Questions To Always Ask Your Artist Before Getting A Tattoo

Getting your first tattoo can be exciting and overwhelming. Let's face it, it is probably one of the most permanent things you have ever committed to. You might want to get tatted because you saw your favorite celebrity on Instagram has one, or you may want to permanently mark yourself with a favorite quote or song lyrics you think you will love forever.

One of the most important things to consider before getting a tattoo is its meaning (via Tat Ring). There is no "right" reason to get inked, but it is extremely important to know why exactly you want to sit in the chair. After all, it lasts forever. If you're thinking you can get it removed if you don't love it, you probably shouldn't get it in the first place. 

You can also benefit from checking out your chosen artist's social media to see what kind of work they have done and are good at, per Authority Tattoo. Spend time researching options before settling on an artist. A trustworthy one will ask for a proper form of ID. Only go to those who prioritize paperwork because you don't want to end up in the hospital or as a tattoo horror story. Once you've made a decision, here are some important questions to ask before your appointment.

Ask your tattoo artist these questions

Once you have chosen your perfect tattoo, it is critical to meet with the artist and have an honest conversation about the process. An appointment can take anywhere from one to several hours. You can ask if it is okay to bring a friend (via Read Inside Out). You'll want to know about the healing timeline, too; it can take weeks (via Healthline).

According to Tat Ring, make sure to ask about the total cost, which doesn't usually include a tip. Tattoos are expensive, so you want transparency about your budget and expectations. You expect a completed tattoo, not a half-finished one because you can't afford the final product. Also, clarify the method of payment they prefer before walking in.

Everyone can call themselves a tattoo artist, but you only want to trust your skin with a skilled and licensed professional (via Authority Tattoo). Check the studio for an up-to-date license; if you don't see one, Self strongly recommends asking about it. Good artists work for years to build a portfolio. Talk about their experience and check out their work. Also double check what their specialty is. A good artist will be honest about their strengths and weaknesses.

Did you know that tattoo ink is not FDA-approved yet (via Self)? Before injecting the colored pigments into your body, talk about what ink they use and ensure none of the ingredients are on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Toxic Substances Portal