-class tattoo?
    Like the saying goes "Everyone gets the tattoo they deserve." (Yes, I have shitty tattoos too)

    Really there isn't a 'secret name' we all call you. There is no 'tattoo community' that once you're inside, everything is different. You'll just be the same dude but with a tattoo. Enjoy it.
    Heavy tattoo coverage of good quality, well that's a different thing entirely.

    Until you get tattooed, I'll always think of you as a tourist.
    I appreciate tattoos and tattooing are interesting, but they are our lives. Not just something we spend a lot of time pursuing but the foundation of our lives.

    The difference with tattooing is when you find a new 'obsession', your tattoo, that you didn't want to pay too much for, will still be there.
    Try not to confuse procrastination with research. Some of the best things about having tattoos are actually wearing them, being a tattooed person. No amount of research will give you that.

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