Want to express yourself in a unique way? Or memorialize someone or something special? Whatever the reason, getting a tattoo is exciting! But with a new tattoo, there comes a decision — do you go for a spontaneous Internet-found design or something custom?
Well if unique and personal is what you’re after, you should choose a custom tattoo shop every time. But what makes a custom tattoo shop different from other shops that take walk-ins and often offer flash and off-the-Internet cliché tattoos? We’re glad you asked!
In this article, we’ll break down all the reasons why you should choose a custom tattoo shop for your next tattoo, and why you’ll come out with a tattoo you’ll love forever.
Firstly, what is a custom tattoo shop?
A custom tattoo studio, like ArtHouse, is where you get to make your individual tattoo idea come to life. Instead of pre-drawn designs, outdated flash or trendy Internet tattoos, you’ll find an artist who is there to welcome you and the creative challenge your project brings on.
Instead of steady traffic of people coming in and out of the shop at all hours, it’s just you and the tattoo artist during the time that is reserved for you, and you only. And instead of a trendy cliché just copied from the Internet, you’ll walk out with a one-of-a-kind, custom tattoo that you helped create.
At ArtHouse Tattoo, you’ll find exactly this and so much more. We pride ourselves on our boutique-style personalized service and on our level of professional expertise. We see tattoos as an art form, and we are passionate about tattoo history and legacy, as well as about much needed tattoo education.
Now, let’s dive a little deeper into why you should choose a custom tattoo shop for your next tattoo.
Why you should choose a custom tattoo shop?
1. Personalized service
In a custom tattoo studio, you’re not regarded as just another appointment or walk-in. Instead, you’re family and you’ll always be treated as such.
When you come for your tattoo, your session will always be private — this means it’s just you and the tattoo artist. Why’s this important? Because it means your tattoo artist is completely focused on you and your project. This also means your session can be completely tailored to your preferences, from the type of conversation, to the tattoo itself and even the kind of music played!
At ArtHouse Tattoo, we strongly believe in quality over quantity when it comes to tattoos. We don’t want you to feel like you’re just there for business, we want you to have an amazing experience that you are unlikely to get anywhere else. This is why you’ll always receive the highest level of personal attention and care.
So, when you get a tattoo from a custom tattoo studio, you can be rest assured that you’ll not only love your new piece of body art, but you will have gained a friend — your tattoo artist!
2. Your tattoo artist will work with you & guide you
At a custom tattoo studio, the artist is there to help you transform your ideas into a perfect tattoo — whether it’s inspired by Norse and Celtic tattoos , traditional Americana or Japanese style.Once you schedule a no-obligation consultation, you’ll have a chance to meet with your artist and discuss what you’re after in a very relaxed and casual environment. Now, don’t be surprised if you envisions one of the popular tattoo style and your artist advises against it or suggests another way of doing it. Your tattoo artist has years of experience and knows what will and won’t work (due to the overall quality, composition etc.).
A custom tattoo shop like ArtHouse will never pressure you into making an immediate decision. We want you and your artist to be in a complete agreement, and for you to love the idea of getting your custom tattoo, and to be looking forward to it. That is why, against common tattoo shop practices, we will advise you to consider a variety of options and to go back to the drawing table rather than persuading you to agree with the artist’s point of view and to jump into the project before you feel ready.
At ArtHouse Tattoo Austin we value our reputation and our unique business practices. By choosing a boutique style business model, we have fully committed to the quality of every project that comes out of our studio. When presented with a dilemma, we would rather decline a project than take it up knowing that it does not fully complement client’ body quality or design-wise or does not reflect the client’s idea in the best possible way.
Remember, the new tattoo you’re getting inked on your skin is a piece of wearable art and your tattoo artist wants you to love it.
3. You will get a unique, custom tattoo
Getting a custom tattoo is the best way to really show who you are through your body art. Plus, what better way to ensure you’ll love your tattoo forever than to have a hand in the design yourself!
We’ve written a guide on getting a custom tattoo before, but essentially the process starts with choosing the artist and then scheduling a consultation. You’ll be asked to bring in references that show the art styles you like and artwork examples that inspire you.
However, it’s best that you don’t bring in any pictures of tattoo designs that are already on the Internet. It’s super important that you and your artist can start fresh, and you’ll get a better custom tattoo this way.
Not sure exactly what you want, but have a general idea? Talk to your artist! You can have a relaxed, no pressure chat with them and they’ll work with you to visualize your tattoo. Plus if you need inspiration, you can also check out their portfolio.
4. Your tattoo will look great for years to come
When you choose a custom tattoo studio over any other tattoo shop, you’ll be getting the unmatched quality that can only be achieved through scrupulous attention to details and a personalized experience. This is because your artist will work with you to ensure that you are getting a tattoo that has a well-rounded composition, good readability and will age well.
Remember, your new tattoo is a work of art! Your tattoo artist wants it to be cherished forever, not just covered up or removed by a laser later down the track.
5. Private & sterile environment
In fact, this is one of the most important reasons to choose a custom tattoo studio: it is private, safe and sterile, as well as licensed and insured. Since the tattoo sessions are one-on-one, there’s only ever you and the artist there. In a post COVID-19 world less people in the studio and absolute privacy significantly reduces the risk of a potential infection.
At ArtHouse Tattoo Austin, we’re taking every precaution to keep you safe and healthy. A few things we’re doing include:
- Cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and work stations as well as anything that comes into contact with bodies.
- Using disposable needles, supplies and color caps.
If you’re in the Austin area and want to discuss a custom tattoo project, give us a call. We can’t wait to help bring your unique tattoo vision to life.