I get asked questions about finding a tattoo artist or shop almost every day. While choosing a tattoo artist has a lot to do with appreciation of style, ensuring you're getting work done in a safe and clean tattoo studio simply means making sure the shop lives up to (if not exceeds) industry standards.
How Do I Choose A Tattoo Shop?
Tattoo shops nationwide are not all subject to the same health and safety codes. It's interesting to find that many states do not require tattoo shops to be licensed or meet any standards at all- look here for a list of tattoo regulations by state - it is always up to you to be sure that you get inked in a healthy environment.
Tattoo shops are amazing places, and every one of them is totally unique. I think it's important to visit shops before you get inked, both to chat with the artist you plan to work with, and to check out the space they work in. It's always nice if you feel welcome and comfortable in a shop. Some shops are quiet, and have private booths while other places have become cool places to hang out, with couches and open floor plans.
You can go here to learn about typical tattoo shop standard practices
While checking out a new tattoo shop, be sure to check EVERYTHING off this list:
* It should be easy to tell that the shop is clean, artists must all wear gloves while working
* If you are in a state that licenses shops and/or artists, look for licenses to be displayed and current