HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COSMETIC TATTOOIST FOR YOU?
Choosing the right Cosmetic Tattooist for you can be confusing. We are an unregulated industry, as such, we do not need/have to obtain certification to teach or perform our treatments. From my 9 years tattooing experience, I have put together the following information and considerations to help you choose the right artist for you;
Ask to see their qualifications:
- Do they have certificates of qualification?
- Did they learn in a 3+ month course or a 1-7 day course?
- Do they offer more than one technique? One technique does not suit all skin types.
- Was it on-line or hands on?
- When was it completed?
- Have they continued their education since?
- How often do they update their skills?
- Do they have proof of further education?
TIP # 2
- Do they hold current Public Liability and Medical Malpractice Insurance Policy?
- Do they have certification of completion of an Infection Control course?
- Do they have a current Council Licence for Skin Penetration?
TIP # 3
- Evaluate the cleanliness/presentation of their rooms.
- Are they using disposable needles/attachments? Ask to see.
- How many colour options do they have?
There should be at least 10-15 colour options for lips, 10-15 colour options for eyebrows and 2-4 for eyeliner.
- Where are they getting their pigments from?
- Do they know what is in them?
Are their documents and consent forms professional and organised? Does it explain all information for and against cosmetic tattoo treatments?
Have they shown you a portfolio of their work? Are you seeing healed or immediately after? Do you like what you see?
- Does the practitioner present in a professional manner?
- Are they attentive and patient?
- Do they listen well?
- Do you feel rushed?
- Are they pushy – wanting to do what they want
- Do you feel like you can communicate well with them?
- Do they specialise in the field, practising on a daily basis or do they do treatments occasionally?
I recommend consulting with at least a few practitioners, with consideration to the above list. Do not select your practitioner based on price alone, cheap is not always an indication of a bargain. After all this is your face, and this is a long-lasting treatment. Your artist should be selected based on evidence of past work, honesty, professionalism and reputation.
The bitterness of a poor-quality treatment lingers long after the sweetness of low a price is forgotten. Thank you for reading; I hope it has helped in your selection.