If you've done any people-watching lately, one trend seems more popular than ever: tattoos. Gorgeous, colorful designs are sported by people from all walks of life. If you're inspired to go under the needle anytime soon, it's important to be aware of the warning signs your tattoo artist isn't good so, if necessary, you can take your business (and your skin) elsewhere.
For what it's worth, you are far from alone in desiring a tattoo. According to Support Tattoos and Piercings At Work, approximately 42 percent of American adults have a tattoo. As the art form continues to grow in popularity and acceptance, so do the number of tattoo artists willing to ink your skin.
There's a significant amount of creative, talented tattoo artists that create quality work every day. As an art form, tattooing has a long history of apprenticeships that often involve years of careful training and oversight. Mastering a trade such as tattooing in this way often produces respectable results, as noted by Live About.
Unfortunately, though, not everyone who wields a tattoo machine is producing quality work, or has put in the time to obtain the skills necessary to create beautiful pieces of art. Pretty much anyone can buy a machine and start inking, regardless of artistic talent. Visiting a dedicated, professional tattooist at a clean, well-run shop is crucial. Read on to learn what signs should send you running for the door.