Whether you are looking to get your first tattoo done or are new to the Fayetteville area and are looking for a new tattoo shop, today’s blog is for you. We are going to discuss a few tips to help you find the best tattoo shop for you. 

Getting a tattoo is something you should take time and really put some thought into. This does not only apply to the tattoo itself, but also to the tattoo shop you want to go to, and which artist you want to work with. Call Sacred Raven Tattoo today to learn more about our tattoo shop!  

#1 Ask For References

Don’t hesitate to ask your family and friends about their experiences with tattoo shops and different artists. They will give you the best insight possible about their likes, dislikes, and overall experience. 

Another way to get referrals is if you see someone with a quality tattoo that is the style that you are looking for, simply ask them where they got it done and if they are happy with how it turned out. The majority of people are more than happy to share their experience and refer people to their favorite artist. 

#2 Don’t Settle

Once you have a good list started of tattoo shops, go visit each one to see the atmosphere of the shop, meet the artists, and get a first-hand look at their tattooing process. The most important advice we can give is to not just settle on a tattoo shop because you don’t know where else to go. Keep asking around, and continue to visit shops until you find the one that fits your needs and that you feel confident with. Come visit us at Sacred Raven Tattoo in Fayetteville today!

#3 Receive Quotes

Receive quotes from multiple shops. This will not only give you a good idea of what your tattoo is going to cost, but can help you gauge the quality of work that you are going to receive. Don’t rely solely on the price, but it is important to take it into account when choosing your tattoo shop. Stop By Sacred Raven Tattoo today to receive a quote from one of our artists!   

#4 Take Note Of Cleanliness

While you are visiting the different tattoo shops, be sure to take note of how clean they are. Keeping a sanitary environment is extremely important for tattoo shops. When you get a tattoo, multiple doors are opened to bacteria that can lead to severe infections. Start by looking at the general cleanliness of the shop, then watch closely to see what type of precautions the artists take to ensure that bacteria and viruses are not being spread. Here are some of the major precautionary actions that should be performed:

  • Sterilizing the tattoo table in between clients  
  • Wearing gloves the entire time and putting on new gloves for each client
  • Covering all surfaces near the tattoo and tools with clear plastic 
  • Using individual disposable containers for ink 
  • Cleaning the skin prior to tattooing and continuously during the tattooing process
  • Using new, sterile needles for each client

#5  Check For Licenses

Verify that both the shop as well as the individual artists have the licenses that they are required to have for tattooing. Never let an artist that is not licensed tattoo you. At Sacred Raven Tattoo, all of our artists are licensed and professional. With great knowledge in the art of tattooing as well as the proper process of tattooing, we take great pride in our tattoo shop and ensure that you will receive high-quality service during each and every visit. Call us today with further questions or concerns!

#6 Look At Their Portfolio

Now that you have confirmed that the tattoo shop is sterile and licensed, it is time to find the right artist for your tattoo. At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of what style of tattoo you are wanting. Looking through the portfolios of the artists you are choosing from is a vital step. You will want to choose an artist that specializes in the exact style of tattoo that you are looking for to receive the best end-result. 

At Sacred Raven Tattoo, you can find just about any style of tattoo from one of our six extremely talented tattoo artists. Here are the main tattoo styles that they specialize in:

  • Black and gray realism tattoos
  • Color realism tattoos
  • Full-color tattoos
  • Water-color tattoos  
  • Traditional black and grey tattoos
  • Neo-traditional tattoos
  • Traditional Japanese tattoos
  • Anime tattoos
  • Maori style Polynesian tattoos

Check out our artists’ portfolios today to see exactly what their previous work looks like!

#7 Get To Know The Artist 

Take some time to have a conversation with the artist that you choose before your tattoo appointment. Get to know a little bit about them, and share with them a little about yourself. This will help you both be more comfortable when it comes time for you to get your tattoo. Letting the artist get to know you opens the door for them to get a better idea of how to personalize your tattoo and really bring your vision to life. The artists at Sacred Raven Tattoo take pride in building strong relationships with their customers. Call us today!