4 Things Tattoo Artists Want Their Clients To Know


The majority of people who want tattoos already know what to expect when they approach an artist for a design. They will have researched what their artist will need to know and when they need to know it by, as well as what to expect throughout the whole process.

However, there are some people who simply want a tattoo and that is that. Without any further research, they will wander into a tattoo studio and state what they want with very little thought.

We’ve mentioned before that planning and preparation are key to getting the tattoo you want, but this time, we’re going to take a look at what your tattoo artist expects of you- the paying customer- to make their job easier and give you the tattoo that you are looking for.

Tattoos Take Time

The whole tattoo process will take time to complete. There’s the design, tweaks to the design, stencilling, line work and shading that goes into creating a tattoo, and rather than rush through the process, a good artist will want to spend time working on each section to get it perfect before moving on to the next.


With this in mind, be prepared to wait a little for your tattoo, especially if it’s a custom design that you want. If you want a design that is on your artist flash card portfolio, you won’t have to wait as long, but your tattoo won’t be as unique.

Patience is key!

Come In With An Idea Already Formed

There’s nothing more frustrating than a customer walking in wanting a tattoo then asking the tattoo artist what they should get.

They aren’t mind readers and they don’t know what sort of designs you are looking for or what you even like. Even if you give them some idea of style, they wont be able to design you a tattoo without a comprehensive description from yourself.


So, before you even step foot in that tattoo studio and book your appointment, make sure that you know what you want- only you can decide that!

Don’t Book an Appointment If You’re On A Time Limit

Oh, you’re at an important meeting in 3 hours that you can’t be late for? That’s fine… just rearrange your tattoo appointment for another time.

A tattoo artist should never feel under pressure to work to a very strict deadline. Yes the majority of artists will charge per hour and you will usually be given a time slot that will cover them tattooing you, but there has to be some wiggle room on both sides just in case further work is needed that can be done without needing an extra appointment.

Besides, you definitely don’t want to have to pay out for a tattoo that was rushed and isn’t as good as it could have been!

Don’t Bring Your Children

No matter how well behaved you child is, most tattoo studios and individual artists will prefer it if your children weren’t in the studio.

This isn’t because they don’t like kids, in fact, it’s to protect them from potential hazards and adult orientated artwork and conversations within the studio. While your tattoo artist may be aware of your child, others in the studio may not be and will often have conversations with clients and other artists that may not be suitable for your child to hear.

It’s also to avoid any distractions that the child may create while your artist is working on you. It’s wrong to assume your child will be able to sit for 3 hours in one place without needing to get up or start getting agitated- something that neither you or the artist will appreciate while you are getting inked.

Leave your little ones at home and enjoy the peace and quiet… and the new tattoo!

Most tattoo parlours will have rules and guidelines set out describing their stance on what is expected of clients somewhere in their studio, or will even tell their clients to their face.

In order to get your tattoos perfect every time, you’ll need the best tattoo needles around. That’s where we come in here at Body Shock! With a wide range of tattoo equipment to choose from, we’re a tattooists first point of call.

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