We all got to get a tattoo for the first time in the famous local salon without thinking what kind ofsalon it is, including me.
Without thinking, I jumped on the first show whose reputation landed in my ears. But I didn't think about the way he is held, the style of his tattoo artists, and the feedback frotattooed people there…
I didn't think about it when I did my second tattoo – including you can find the story here – if theprice is reasonable, the tattoo artist's sense of technique, if he is in order, etc… Also now a daytemporary tattoo online custom is very common and popular, well.
And above all, I had not asked myself the question of this distinction between a public room anda "private room".
Two years later, the question torments me and I tour the salons in Bourges to discuss withtattoo artists and learn more about their practices.
Public salons, real tattoo shops
There are tattoo artists in "public" salons who most of the time have a window, a "storefront"
which makes them visible to pedestrians in the city. In general, these tattoo artists have a schedule divided between, on the one hand,appointments, advice and discussions and, on the other hand, tattoo sessions.
Often times you can go into the store during the day (that is, take a walk-in) and ask questionsof who is available to answer, even if a tattoo is in progress.
These fairs generally offer a very good availability to discuss and discuss the project. InBourges, the city where I am at the moment, the shops like those of Bourges Artistic Tattoos or
Foxhole Tattoo are an excellent representation of this: the window is decorated, attractive andreveals a friendly atmosphere, the artist’s work and are ready to welcome you to advise you andestablish a good customer relationship. While public shops are the most traditional version of the tattoo shop, they are also the most
accessible, anyone can access them without an appointment and you can get a tattoo at thesame time as another customer. Thus, we can quickly lose privacy, have the impression of asignificant back-and-forth or a "factory" effect due to the sequence of sessions. With the 2010s, the number of tattoo artists, salons, and especially tattooed ones skyrocketed. This craze for tattooing has created opportunities for artists from all walks of life, but also madea big leap for tattoo artists who pay little attention to the needs of clients. My advice is simple:enter these shops and see how the current is flowing, it's the best way to take your temperatureFirst place. Do not hesitate to ask for a book or a book of flashes to see the work andthe style more closely.It is sometimes thought that private tattoo parlors are the most common. However, I havealready had the opportunity to get a tattoo in a private salon several times. There are manymore private tattooists than it seems.
Private salons, the cocooning version of the tattoo
“I really have to know the type” -Greg, Bourges Artistic Tattoos they are more discreet, lessfindable, more intimate. These tattoo artists who welcome us on a time reserved for us aregenerally passed on to posterity. They are artists whose work has already been recognized andwho often already have a good client base. Some welcome in closed places, such as inapartments or in rooms of their houses.
Others tattoo in shops which overlook the street but which do not welcome visitors in any way,like Bop ‘John, whom I had the pleasure of meeting.
According to his explanations, the organization of private salons is divided between the timeslots reserved for making an appointment, and the rest of the time dedicated to tattoosessions. These fairs give priority to the time allocated to discussion and to setting up a uniqueexperience for the client.
Victims of their success, tattoo artists in "private shops" are very popular, have less availability
and charge higher prices on average, so you must be prepared to wait a bit and plan a decentbudget before realizing your project. . But don't be in a hurry, be patient. Your tattoo will only bebetter in its aesthetics and its realization.
The real difficulty, when you do not know it, is to know who are the tattoo artists of quality anespecially, those who are declared.
Yes, the private salon represents a real breach for illegal tattooists, who therefore do notrespect the legal rules of taxation and hygiene. Above all, be vigilant! Do not hesitate to checkthe tattoo artist on his social networks to appreciate the quality of his work or on sites like findmy tattoo
Tattoo conventions, a pilgrimage for tattoo artists
Stands. Artists. Visitors. A large space.We see lots of things there, we even discover more.
This is a golden opportunity to refine your knowledge, get in touch with tattoo artists based indifferent cities and why not take the plunge.
If you haven't made contact with the artist before, you can only get the flash tattoo on location,which obviously limits the choice. You may have already heard of the Mondale du Tutorage, butknow that other conventions are multiplying all over France and are of interest to more andmore people.
The atmosphere is festive and emulation positive thanks to lively exchanges and collaborationswith clients and sometimes multi-artists.
Even if I can understand that we can be tempted by the magic of the moment, the question ofhygiene disturbs me because I have the impression that the working conditions do not allow torespect the necessary sanitary rules. It all starts with the place which is not as well suited as the
salon, the privileged material for reasons of circulation or conviviality, in short, my discussionswith the various tattoo artists that I have met lead me to believe that "conventions are asnegligent about hygiene as they are friendly”.
It goes without saying that this is only my opinion, but I would personally prefer to takeadvantage of a convention to discover artists, get in touch with them to discuss and get to knowtheir work, before making myself a tattoo artist by those I covet. Later during a guest in my cityor a trip that I would organize.
In conclusion, when you do not really know about tattooing, you are quickly lost and you do notnecessarily know how to find the right tattoo artist in your city between open so-called publicsalons, tattooists in private salons and those who come in conventions. What should be remembered is that public lounges are the most accessible to neophytes, evenif there is a risk of sometimes feeling like at the factory.
Tattoo artists in private salons are often highly prized for their technicality and the time theydevote to developing clients' projects. However, to have an appointment with tattoo artists, youhave to be patient because availability is not always very close. Special attention also to be paidto illegal immigrants who tattoo without respecting hygienic or legal conditions.
Finally, the Disneyland of tattooing, namely the conventions in the various cities of France andNavarre are an excellent spot to discover new artists or even your next tattoo, but devoid of anyprivacy, seem a little limited in terms of hygiene. , despite a great atmosphere that createsconviviality and emulation.
For writing this article, I deeply thank Foxhole Tattoo, Banshee Tattoo, Bourges Tattoos Artisticfor their time; more than pleasant and constructive discussions.