Tattoo Shops in Richmond

When it comes to getting a tattoo, you have a lot of options. There are many different ways of getting a tattoo, different styles, colours, designs and a vast number of artists to go to. Finding the right artist and the right tattoo shop for what you want is one of the most important things you could consider for a tattoo. Lucky for you, there are a few top artists and tattoo shops in Richmond, so you will surely find just the one for you!

Many believe that a tattoo should have a special meaning to you personally; and of course in a way this does make sense, because if it has some important meaning in your life then you’re much less likely to ever regret having gotten the tattoo. However, they don’t need a meaning – if you want to get a big tribal tattoo on your back, you don’t need to make up some story about how it has some deep, personal meaning in your life to justify to the artist why he should give you that tattoo. He probably doesn’t care, it’s your body and your choice.

Sometimes, an artist will turn you away, but in most cases that’s because the idea you came forward with is just terrible. Not even just that it doesn’t have meaning, but that it is offensive to people or plain stupid and your artist doesn’t want to be the one taking the blame when you suddenly can’t get a job because of your ‘rad new ink’. Still, getting a great tattoo in Richmond should not be difficult – if you go at it the right way!

So – what should you be taking into account when you do want to get a tattoo?

1) Why do you want the tattoo?

It’s fine if you want it because you think it’s cool, or you think it will make you feel more beautiful. But if you’re getting a tattoo because all of your friends are, then you probably should reconsider. Usually, the tattoos people get as part of a kid’s dare just turn out stupid anyway. If you’re getting a tattoo it should be something YOU want personally, something you’re going to want on your skin for the rest of your life.

2) Where do you want the tattoo?

Before you even know what you want, you should have an idea of where you want it. The space you have to work with and the location often has a big impact on the design of the tattoo itself, so it does make an excellent starting point. Consider your pain tolerance – some places are much harder to get tattooed than others for this reason alone. The ribs, feet, hands, neck, head and spine are generally considered the most painful, but everyone tends to experience pain a little differently, so think about your own pain tolerance.

Additionally, consider your job. There may be consequences to the sudden appearance of a visible tattoo. Even if you work in a tattoo friendly environment you should consider whether or not you might want to move your career to a less tattoo friendly office in the future.

3) What do you want?

As tempting as it might be to be cool and get something huge across your body – don’t. You aren’t going to impress anyone with that, and you’ll probably struggle to find an artist willing to do that. Start by considering the space available, and the location – then look around at tattoos and pick out something you like. Don’t just copy them, because most good artists don’t like that and you won’t end up with something unique to you. However, if you want a unique, custom design, just put together some images and designs that you like, and discuss it with your artist – a good artist will often come up with a design idea a hundred times more awesome than anything you had even considered.

To find inspiration, you can browse through thousands of tattoo designs here!

4) Who’s your artist going to be?

Not sure which artist to choose? I know that problem; there are just so many fantastic artists out there, it would be amazing if we could have work from all of them – but there’s simply not enough skin on the body. Forums, Google, Tattoo Blogs and Facebook will help you to find some amazing tattoo shops in Richmond. You will surely find one you’ll love within a reasonable distance from you. When you’re selecting the right artist for your needs, you should look closely at the styles they tattoo in most and the general theme of their work. Some artists thrive with more gruesome looking black and white work, while others specialise in vibrant, colourful styles. You should find an artist that works well with the style or subject you’re looking for from your tattoo.

5) Can you wait?

One problem with picking a great artist: they’re usually popular. And popular artists are in high demand. Even if you manage to have a discussion with them right away, they might not be able to book you in for the tattoo until weeks or months after your initial meeting with them. And even then your tattoo may require multiple sessions, spread over months if not years.

Going to a less popular or well known tattoo shop in Richmond can help getting the tattoo done quickly. The more flexible you are, the more likely you are to get things done quickly. Think about saving up some of your holiday time from work to take days off when you need to for your tattoo. Also, be prepared for the price! A good tattoo isn’t cheap, so take the time to consider how you’re going to pay for it. Often, the price of the tattoo is one of the reasons they take so long to work on, particularly the larger, more intricate tattoos from some of the bigger and more popular artists.

Finally – Go to your tattoo shop in Richmond!

When you have decided what you want, where you want it and which tattoo shop in Richmond you go to, it’s time! Go get your tattoo! If you are still not sure, just go there anyway and sit down with the artist – they will be more than happy to assist you and answer your questions!

 

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