Watch Out For These 3 Common Lies About Tattoo Designers

Every day more and more people are deciding to be tattooed. Now that you have your idea of what your custom tattoo design should look like, all you need is to find the right tattoo designer to draw your design. With the increasing demand for creating tattoo designs, the tattoo industry has become a home for con artists where the main goal is just to make money. In light of this, let us have a look at some untruths told by tattoo designers just to get a job.


In the tattoo industry, experience is one of the key things that will ensure an artist or designer does a high quality job. Yes, folks, practice makes perfect, but that does not mean that a newbie in the business could not provide quality work. What you need to do is ask for the background of the tattoo designer and check it out; ask to see a portfolio or do a background check yourself.

If a designer hesitates to answer some pertinent question regarding his work, chances are, they are trying to fool you. A good tattoo designer usually exhibits his true work of art.

It's Too Complicated

One common mistake by a person who wants to get inked is, believing that what the designer first suggested looks good on them. If a designer tells you that the old ways are the best, chances are his or her skill and knowledge are limited. If they tell you that your design is too complex, then you'd better find another designer. A true designer can make the most simple and most complex tattoo designs.

A real tattoo designer is willing to create a design based on their client's needs. Although they may suggest technical details to improve your own idea, do not lose your personality in the process. Remember you are the one wearing the tattoo and it is an extension of your character not the designer's.

Too Quick, Too Expensive

If you are new to the tattoo world, the chances are you have no idea how pricing is done. Some con artists when they see that you are eager to have a design, charge you a rate much higher than it really costs. A true tattoo designer can tell if your design is simple or complex in detail. They also provide details on size, color and the part of your body to ink. They just do not say “I can do this in 30 minutes at such-and-such a price.” Beware of tattoo designers like this. A great tattoo designer takes time to do the work, not rushing it. Also never let a tattoo designer dominate you. Some are too impatient and are only interested in making money.

Getting a tattoo is great; just take your time to find the right designer who will come up with a perfect piece of art. Asking important questions is never a bad thing. Keep in mind that your tattoo is you and that it will last you a lifetime.

Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world’s largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.

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