Getting a tattoo : how to pick a design and artist?
March 7, 2014 2:11 PM Subscribe
After years of careful consideration, I've finally decided to get a tattoo. I know what I want to get, but I don't have a specific design, and I don't know which tattoo parlor to go to. How do I find these things? I live in SF, but would be willing to travel for a really, really good artist.
posted by evil otto to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
For the past 12 years, I've known that my spirit animal is the caterpillar. I've wanted to get a caterpillar tattoo, but I've held off for fear I would regret it. I've finally decided to go for it.
The only important part is that it actually look like a caterpillar. So, fairly realistic. I guess it could look a little cartoony, but definitely nothing like the Disney Alice In Wonderland caterpillar or anything goofy like that. I want it on the side of my upper arm, facing out. I think that's the deltoid?
Is it a good idea to have a design ready before I go into the tattoo place? If so, where should I find this design? Could I find a picture somewhere and print it out? What's the average "DPI" of a tattoo? Could I use any old photo or drawing as a source? Or is it better to use a drawing created by an actual tattoo artist? Is there someplace online where I can go and say, "Hey, can someone please sketch me some ideas for a caterpillar tattoo?" Apologies for the n00b questions -- I'm super new at this!
As for the other part of my question : how do I pick a tattoo artist/parlor? I'd be interested in suggestions on how to find someone, as well as recommendations for specific artists. I live in SF, but I'd be willing to travel for an amazing, kickass artist. (I've heard there are good artists in PDX and LA?) In any case, I'm willing to spend a fair amount of $$$ on this; after all, this is going to be with me the rest of my life.