How to Email a Tattoo Artist: I am looking to get a tattoo and I want a unique idea, so I’m going to email a tattoo artist. What is the best way to go about this?

How to Email a Tattoo Artist

Below are some questions that I think will help me get started:

Questions

  • What is the minimum age requirement for getting a tattoo?
  • Do you offer online consultations? If so, how much does it cost? Please provide details.
  • Why should I choose you over other artists?
  • Can you provide me with a portfolio of your past tattoos, please?
  • What are the costs to design a tattoo and how long does it take to receive the tattoo?
    How much does each session cost? Please be specific. Is there a deposit required for large or multiple sessions? Do you design the entire tattoo yourself or do you collaborate with someone else when designing tattoos for clients (if so, who)?
  • Would I be able to request specific artists if I’m getting my tattoo done at your studio? Or would I have to wait until someone is available that day/week/etc.
  • What is the cost for a cover-up/redo?
  • Does it hurt to get a tattoo? What are the best ways to alleviate pain while getting a tattoo?
  • What happens if I get my tattoo and I don’t like it when I see it in the flesh (no pun intended). Is there any way to have it fixed or removed without scarring and/or leaving permanent damage to my skin? What kind of aftercare should I do while waiting for my tattoo to heal?
  • Can you recommend any good artists in my area that specialize in similar styles?
  • When should I expect to receive a reply from you (i.e. within the next day, next business day, etc.)?

Tips

Using the tips below will make sure that your message is read and responded to in a timely fashion.
A tattoo artist will get hundreds of emails each day; make yours stand out from all of the others so that they remember you. Make sure you follow these tips.

1. Be Professional:
Have your email written in a professional manner. It is going to be one of the first things the artist will see, so make sure that it is legible and easy to read. To help with this, ask a friend or family member to read over your email before sending it out to ensure that it is easy and pleasant to read.

2. Be Professional with your Spellings:
When you are in doubt about how to spell a word, look it up! If you can find out what the proper spelling is then do so, no matter what time of night it may be when you send out your message.

3. Have Your Information Ready:
Keep in mind that a tattoo artist will have to go through your entire history (or that of the person requesting their tattoo) if they want to create the perfect design for you. When sending out your email, make sure that you have all of the important information at your fingertips both for them and yourself.

4. Be Professional when You Ask Questions:
Be honest and tell the artist exactly what you would like; they know what their work is about so just let them do their thing and trust them with it. Make sure to ask questions too since a lot of people don’t know much about getting tattoos.

5. Be Professional when You Accept Their Answer/Work:
If you do not like what you are being offered, then say so! Try to ask a lot of questions just in case you are not satisfied with the artist or the work.

6. Be Good to Them:
Listen to what the artist says about their work and make sure that you are willing to go along with it. Remember, they will be doing your tattoo for a long time so be sure that you like their style and opinions on things. Don’t argue too much with them since they have been through this many times before and know the details about how each piece should be done.

7. Be Organized:
A lot of people have trouble getting organized with the material that they want to send the artist; if this is you, a great way to get around it is to create a folder and store all of your correspondence and information in it. When you are ready to send out your email, just print it out from there and be on your way. This will save you a lot of time and searching for things that you may have lost over time. You can also include a follow-up form that includes questions like any special requests you might have, names and dates, or anything else that will help the tattoo artist understand exactly what you are looking for in your new piece.

8. Follow Up:
Once the tattoo artist has finished your piece, ask about the next step you need to take for your piece to heal. Most artists will tell you that it can take at least a week before they will send you pictures of the finished piece and that there may be some swelling that occurs when the new skin grows along with stretch marks. If you are happy with how the tattoo looks, then be sure to follow up with them.

9. Keep in Touch:
If your tattoo is healing well and according to your satisfaction, it is time for them to come out and see how it is looking well after two weeks or so; this gives them further an idea of what would work best on you. Also, if you are naturally in the area of the artist, then check in with them so that they know that you appreciate their work and will continue to contact them for all future pieces.

10. Be Careful What You Ask For:
If you request a piece that is inappropriate or offensive towards others, then you will most likely be shot down by the artist and have to start over with someone else. If you are unsure about your idea, then try to keep it simple and ask the artist if they can modify it into something a little more traditional.

11. Be Patient:
This is gonna take a while. The best thing you can do when you get something like this done is wait a little bit and see how it will heal on your body. In some cases, if your tattoo heals too fast, you could get problems like infections or with swelling. I have seen people still have swollen tattoos after a year without ever contacting their artist again; it’s no fun to have to be on the phone all the time for something that took six minutes to do. Also, try not to get too upset over certain things that go wrong with your tattoo; just let it heal and they eventually will go away on their own.

12. Be “Sassy”:
You gotta have a sense of humor about this kind of thing, or it can get really frustrating. I’ve seen people cry over not getting what they wanted, or how ugly it looks now that it’s healed. If you are upset about something that the tattoo artist did, try to remember that they are only doing their job and that they had no idea what you were looking for.

