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Same headache - who should I trust with my tattoo?

  1. 1. ==== ====Download Tatto Piercing & Designs,%20piercing==== ====The eternal search and 26 tips of how to find a good tattoo artist:There is nothing really new happening on the market, after I wrote about amputations and aboutmagnet implants. The newest thing is called "Brain Piercing". Unfortunately I cant write about it atthe moment since Im still doing some research on the subject, this way I will be able to write anarticle worthy of all of you.But, I thought that my latest experience was very interesting, not very extreme, but so far the mostinteresting tattoo Ive got. Thinking about the few rejections that I had I thought that many peoplemight go through the same problem. So I decided to make it public.For the last few years I had this idea for beautiful a tattoo. It was supposed to be a line of mirroredphoenixes starting on my neck following down on my spine down to my tail bone.Easier said than done I guess...So a few months before my 34th birthday I started to look for an artist to do the work. As manypeople know, Brazil is a well known country in the tattoo industry. We have really greatprofessionals down here.So here Im with the project, but because Im very picky as to who will tattoo my body, I could onlychoose a hand full of professionals among hundreds. From many portfolios that I saw I thoughtthat only those guys would be able to do a decent job out of my very full of micro details idea.From those five ultra qualified professionals none wanted to do the tattoo. All of them told me thatit was literally impossible. And the only one that was going to take the challenge, because I didagree to make the phoenixes a bit larger than what I wanted, had a family problem.Time passed, I became older and no tattoo. For my tattoo addicted friends and readers, Im surethat I do not have to explain the feeling, but for the people that do not have the tattoo "bug", I cansay that it is really frustrating. It feels more or less like you have spent months gathering themoney to go your favorite group performance, and exactly on the show day the band decided tosplit up for good.So here I was with the ticked and no show, or better saying with the drawing and no artist.The other day while I was walking on the street I saw a small tattoo parlour. And being so devotedto get my body covered with phoenix images I thought about stopping there for a couple ofminutes to check out his work.The worst that could happen was I would meet another wannabe. Actually the market is full of
  2. 2. them. Most of the tattoo artists around are not that great. After I finish this story I will add the guideof how to find gold between pebbles.Going back to the tale: I went inside the studio and there was this, let me please state the obvious,tattoo covered guy. His name is Flavio Vandroiy, I hadnt heard about him at all, but once I wasthere I decided to give him a shot, he had a client waiting, so our first contact was brief, but eventhough, to my surprise, he was very attentive.Now, if you know a few renowned tattoo artists you will understand that more and more the popstar idea is truly affecting our fellas. Boy, most of the time it feels like they are part of the royaltyand are doing you the favor of looking at your face, even if only for five minutes of their precioustime. Please note that there are some exceptions, one of them is the lovely Pierre Chapelan,whom, many years ago, I had the pleasure to being tattooed by while I was living in Montreal.I checked out one of Flávio Vandroiys portfolios on paper and after analyzed his workbetter through his website. The work looked pretty good. His tattoos were signed by steady andclear lines. Then I saw a picture of a tattoo that was very small and full of details, I analyzed it forabout one hour looking at every single detail. After that I thought that he would probably be able todo a good job out of my drawing. I sent him an e-mail with the image of my phoenix attached, aftera day he sent me an honest reply. He told me that the drawing was quite small, but he would takeup the challenge.So we got the image on my back and of course I complained about the position. He patientlyerased the drawing and did it again. Even if I was pleased with the position, I thought about tocomplain just to see his reaction. But there was no need to do it; he told me that he could bechanging it up until I was happy with the placement. So I kept quiet. I hate to push nice willingpeople. If he was a jerk I would probably had changed the position another couple of times.He did an amazing job, out of something that many thought to be impossible to accomplish. Oneof the nicest things about this guy is that he is humble enough to tell me that after we finish all thephoenixes we will have to go back and do some touch up on the images that he thought could bebetter done. I did agree with him, some of the birds faces, if you look at a picture taken with themicrometric of a camera, are not identical.I have many tattoos, made by many hotshots in the industry, including my very special first tattoothat was made by Marco Leoni himself. Even if it is an old tattoo; I got it when I was a pre-tee andit did suffer quite a bit with stretch due my growth and the thousands of times that I put it throughthe monstrous process of leg waxing, it still here, not as pompous as it was once, but every time Ilook at it, I know that this old phoenix helped me to became who I am.The truth is that Im in love with this new tattoo; so far it is really the best quality small work thatIve seen. If you look at it from far it looks like the finest and most delicate lace that you can buy.Ok, after my narcissistic story I will, as promised, add a few tips on how to know when a tattooartist is good or he is just another self proclaimed tattooer with the artist title. Notice thatinternational prizes even if prestigious are judged not in the artist daily work. The prizes are givento artists based in only one work, done once during a competition. I considered it as very smallsample to be worth of a prize, if you take in consideration that many tattoo artists do betweenthree or four tattoos in studio a day.1)Of course the studio must be clean and the material properly sterilized, the artist must wear
