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How to Pick a Tattoo Artist

If you are looking for a tattoo artist in your area, start your search by asking around, visiting local shops, and connecting with artists via social media. Here's a list of things to consider when choosing the best artist for your next tattoo project.


5 Safety Questions to Ask Your Artist Before Getting a Tattoo

Before you get inked, it's never a bad idea to investigate your chosen artist's sanitation techniques and safety tools. This protects you and them, so don't hold back!


40 Cool Tattoo Shop & Parlor Names

Having a tattoo shop name that is truly unique and stands out can mean the difference between a customer walking into your doors or passing you up for the next shop!


Sailor Eddie of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo, Philadelphia

Video and photos of Ed Denny, aka "Sailor Eddie," owner of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo of Philadelphia, PA. Sailor Eddie has over 42 years of experience in the field of tattoo art.


How to Find a Tattoo Artist and Get a Good Tattoo

Not all tattoo artists can do amazing work. Learn how to tell a good artist from a not-so-good one and how to get a great tattoo.


Tattoo Machine Mechanics

In this article, I will review tattoo machine mechanics for you to better understand how to operate your equipment.


Sterilization Procedures in Tattooing

Each state has specific sterilization procedures that need to be adhered to, but here are some sterilization basics for cleaning your equipment.


Standard Stretching Techniques for Tattooing

The 3-point stretch. In this article, I will be talking about the various ways to stretch the skin while tattooing and useful ways that will help you improve upon that necessary skill set.


How to Create a Tattoo Portfolio for an Apprenticeship

If you want to be seen as serious by a potential mentor, you have to put together a strong portfolio. Who knows, you may land the apprenticeship if you do it right. Here are some examples of good and bad tattoos for your book.


So You Want to Start a Career in Tattooing: Here's How

The first step to becoming a tattoo artist—even before the apprenticeship—is learning how to draw, specifically for the human body. This article covers just that.


Step-by-Step Tips for Tattoo Power Supply Connection

I share my tattooing expertise here and offer tips on how a power supply machine works and how to choose one, use it, and tune it like a professional.


How to Set Up a Tattoo Machine for the First Time

I am not going to beat around the bush: If you don't set up your machine properly, you can't tattoo. Here are the steps, with photos, of exactly what you need to set up and adjust your machine to get started.


Beginning to Tattoo: What Equipment Do You Need to Be a Tattoo Artist?

Learn how to get started and what type of equipment you should have when you are first beginning to tattoo. The right equipment and proper sanitization are the two most important things to keep in mind when you're just getting started.


Tattoo Apprenticeships: How to Get One and Why You Need It

There are five steps required to become a professional tattoo artist, and becoming an apprentice is one of them. Learn what the steps are and why they're important.


How to Tattoo: Drawing Exercises for Aspiring Tattoo Artists

Lots of talented artists become interested in learning how to design tattoos. Read on to learn what you'll need to know before you start turning your art into actual tattoos.


How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

One of the most common questions is, "How much is my tattoo going to cost?" The short answer is: It depends! Here's how to accurately estimate the cost of your tattoo.

You are a guest in the tattoo establishment, so act like one

Tattoo Parlor Etiquette

In this article, I discuss how to properly conduct yourself in a tattoo parlor.