Want a tattoo but not sure how to go about getting one?
Just follow these simple steps:
1. Figure out what you want.
You wouldn't believe how many people come to the shop not knowing what they want (not even a little bit.)
It's OK if you don't know all the details, but if you know the main idea, we can handle the rest.
2. Start gathering reference photos.
Google is your friend! Take screenshots and bring your references, but remember we will do our version. Nobody wants to steal from another artist. And doesn't it sound nice to have your own tattoo unique from everyone else?
3. Choose the right artist.
By now you have a pretty good idea of what you want and how you want it to look.
Now you should know, not all artists are created equal. Some artists only do certain styles and some aren't the right ones for you. Start looking up what artists are working in your area and check out their work! Narrow it down to your favorites and then stop by the shop to see if you vibe well with them. You want to choose an artist who works in a style you like and also makes you feel comfortable.
4. Go to the shop for a consultation.
Most shops do not price over the phone. This is because there are many factors that determine how much the tattoo will cost.
Your artist will need the following information before giving you an estimate: Size in inches, placement on the body, amount of detail, color scheme and desired style.
5.Leave a deposit.
We require a deposit for anyone who wishes to make a tattoo appointment.
Deposits compensate your artist for taking the time to draw your tattoo and it also secures your appointment time slot.
The deposit is NOT a fee and comes out of the final cost of the tattoo upon completion.
The only way you will lose your deposit is if you no call/no show or cancel without rescheduling. You may reschedule up to 24 hours before your appointment.
Your artist cannot start a drawing without a deposit! Without a deposit we cannot secure your appointment and you will be listed as a walk-in on a first come first serve basis.
6. Make an appointment
Once you have left a deposit you will be able to secure an appointment with an artist. This means you will have your own time slot and priority over walk-ins. You will have your design drawn before your appointment and reduce your wait time to nothing!
Plus it's a good way to create a good relationship with your artist.
7. Prepare for your appointment
Prep yourself for your appointment, especially if it's going to be a long one.
Make sure you eat before your tattoo! (You can pass out if you don't.)
Bring a snack or sugary drink if you'd like.
It can get pretty cold in tattoo shops for cleanliness reasons so you might want to bring a sweater or small blanket for long sessions.
Make sure your phone is charged and bring headphones if you want to listen to music!
8. Show up for your appointment. ON TIME.
Please remember your artist may be on a strict time schedule and have other appointments after yours so please be on time!
We know stuff happens. If you know you're running a bit late CALL YOUR ARTIST and let them know. 9 times out of 10 a few minutes late won't be a problem.
However, If your artist is on a strict time schedule or If you come too late, we may have to cancel your appointment and you will lose your deposit. Nobody wants that.
9. Get tattooed!
This is the best part. All you have to do is relax, hold still and enjoy the ride!
Please don't bring a million people to your tattoo appointment either, it can be very distracting for your artist. One or two friends is nice, three or more is a nightmare.
10. Follow your aftercare instructions.
The best way to ensure your tattoo stays looking great is to take care of it!
There are several different ways to do this, so ask your artist what they recommend for their work, and FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. Deviating from the aftercare guide can cause your tattoo to heal poorly and can have serious consequences like infection as well.
While there is no set amount of time it takes for a tattoo to heal, the process usually takes 3-4 weeks. Factors like circulation, general health, tattoo placement, lifestyle etc. can make that time vary from person to person. As long a you follow your artists aftercare procedure, you will have beautiful ink that looks great for years to come!
11. Follow Up (optional)
Some artists may ask you to come back to see how the tattoo looks healed. This isn't necessary but it is nice for the artist to see their work finished. And if you need any kind of touch-up your artist will know right away.
(We also know if you picked your tattoo or healed it incorrectly, so don't do it!)
If you have any further questions just give us a call or come by the shop, we will be happy to help with whatever you need!
-The Outrageous Tattoo Team