I have been wanting to get another tattoo for a while now and finally decided to get “Mischief Managed” on my right forearm using the Blackadder ITC font. Over the weekend I went to dinner with a friend and on the way back I thought I’d stop at a local tattoo shop to research the tattoo artists there. I met Angie at Someplace Else Tattoo. She took a moment to pull up just what I wanted, gave me a price and time. Since it was under and hour, I decided to go ahead and get it. So here it is:
While I have been doing this for a while, this piece taught me some valuable lessons about expectations and being clear with the artist what you expect.
- Be clear about what you want. Even if you are going this is an “artists choice” be clear what you are hoping for.
- Communicate clearly what you want. The worst that can happen is the artist will tell you no or they cannot do as you ask.
- Get the money talk out of the way early.
- Be patient. The creative process is much different than a regular day job. It requires being in the right frame of mind and having the time to work their magic. If you want it done right, wait for it.
- Keep the communication open. I like to see a rough then a semi-finished before they are completed. The rough helps you and the artist get the concept down and the semi-finished gives you a clear picture of what it should look like before it’s completed and any adjustments are still relatively easy to make.
- Money will need to exchange hands.
- What medium does the artist work in?
- What character do you want?
- Is it a head shot, torso or full body?
- Will it be pencil only, inked or colored? If colored, do you want it digital, watercolor, ink, other?
- How much will it cost?
- About how long will it take?