Basic Guidelines for Getting a Tattoo
Courtesy of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists

Choice of Tattoo Artist
This subject is probably the most personal of all aspects of getting a tattoo. If you’re considering a tattoo, find the artist that fulfills your needs art-wise as well as in professionalism, price and last but not least, personality. All of them should make you feel comfortable.
Picking a Design
Choose what you like! You have to live with your tattoo for the rest of your life. Discuss size and color with your artist to achieve the look you want. Sometimes it’s better to leave artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of your chosen artist.
Placement of Design
Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It is going to be there forever. If your concerns are for the sensation and level of discomfort involved, your artist should be happy to discuss these aspects with you.
Paying the Price
Absolutely don’t shop around for “the best price”. This is a trade in which you should see examples of the artist’s work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade to be bartered with; you pay an hourly rate for time and expertise.