Why Tattoo Art Consultations are Important
A tattoo art consultation is important to our process because it gives the client a chance to communicate their ideas and a chance to build a tattoo artist/client relationship. Now let me first clarify that not every tattoo that you get will need an art consultation however, there are several that do such as, larger tattoos i.e., backpieces, sleeves, etc. and cover-ups. This is your opportunity to interview your artist, ask lots of questions and ask to see portfolios.
What Happens at the Art Consultation?
At the tattoo art consultation you get the opportunity to explain your tattoo ideas. You can do this several ways:
- bring in reference material
- pictures of other tattoos you admire
- any artwork
- anything to help get your point across
You must understand that I will never reproduce another tattoo artist's work but, I can use the material to gain an idea of the look you are trying to achieve.
Placement and Size
your tattoo to be placed in the most flattering position and area on
your body. Size is also a big factor in your tattoo
decision because it can really make or break your tattoo. I just want you to keep in mind that you may want to expand in
the future and I don't want the size or placement of your tattoo effect your future plans.
Deposits and Fees
Finally, at the end of the tattoo consultation I ask for a deposit and in some cases an art fee. The deposit guarantees your seriousness of the project and your tattoo appointment. Your deposit goes towards the first hour of your tattoo time while art fees are an additional charge. Art fees apply to large custom drawings which sometimes can take 20+hrs of research and drawing time on my part.
If you do not give me at least 48hrs notice for appointment cancellation, I reserve the right to keep your deposit. (I am sure you can understand that I don't want to get stuck with a day of no work and no one to fill your spot. I lose income.) Of course, if you do give me ample notice I will gladly reschedule you and your deposit continues to go towards the first hour of your tattoo.
If you want more detailed information on how to get the "Perfect Tattoo" I would suggest checking out the article provided by Off The Map Tattoo Studio. This article has extensive information about the tattoo process and is written by very well known and respect tattoo artists in the industry. You can read the article here.
I hope that this gives some light on the subject of art consultations. I want to ensure that you get high quality tattoo work that you will never regret. Please let me know your thoughts on the subject and how I can make the process better for you. Thanks!