Portland Tattoo Parlors: Look around and you see ink. Lots of ink. Tattoos have practically become mainstream in Portland, Oregon as our fine city is often recognized for her high number of "tattooed hipsters". But its not just hipsters getting tattoos these days -- many people of many different walks of life gravitate to body art as a form of self expression.
It shouldn't surprise you that tattoo artists are, well, artists. Some better than others and nearly every single one specializing in one or more 'specialties' such as tribal, traditional Japanese, Americana and so forth. Find the artist who best suits you and the tattoo or idea you want. Tattoos are for life. Choose carefully.
Portland Tattoo Parlors 101
We've learned a lot from our own experiences and want to help you get the best possible tattoo. Here are some suggestions on finding the best Portland tattoo shop and designing a tattoo that you will love.
Tattoo design: Step one is deciding what you want -- you can find a picture or sketch out ideas on a theme that interests you. For instance, I wanted a hummingbird, in flight and near beautiful vibrantly colored flowers. I looked at pictures of hummingbirds and found one that had the color characteristics I liked. I then noted flowers and colors that I liked. I noted other desires such as "feminine", "good wing definition" and so on. When I met with my tattoo artist the first time, I handed him my notes to help him in creating a design that suited me.
Size and placement: You'll probably know where you want the tattoo and maybe how large. A good tattoo artist will help you place the tattoo in such a way that your body naturally 'holds it'. Your artist will also help you determine size-- high amounts of detail might sound like an awesome tattoo but fine lines too close together will not age well. A good artist will help you find the balance of detail. Their goal should be to help you design a tattoo that will withstand the aging of the body and the inevitable damage of the sun. All tattoos will fade over time -- you will need to protect yours as much as possible and accept that crisp fine lines will dull some over the years. Protect your investment. Sunblock is your friend.
Find your Portland tattoo artist: If you see someone who has a great tattoo, ask them for the name of the Portland Tattoo parlor and the artist. Most tattoo artists find new clients based on recommendations. Do a little research on the shop and the artist -- Yelp is a great place to start.
Scheduling: Most of the really good Portland tattoo parlors are booked out well in advance. You might have to wait several weeks to several months for your appointment. Walk-ins are possible but aren't likely in high quality shops. Don't expect that they will schedule you over the phone either -- they will want to discuss what you want so they can schedule you with the right artist.
Care: Its pretty simple: keep it clean (anti-bacterial soap) and hydrated (lotion). Follow the instructions of the tattoo artist carefully and you should not have any problems. Use non-scented lotion and do NOT apply sunblock or sunscreen until the tattoo is fully healed. Fully healed means no longer flaking- which is usually around two weeks post-tattoo.
There you have it! If you want a great tattoo, you're in the right place. Portland has some great artists who are very well respected.
Portland Tattoo Parlors
Disclaimer: The following is a list of some of the higher rated Portland tattoo shops based solely on consumer reviews. We are not affiliated with any of these tattoo shops. We highly recommend you do your research before you select your Portland tattoo parlor. Tattoos are for life and there are definitely potential health implications. Buyer beware. There, we said it!
Electric Cobra Tattoo Club
Tigerlily Tattoo and Designworks
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