  3. 3. gloves all the time, and the ink should be poured into small containers, avoiding contamination ofthe material.2)Look at the artists portfolio very carefully, not only to appreciate it; you will be searching for verysmall imperfections.3)The lines on a tattoo have to be smooth, jagged lines and shaky lines are a big no go.4)The color has to be well applied through the entire image, without leaving empty spots.5)The way in which the artist uses and combines colors is also very important. Especially if youare looking for the water-color effect.6)Big tattoos are easier to master than small tattoos. Even if the sleeves and the full backs getmore attention, small tattoos are much more complicated to make. So while looking at the artistsportfolio, check out his small and more detailed work. A good hint is to look for some tattoos ofbirds and check out the feathers and the birds face.7)Also pay attention to the work that the person does when reproducing cartoon characters. Thiskind of reproduction is very complicated due the amount of details, the perfect thickness of thelines and the coloration.8)If the price is an issue on the size or the type of the tattoo that you are getting, I suggest youwait and save some more money. It is better wait and to do exactly what you dreamed about thansettle for less.9)You have to get along with the artist and not feel intimidated by him. A good artist will allow youto give your input and will not feel offended by a comment or a suggestion. Remember it is yourbody and you want to enjoy every second of the experience.10)Many people have the idea that the tattooer has to be crazy, always high and someone in linewith a dark figure. It is a myth; many of those artists are lovely, sometimes married and oftenproud parents. If you suspect that the artist is under any substance influence, or has anyaddictions you should think before allowing him to work on you. It is a well known fact thatalcoholics and junkies have problems with shaky hands.11)Also respect it when the artist gives his honest opinion. If you dont agree just try to findanother person to make the tattoo. This way you will avoid to feel like the work was not properlydone due to personal reasons.12)If you choose an image from a catalog, and want to do some changes on it, a good artist will dothose changes with pleasure, and will not complain if you want more changes on it on when thesketch is already redone, of course you should know where to draw the line between some morechanges and be unreasonable, dont forget this person makes a living out of making tattoos.13)A good professional is not always the one that just makes a tattoo properly, to do a proper jobis an obligation of a good professional. To me a good professional has to make the client aware offew details about tattoos.
  4. 4. 14)If you are a woman, and want to have kids, a tattoo on your stomach or on the lateral of yourwaist line, no matter if horizontally or vertically, might not be a good idea; it will stretch due thepregnancy and loose some of its beauty.15)Again if you are a woman, it might not be a good idea to get a tattoo during your period or whilein the PMS process. Due some hormonal changes you will be more inclined to feel pain or worse,the healing process can be compromised.16)Every tattoo when fresh looks great. The artist should remind you that what you see is whatyou get, for a while. The ink will fade away. Of course you can delay the process taking good careof it, but eventually, it will fade and partially lose some of its beauty.17)The black ink after few years will become bluish. There is no way to avoid it. To fix the coloryou will have to retouch the tattoo. You can also try to understand that it is a part of your body andsuch as it has the right to age. In my case I do not retouch my tattoos. To me my tattoos are partof a moment lost in the past, and because they are memories they will tend to fade with time.18)While big and bulky tattoos will only have the color fade problem, small and very detailedtattoos, will lose the sharpness on the details, and often will look like if they were poorly done.19)It is a good idea to get a tattoo during winter. During the summer you will have problems withthe plastic bandage; it will keep the tattoo constantly moist. The moist can delay the healing,opening a window for infections. The healing process will also be very, very itchy.20)If you cant avoid getting a tattoo during the summer, be ready to use of antihistaminic pills.They will come handy.21)If you must to scratch the tattoo, it is better if you pat yourself. Never use your nails.22)Dont drink or use drugs before getting a tattoo, it wont ease the pain and alcohol can actuallymake you bleed more.23)Depending on your line of work a visible tattoo can be a problem. Something that one day Ihope will change, but so far, if you are one of those professionals, try to make a tattoo in a placethat is easy to hide while you are wearing any kind of clothing.24)The hardest thing to say is; never do a tattoo because it is fashionable, or because your idolhas one. A tattoo is something personal. It will be with you every single day of your life. It is muchmore difficult to get rid of one than to get rid of an ex-spouse.25)When choosing the image for a tattoo, choose something that means something to you. Sure abutterfly is lovely so are flowers, a cute star on your wrist is very sexy. But how will you feel aboutthem when you are sixty?26)And last but not the least. Never get a tattoo on impulse. There are many other things to dowhen you are bored, if you need a "quick fix" try to get a drastic hair change or buy some newclothes. Tattoos are something to really think about. Something to be seen and carried as art. If
  5. 5. well thought and well chosen the process of getting a tattoo, can take years to happen, but it candefinitely change your entire life.Article Source: ====Download Tatto Piercing & Designs,%20piercing==== ====