Trying to find the best tattoo designer can be quite challenging unless you know someone who has the contact information of some of the best designers. The more common and generally, a more reliable way to find the best designer is through reference or by word of mouth. For example; referrals from friends or acquaintances, or getting in touch with people who get frequently tattooed and therefore, know the best designers. The ones who get recommended are known for exceptional work, and it is normal for them to be mentioned in comparison to those whose skills are below average.
If you don’t have the ability, or time to search for tattoo designers physically, the internet offers another source to find a good artist. You can look through their portfolio on the internet to see their custom tattoo designs, see what kind of response they’ve received for their work, and get a sense of how good they are by the amount of business they’ve done.
Never go by the rate that the artists charge for their designs. A higher rate does not necessarily determine the quality of a design. Instead, it is a good idea to check out their custom tattoo designs, the number and how frequently their designs are purchased, etc. If they have a strong following and offer marketplace designs at reasonable prices, it does give an indication of their quality of work.
Going online to a site that specializes in custom tattoo designs with hundreds of designers is probably one of the best ways to find the best tattoo artist. Register at the site and take a look at the design contests previously held to find out the winning designs and the designers who create those designs and eventually won the contest. This will allow you to judge the creativity of the designer and decide if their skill matches with what you expect from your designer.
There is usually a forum on the site from where you can pick up very useful information about tattoo designers if you take the time to read them. Sign up on a couple of good sites and get interactive with the tattoo artists about your ideas, preferences, their rates, the time involved and the latest trends etc.
When you join an online custom tattoo design site, you are joining a community where what is being done is taken seriously. You can get straight answers about the tattoo designers as well as have an access to their personal portfolios. Sometimes the artist is popular enough may have a website of his own from where you can get plenty of information. Some tattoo artists may have celebrities as clients that reflect their popularity as a pretty good artist. So, you need to do your homework and find out as much information as you can.