Freelance tattoo writer Jodie Michalak suggests asking for recommendations and taking a tour of local tattoo shops to find the best shop for individual needs and preferences. She suggests shopping around to find an artist who offers creativity, trustworthiness and cleanliness. Furthermore, Michalak explains that the busiest, most popular tattoo shops aren't necessarily the best fit for everyone.
Looking to reputable sources, such as Inked magazine and Tattoo.com, helps people who have no idea where to start find local tattoo shops. Michalak recommends going to different tattoo shops in person to see the work that the artists are capable of, how the shops are run and how the atmospheres feels. Furthermore, she advises looking for a license and paying special attention to the overall cleanliness of the shop. The tattoo artists must listen to any ideas about the type of work wanted and how well it works on an individual's body. They must also have samples on hand and a willingness to discuss custom work that fits the individual. Michalak explains that reputable artists may create sketch samples and temporary designs to see how well the clients like them. Once the individual becomes comfortable with an artist, he can schedule an appointment.