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Nathan B

Diffrence between Custom Tattoo shop and other ones.

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So I finally go an appointment to get my first tattoo - which is going to be a band of roses (black and grey) around my forearm like the picture - for Thursday, 6 days from now. The tattoo shop calls itself a custom tattoo shop and I was just wondering what the actual difference is between CUSTOM tattoo shops and the other one. Do they draw directly on your skin from scratch? And not trace a flash sheet or something? Is it more risky to get a tattoo from a custom shop than it is from a normal shop?

Thank you in advance.

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Custom means the artist draws up a one of a kind design for the client vs picking a design from a sheet of flash. One is not necessarily better than the other but a shop might charge more for the former. Most do both these days at least in my experience. There is a difference between a street shop that takes walk ins vs by appointment only but again one is not better than the other though the latter might charge more.

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There's no hard set rule. Some shops say theyre a street shop, others a custom shop, but most will do either. Some shops (typically very renown shops) only do appointments, so they wouldnt really be a "street shop", but the titles dont hold much significance now a days. Back in the 60s and 70s during the tattoo "reconnaissance" fronted by Ed Hardy, a shop would advertise that they did custom work, which was in refference to shops that only had premade designs, so it was a big deal to get a custom made design. Now a days most shops do custom work as well as flash so the titles dont hold much meaning anymore.

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