Tattoo artists offer their best tips for getting a tattoo you’ll love.

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Tattoo artists offer their best tips for getting a tattoo you’ll love.

Have you decided to take the plunge and get tattooed for the summer? You won’t be on your own.

But, even if you have the perfect design in mind, how can you know if it’ll be something you’ll adore for the rest of your life? Will that be the result of your post-lockdown YOLO attitude?

If you choose a design that you later regret, tattoos can become a pricey mistake, but there are a few things to consider to help you choose a design that you love – and that will last.

We spoke with a number of tattoo artists to get their best advise on how to get long-lasting ink…

Do your homework.

“During lockdown, most individuals have had adequate time to think about their preferred design, and you’re now undoubtedly desperate to rush to your nearest tattoo shop,” explains Alessandro Melas, Astrid & Miyu’s resident tattoo artist.

“However, in order to be entirely confident in your inking, it’s always a good idea to do some study on the correct artist. I would highly recommend searching on social media for inspiration and the linework you desire – as each artist has their own flare and particular style.”

Discover your personal style.

“We’re extremely spoilt for choice nowadays of wonderful tattoo artists, especially being able to find them so readily on social media sites like Instagram,” says Keely Glitters (@keelyglitters), who works at Valentines Tattoo Studio in Royal Leamington Spa.

“Rather than going to someone who does a little bit of everything, locate an artist who specializes in the style you enjoy. That way, your artist will have greater creative flexibility with the concept you’ve provided them, and you’ll obtain the best piece of artwork.”

Look through the artist’s tagged photos.

“The beautiful thing about Instagram is that it’s like an online portfolio – but as well as looking at an artist’s feed, I’d recommend checking out their tagged photos too,” says London-based tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent (@rebecca_vincent_tattoo). “This way you can. (This is a brief piece.)

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