10 Ways To Be a Better Ethical Tattoo Artist
Just remind yourself when you wanted to get your first tattoo?
Didn't know what to choose? Who will be the artist? What are the
risks of getting a tattoo? Are there any possibilities for
removal... Yes, all of this questions and so many more are in every
tattoo enthusiast's mind, waiting to get the fist tattoo. So, as an
artist what you should be doing? What are your ethical
responsibilities for every single client?? It's strange how people
react on this. Some artists think that
their duty is only to tattoo and make some money in the end of the
As a professional tattoo artist:
1. Be nice with your customers
All they ask is a good advice. Be talkative and give them a great information. Don't think that you are wasting your time and just sit on your desk not interested in what are they talking about. Not every day is a tattoo day.
2. Make sure that your customers are feeling good in your studio
During the time they are choosing the design, make sure that they feel fine and they got all they need, like tattoo books, catalogs, photos etc.
3. Tell your customers about your career
People need to know who to trust and why. So, spend some time talking about your beginnings and your highest career goals. Make them believe that you are a professional artist with experience. Those things will make them trust you and consider you as their tattoo artist.
4. Show them your studio
When someone comes for the first time in your studio, is very important to see a clean studio. Walk around the studio with your potential clients. If they ask for a tattoo, show them the place where they would get their first tattoo. Make sure that they are informed and tell them all the necessary info about the shop.
5. Give your customers all the healing info
Don't be hurry when the tattoo procedure end up. People are asking all the time about taking care, risks, which is totally normal. Again, be talkative. Give your customers all the answers they are looking for. Every second with your clients is money. Yes, it is. If the tattoo they have chosen is cheap that doesn't mean their friend's would be too.
6. Always be open for suggestions
Some people just want to be tattooed, but they don't know what to tattoo. Some are asking for suggestions, opinions about the placement, size, colors etc. In this situations, be open for suggestions. Use your imagination and experience, try to help them. Show them your sketchbook, draw some examples... They will probably choose something right away, rather then to search on the internet.
7. Be supportive when it comes to designs
Clients could be funny, crazy, sometimes weird... Every tattoo hides its own story. Some people wants to be rebels and they are choosing designs with some racist content or any type - offensive. If you're not ok with their choice then try to explain. Avoid to argue or just to defend your own opinion. It could affect really bad on your customers as well as your shop reputation. Try to be always kind and supportive.
8. Avoid tattooing/piercing minors
Sometimes, minors could be very enthusiastic when it comes body art. As a professional artist, people under 18 are not recommended. Some of them are not even informing their parents what they are up. You probably don't want the bad scenario when parents are coming and making mess in your shop. So don't make bad decisions. There is no place for any tolerance.
9. NO Alcohol & Drugs
Sounds great to someone, but definitely not for someone who owns a tattoo shop. Don't allow drunk and people under drugs to sit on you tattoo chair. The ending would be a life time regret.
10. Be available for your customers
Even when tattooing procedure is over and your clients went home happy, some of them want to ask more about their tattoos. It happens with a lot of people asking for advice after their first piercing or tattoo. Some, are having problems like allergies, redness etc. They react panically so your help is more than needed. Make sure that you have some visit cards with your mobile phone or even better - website where all the aftercare info is written so people could find it.
Remember, be nice with your customers and make even more!