"You get what you pay for, or don't pay for" Would you agree that if you work hard at anything, you should be compensated fairly? Many of the career and job fields today take years of schooling and preparation and when all is said and done, the pay back is having a skill set that is compensated financially. Tattooing is no different. Today, tattooing has become more mainstream and widely accepted in many social circles. Now days everywhere you look you can see someone with a tattoo. This has been both beneficial and challenging for the parishioners within the industry today. Lately, the increasing number of people who want something for nothing is everywhere . It’s no longer about the experience of getting a tattoo. Now, its about looking like your hottest celebrity and appearing edgy in some sense. Normally you would go to a shop, look through the decorative flash, speak with an artist and either set an appointment for a later date or get tattooed that day.
Today this is not the case. What seem to be more commonplace are people who are "shopping" for a price. "Who can give me what I want at a cheaper rate." Some of the blame can be placed on us as artist. It is our job to be as educated and engaged in our careers so we can better educate you as our clients. Since you are placing your trust in us to put something permanent on your body, it is best that we walk with you through the process of the experience. Before you sit in the chair and put needle to skin, you should take the time to look through the portfolios. Some reasons for this is because you can't judge a book by its cover and just because it’s a shop and not a garage does not mean that the people tattooing can do a quality tattoo. Also, it is in fact possible that your tattoo could be done by any of the artist in the shop, but maybe you are limiting yourself on direction and inspiration and by looking at the portfolios you may see more possibilities. Many artists today specialize in one or two of the many styles and so it would make more sense to see what artist would better cater to what you are looking for.
Last but not least, "Talk" with the artist. Communication seems to more sparse and disingenuous as we move into the future. The most crucial part of the experience is communicating with a living breathing person who will be doing your tattoo. There is much to be said about the current state of tattooing today and how the "client to artist" relationship can be improved and realistically we are aware that those who want something for nothing will not totally cease to exist. Our hope is just to put the knowledge out their that tattooing is more then just skin and ink just as people are more then just skin and bones. Here at Dinamik Tattoo our goal has always been about giving back more to the industry and community then we take. We hope to give people a lot more then just a momentary desire, but something long-lasting that is more then just a tattoo, but a relationship. You are a part of this. Thank you