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How to choose my tattoo artist?

How to choose my tattoo artist?

Before going under the needles

The appearance of the tattoo in recent years has contributed considerably to the development of the tattoo profession, there are more than 5.000 in France according to the SNAT (French National Syndicate of Artists).

However, it is clear that when it comes to tattoos, talent is not ambiguous, and that behind the word "tattoo artist" there are very heterogeneous levels as well as different styles and universes.

In this article, we will discover some good practices to adopt so as not to make mistakes when choosing your future tattoo artist.

Knowing how to recognize a good tattoo

For some, the feeling is the first of the arguments to choose their tattooist. Unless you don't care about aesthetics, it will be difficult to encourage you to apply this rule. Even if, of course, having a good feeling with your tattoo artist is important, the most important thing is to appreciate their work.

Here are some tips that will allow you to appreciate - objectively - the quality of the work that your tattoo artist does.

Line of work

It's about drawing lines. When it comes to tattoos, it is very simple: the lines must be regular. This is the basics, but still not that simple! Linework is, therefore, the regularity of the lines that will determine the contour of your tattoo. In fact, this is where your tattoo will start. So learn to observe the contours of a tattoo, to see if the lines are of regular thickness, if they are straight when they should be. That's the beginning, Padawan!

Also, let us clarify something important: we often hear that knowing how to make a straight line is the basis. So yes, it could be, but that doesn't mean it's easy. When in doubt, grab a pen and try to make a straight line on a piece of paper. Now imagine that the tattoo artist has to do this, but with a dermograph and on the skin. All this to say that in tattooing, the slightest achievement requires a lot of work (and talent)!

The line and the tattoo

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Let's take two tattoos that have been purposely acclaimed on Facebook (not in the same proportions, but still). On the left the lines are uniform, the tips sublime, and it almost gives the impression that the tattoo was done in pencil. On the right, it is less obvious. Some lines are fickle, the lines are irregular, the symmetry imperfect. This is not an eyesore, but looking closely you realize that the tattoo is full of blemishes. FYI, and it's not a bad thing, it was done by a tattoo artist who is liked by almost 3,000 people on Facebook.


A beautiful shading makes beautiful tattoos! They are found in all tattoos and they are not easy to get either. Simply put, beautiful shading is characterized in two ways: a gradual evolution of clearly defined hues and contrasts.

the shadows on the tattoo

This time we have selected two tattoos with antipodes to accentuate the nuance. One is very successful, with soft and gradual shading, various shades of gray and very marked contrasts. The other has shadowed badly, there is no shadow and we can only distinguish two colors different in the rose.

Saturation and brightness

In colorimetry, saturation refers to visual sensation. In tattoo we can translate it as follows: are the colors light? Regular? Dense? It is very simplified, but it allows you to quickly understand the concept. Here are two examples of good and bad practices!

saturation and brightness in the watermark

This is not the type of colors that matter, but its consistency. In other words, it does not matter if the colors are bright or subdued, what is needed is that they are “full”. This is the case of the tattoo on the left where the colors are dominated and provide an almost special texture to the tattoo. On the right, it is much less clear. Lacks saturation (the color does not have the same intensity).

Which studio to choose?


Most tattoo artists have a specialty. You will also have to define the style of tattoo you want to achieve and contact a tattoo artist specialized in the genre. You can usually love the work of a great old school tattoo artist, but if you want to get a portrait tattoo (realistic tattoo), you don't need to apply.


Below are two examples of renowned tattoo artists in their specialty. On the right, Greg Briko, an old-school tattoo specialist. On the left Nikko Hurtado, specialist in realistic tattoos. If it's two sizes, don't have one do the other's work.

En , we offer a search engine that allows you to filter based on a style. This will allow you to make a first filter before looking in detail at the work of the tattoo artists that may interest you. You can also browse our Facebook page , It will also help you get their attention!

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The distance to go to find the right tattoo artist

In France we are fortunate to have enough talented tattoo artists not to have to cross the country to find, in the style that suits you best, a tattoo artist capable of performing your tattoo. This does not mean that you have to go to the tattoo artist on the corner of the street under the pretext that he says "specialist in this or that style" in the window of his studio.

With that said, you may have featured the work of a particular tattoo artist who lives across the country. In this case, take the time to contact them first to explain your situation. Many tattoo artists are "guests" in France and abroad, that is, they take their bags for a few days and move to another studio. So it is possible that the tattoo artist in question comes to prick you in your area during the year, and that he has space to take care of your skin! Also ask about the convention program. The conventions are meetings of tattoo artists and are open to the public. There are all year round and throughout France. The best known being Le Mondial du Tattooin Paris and the Cantal ink in Chaudes-Aigues. But hey, there are many conventions , And in almost all the cities of France!

Well, it may sound like a ship, but you will keep your tattoo for the rest of your life and if the above solutions don't work for you, it might be worth investing in train tickets and possibly a hotel night to get stung by the tattoo artist. of your choice. Take it as a weekend getaway and a chance to discover a new region!


This is a Important topic to which we usually dedicate articles. And here are two rules that we recommend that you follow: never work with a tattoo artist at home (by home we mean those who come to your house; not to be confused with tattoo artists who work in a private studio), and not afraid to enter a study to inspect the premises.

Finally, know that your tattoo artist must wear gloves when stung and that the equipment must be sterilized or disposable. If these conditions are not met, take no chances, go on your way. It should be noted, however, that the vast majority of French tattoo artists are impeccable in terms of hygiene, and that the hygiene and sanitation certificate is mandatory for every tattoo artist. TattoosAndFashion now provides this precision.

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Traps to avoid

Now you will have to look at as many tattoos as possible to get used to them and quickly recognize a good or bad tattoo. But there are nonetheless some pitfalls to avoid before committing!

Communities in social networks

Do not trust the Facebook community of the tattoo artist whose work you are viewing. First, because with advertising, many pages are artificially inflated, and second, the most followed jobs are not necessarily the best. Keep in mind, for example, that the artwork tattoos featured at the top of the article are made by tattoo artists with over a thousand followers on Facebook (including those to be avoided).

Union members

Being unionized does not mean having talent. The French tattoo unions are doing an extraordinary job, especially compared to our European neighbors, but they do not select their members based on qualitative criteria. So make no mistake: being unionized doesn't mean being talented.

However, keep in mind that SNAT imposes on its members a charter in which the tattoo artist agrees to respect current hygiene regulations (although French law requires it) and to produce creative work. . It is not enough to break all three legs of a duck, but it is already better than nothing.


As we told you before, a quality tattoo is relatively expensive. Relatively because more than a month's salary hurts, but throughout life it is nothing! Prices They vary according to several criteria: the qualification of the tattoo artist, of course, their geographical location, the prices are not the same in Paris, in the provinces or in the countryside (you will not notice the rents either). The tattoo artist's own estimation of his work also comes into play.

In France, many tattoo artists work part-time. It generally varies between € 60 and € 150 according to the aforementioned criteria. But care ! Just because a tattoo artist charges € 150 an hour for a service doesn't mean it's good!

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