Wicked Wednesday – “How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio”

11 Aug

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Getting a tattoo is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make about your appearance. (I’m ranking it right after that terrible koolaid dye-job your friend did for you in high school, apparently right before every single photo that ended up in the yearbook was taken.) So you want to be sure that you’ve not only picked an image that you will not get sick of or come to regret (like your boyfriend’s name on your ass) but also that you’ve found the right tattoo artist for you.

Tattoo artists aren’t like house painters. You can’t just pick any one that works for a reputable company or looks fit and able to climb a ladder. They’re artists. This means that not only their skill and experience, but also their style will vary. You don’t necessarily want the same one who did your best friend’s tattoo if yours is a multi-coloured life-like portrait and hers was Hello Kitty. No matter how happy she claims to be with the final result.

A tweet by Tattoo Artist Magazine showed up today with a link to an article called: “Guen Douglas: How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio.” I was so impressed with how informative, thorough and bullshit-free it was that I decided to share it with you in the hopes that it will help you to avoid costly tattoo removal or living with “Paco” scrawled on your butt in a two-year-old’s handwriting for the rest of your life. You’re welcome.


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