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How to Find the Perfect Tattoo Artist for You - 5 Helpful Tips


Finding the right artist for you is important, with so many different styles it’s hard to know where to begin. In this blog, we will give you the Top 5 tips for finding the perfect tattoo artist for you!

  1. Know What Tattoo You Want

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    Firstly, you should decide what tattoo you would like. This will allow you to more easily match the tattoo artist's style to your preferences. At this stage, you should also consider the location and your budget, as these are two things that artists’ will often ask about when you first approach them.
    There are many different tattoo styles, including: traditional, neo traditional, realism, blackwork, watercolour, and knowing what you prefer is a great way to start.

    Depending on the type of tattoo you would like, the number of artists will vary. A walk-in store may be the best option if you want to pick a design from a design book and have something done straight away. However, if you want a more creative, and unique design, you should do a little more reading into who you want to do it with.

    1. Research Tattoo Artists

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    Doing research into tattoo artists can be overwhelming and that’s why it is important to understand the tattoo you’re getting, including the imagery, style, and aesthetics that you are looking for. Knowing this will help narrow down your choice of artists!

    Instagram is a great to way to get familiar with artists and find the perfect one for you. A lot of artists tend to use their Instagram account as their portfolio as this is now the easiest way to showcase their work.
    You can find out whether an artist’s style is perfect for you by looking at their social media pages, and the more well-known, trusted artists might have a higher following – so this is a great indicator of their talent.

    Check out our Instagram @magnumtattoosupplies to find some great sponsored artists!

    1. Get in Touch with Them

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    Once you’ve found an artist you like, get in touch with them. Most artists will state how they prefer to be contacted on their Instagram page, usually via DM’s, emails, or website bookings.

    You should aim to contact them with as much information as you can, with some reference pictures to give the artist an idea of what you’re looking for. You could include things like the size, style and where on your body you would like the tattoo to be. When the artist responds, you’ll get a good idea of whether they’re going to be the right match for you.
    1. Ask Other People

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    Word of mouth is another great marketing tool. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend anyone, specifically somebody who does the style of tattoo that you’re wanting. Think about what’s important to you when finding an artist and see what others say about that person. If this is your first tattoo, you might want someone who’s going to make you feel at ease as you may be extra nervous.
    Asking other people can be really helpful and can fill you with confidence!

    1. Don’t Rush

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    Finally take your time with the search. Enjoy the experience of finding the right tattoo artist and make sure that you’re completely happy with whoever you do choose.

    Keep in mind that a lot of top tattoo artists will be booked up for a few months in advance or may not be taking on new work at the time you’re enquiring, so you might have to wait a little bit longer than you originally thought.
    Also, its worth keeping in mind that really good tattoos can be costly, and if this is an issue, you could wait and save a little more, or you can discover a different artist who meets your criteria.

    The perfect tattoo artist is definitely worth the wait!


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    • Caitlin Moore