Tattoos - Some people hate them completely, while some consider it to be a new type of fashion trend. Whatever, the significance of tattoo as a fashion statement is growing day by day. Tattoos are no longer considered to be a sort of branding for gangs or religious groups, though in some countries like say Japan for instance of full body tattoo is always associated with the Yakuza ("the Japanese Underworld").
If you need to get a Tattoo inscribed on your body, a Tattoo shop is the place to drop by. Because of the tremendous influence the Tattoo culture has, these shops will most probably be present in almost every city or town.
There are however some rules to follow and some consideration to be given to the below mentioned criteria before venturing into any Tattoo shop:
· Skill of the artist: You don't want a badly drawn tattoo. Even if the original design that you selected looks good, its inscription by the tattoo artist on your should match as well. Choose a well known name or somebody whom you personally know to be a good artist. Just because somebody has a Tattoo Gun in his hand, doesn't mean that he/she is a good artist.
· Sterilization / Hygiene Practices: Most Tattoo shops these days sterilize their equipment by using appropriate methods. This not only reduces the risk of skin infection but also ensures general hygiene. Some Tattoo artists also use latex gloves while inscribing a tattoo. Personal hygiene of the artist (something as basic as washing their hands properly etc) can also be observed.
· Ink Quality: Ink quality used ranges from mediocre to the best. The best ones are usually those which may be government approved and tested. Such inks are certified to be safe for application.
· In some countries a basic knowledge of the health risks and safety practices as well as a certificate from an appropriate authority may be necessary for an artist before he/she opens a Tattoo shop.
Not all Tattoo shops may pass on these criteria. The choice of a Tattoo shop should therefore be a well thought of and researched decision. Apart from these, the specialization of the Tattoo artist, his /her overall experiences as well as the cost are the other factors that have to be considered before choosing any Tattoo shop.