If you're looking to get a tattoo, you've probably thought long and hard about the design. You may not have taken as much consideration about the practicalities of what going to the tattoo studio will be like. Knowing tattoo shop etiquette will make both you and your artist happier, and ensure a pleasant experience for everyone.
Different tattoo studios have different cultures. So rules around music, number of friends, and other client requests will vary. But there are still a handful of general rules to follow when you make your visit. The etiquette basically follows the golden rule. "I believe you should treat everyone with respect and as you’d like to be treated," Jason Ackerman, Resident Artist at SOHO Ink, tells Bustle. Don't be rude, and don't disrespect your artist, above all else.
Moreover, the moments you share with your artist aren't just about getting a task done. There's a lot of interpersonal considerations to take into account. "Once you decide to get a tattoo, choosing the artist and the shop is more important than you may realize," Lisa Barretta, author of Conscious Ink: Mythical, Magical, And Transformative Art You Dare to Wear, tells Bustle. "[...] Getting inked is a very intimate experience. The tattooist understands that you are placing a permanent image onto, and into, your body." Being mindful of this will help the experience be more worthwhile for both you and the artist.
Here are seven interesting pieces of tattoo shop etiquette that everyone should know, according to experts.