What to Look for in a Tattooists Portfolio
Just as important to finding the right tattoo design for you is finding the right tattoo artist. To find the best tattoo artist for you it’s important to have to look at different tattooist portfolios. It may help to view the portfolios online, so you can spend your own time looking at the work in your own time without the artist looking over your shoulder.
The portfolio is NOT where you look for a design that you want but the quality of the work you see and the style of tattooing.
My top tips are as follows.
- Firstly I look at the line work of the tattooist. If you can’t see it clearly in the photograph the tattooist may be trying to hide something. Pay particular attention to the lines – are they smooth or are they bumpy?. The lines should not vary in their thickness (depending on the design). When lines are tattooed with different pressure the depth is changed as the line continues and this changes the thickness of the line.
- Are the colours solid where it is supposed to be? If colours are blended is there a smooth transition between the colours?
- Is the proportion and position of the tattoo on the body pleasing to the eye, is there symmetry in the positioning and does the tattoo work with the contours of the body?
Tattoo artists usually would put their best works in their portfolio so if you see anything in the portfolio that concerns you then this should set off your alarm bells because you can imagine the work that hasn’t gone into their portfolio.
I have also found through my years of experience is just because something is cheap it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be the best – far from the truth. A tattoo is an investment and should not be based on the cheapest option you may well regret it in years to come. That’s not to say a more expensive artist is going to be better than a cheaper artist – that’s why viewing multiple portfolios of different tattoo artists is so important.