13. Do Not Complain:
If you find yourself complaining a lot about things like this, then try to take a step back and look at the situation as objectively as possible. You may just end up wasting some of your time and not getting what you really wanted out of the whole process; instead, try to remember that it’s not an easy thing for the artist to do, especially when they probably didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

14. Do Not Complain About The Price:
Most artists do their best to provide you with your tattoo at a fair price. If you find that you are treated unfairly or you are overcharged, then this is a perfect opportunity to shop around and see if there are any lower cost artists available in your area.

15. Take Care Of The Tattoo:
Most importantly of all, try to remember that after you are all done with the process and your tattoo is healed, is that it’s something that you have to keep up with. As an example, if you want a colored tattoo, then make sure to protect it from the sun. If you don’t want it anymore because the meaning changed for you or because someone ruined it for you, then go ahead and get a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.

16. Tattoos should be a part of our permanent record. Everyone will have them, so they should remain for the rest of your life as an important reminder of that time in your life. Even if you hate the way your tattoos look or you can’t tolerate the pain, it is important to remember that there’s no going back so save something from your past and leave it on you for as long as you can. This is a great way to honor hard times in your life and make sure to save something special as a reminder.

17. You can always change it. If you want, and if there’s no meaning behind them anymore for example, then consider getting a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.
18. Most importantly of all, try to remember that after you are all done with the process and your tattoo is healed, is that it’s something that you have to keep up with. As an example, if you want a colored tattoo, then make sure to protect it from the sun.

19. You can always change it. If you want, and if there’s no meaning behind them anymore for example, then consider getting a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.

20. If you want, and if there’s no meaning behind them anymore for example, then consider getting a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.

21. Tattoos should be a part of our permanent record. Everyone will have them, so they should remain for the rest of your life as an important reminder of that time in your life. Even if you hate the way your tattoos look or you can’t tolerate the pain, it is important to remember that there’s no going back so save something from your past and leave it on you for as long as you can. This is a great way to honor hard times in your life and make sure to save something special as a reminder.

22. You can always change it. If you want, and if there’s no meaning behind them anymore for example, then consider getting a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.

23. People will see your tattoo for the rest of your life, so they should remain for the rest of your life as an important reminder of that time in your life. Even if you hate the way your tattoos look or you can’t tolerate the pain, it is important to remember that there’s no going back so save something from your past and leave it on you for as long as you can. This is a great way to honor hard times in your life and make sure to save something special as a reminder.
24. You can always change it. If you want, and if there’s no meaning behind them anymore for example, then consider getting a coverup tattoo or even removal (if possible). Just as many things in life are meant to be temporary, so are our tattoos. It’s essential to remember that this is something permanent; even though we live in an age where people change their minds very quickly about things.

25. When I ask people how they met their significant others, I’m usually met with a lot of laughter and often the response saying something like: “We were friends for a really long time.” This is why meeting more than one person at once is important if you’re hoping to find your future spouse.

Why Email a Tattoo Artist?

Tattoo artists have evolved over the years and most now fully embrace the advantages that technology provides!

Off the bat, you need to realize that tattoo artists generally answer emails outside of work hours. So, consider first whether visiting the shop in person is something you can make time for as that’ll likely get you answers and details quicker than email.

In most situations, even if you’ve communicated via email, the artist will need to see you before they officially book you in. This is pretty unavoidable if you want a quality tattoo from a quality shop, so keep that in mind when you email. Exceptions to this rule include out-of-towners or people traveling to get the tattoo.

If you’re looking to get a small, simple tattoo, you can go to the shop and see if they do walk-in appointments. Advanced booking and emailing aren’t usually required in this case.

Source: authoritytattoo.com

The Email Basics

The good news is that the information included in an email will also be necessary if you consult in person. Most of the advice below applies to both situations.

Generally, the rule of thumb in digital communication is to consolidate the information, so it’s easy to access again when they need it. Be clear, concise, and provide all the information that the artist will need in your email.

Source: authoritytattoo.com

Inquiry Email

It’s polite to send an inquiry email first to find out if they’re accepting bookings . They may not be. Some artists are so popular that they book out months, or even years in advance. If you really want to go with a specific artist, be prepared to wait, and don’t assume that they’ll be able to fit you in right away.

Subject Line

Keep the subject line of your email clear so that your artist doesn’t have to wonder what you want or struggle to find the email again. Try labeling it with something like:

Tattoo inquiry

Tattoo booking

Appointment request

Personal Details

Make sure in the email that you give all the information about yourself straight away. Provide your:

Full name

Email

Phone number

Without coming across as too heavy, be upfront about any anxiety you have around getting a tattoo. Experienced artists will know how to deal with any limitations you may have, but only if you tell them.

Schedule

Send your schedule so that the booking process can be facilitated. Depending on the job you work, maybe you have restrictions on hours/days off, or have flexibility but need notice. Including these details will help them give you an appointment that they’re comfortable with, but that also works for you.

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