Small tattoos, first timers and what to expect

Small tattoos can indeed be a delightful way to fulfill a spontaneous desire, showcase your unique style, or even establish a special bond with friends. Here are a few factors worth considering before taking the plunge.

You can have fine lines and beautifully delicate small tattoos. We just need to keep in mind that not all tattoo designs translate well when done on a small scale. Never allow yourself to be persuaded by an artist into getting something that doesn't truly resonate with your own comfort level. Nevertheless, it's equally important to trust the artist's guidance when it comes to determining the appropriate size for a specific design. 

Another factor to bear in mind is the placement of your small tattoo. You may have come across stories of artists being reluctant to tattoo certain designs on specific body areas. The primary reason behind such hesitations is the quality of the skin and the fact that different parts of the skin may retain ink differently. This means that what might work perfectly on one area might not work at all or yield optimal results in another. Explore the possibilities and limitations with your chosen artist, as they can provide valuable insights based on their experience.

Remember, when it comes to small tattoos, Your artist will listen to your preferences and concerns while offering their professional expertise to ensure your satisfaction. Together, you can create a small tattoo that not only showcases your personal style but also stands the test of time.

Getting your first tattoo can be both exciting and overwhelming. We understand that you may not know where to start, but don't worry! We're here to help. We've put together a few simple suggestions for first-timers like you, so you can relax and prepare for the best experience possible.

So, our first suggestion is for you to do a little research on the artists available to you. Take the time to browse through their portfolios and see who resonates with you the most. Look for someone you feel comfortable with, both professionally and artistically.

Keep in mind that many tattoo artists have different specialties and skill sets. Some may excel at intricate designs, while others may specialize in realistic, freehand, or cultural tattoos. Finding an artist who matches your desired style or needs is an important decision to make. You want someone who can bring your vision to life and create a tattoo that you'll be proud to wear.

Once you've narrowed down your choices, don't hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with your preferred artist. During this meeting, you can discuss your ideas and expectations, as well as ask any questions you may have. Clear communication with your tattoo artist is the best way to ensure that both of you are on the same page before starting the tattooing process.

Remember, getting a tattoo is a personal experience, and it's best to choose an artist who understands and respects your vision. By doing your research and finding the right match, you'll be setting yourself up for a positive and fulfilling tattoo journey. So take your time, trust your instincts, and enjoy the exciting adventure of getting your first tattoo!

Simon (aka. GOTH SAUSSAGE.) is a younger artist working hard on developing his style and portfolio, You can see in his work he has great dedication and care for his work. He has a gentle nature and is up with all the current tattoo trends. Simon is the perfect artist to look after the more silly and fun side of tattoo requests and has a wonderful way with our younger clients. He also holds in his heart a huge respect for diversity, personal sensitivity, and individual expression, Often available for walk-ins and is always willing to do up custom artwork , work from your design or his huge collection of hand-drawn flash designs.  

Veiw Simon's work and make contact here Goth Sausage Tattoo  

 If you have chosen to be tattooed with Shelldon, you can rest assured that he possesses a very diverse skillset and 30 years of experience across many techniques and styles.

he can work well from the ideas you have to create a unique hand-drawn design from scratch or collaborate with you directly using modern design techniques to build a fully planned out reference to work from using photographs and references. 

 Ultimately he believes in capturing your essence and translating your stories and expressions into unique and personalized tattoos. beyond surface-level artistry; he dives deep into the realms of imagination and visualization, creating tattoos that are not just beautiful but also meaningful.

Whether you're seeking a traditional design, a contemporary piece or something more unique. Shelldon has the expertise to realize your tattoo aspirations. His diverse background in various tattooing techniques and styles ensures that he can cater to a wide range of preferences. So, if you're looking for an empathetic artist who will go the extra mile to create a tattoo that truly resonates with you, look no further than Shelldon.

View Shelldon's work on the home page.

Text and calls  and walk-ins always welcome  

preparation for your appointments.  


It's important to have a clear idea of what you want when you arrive for a tattoo consultation. However, it's best to be open to input and suggestions from your artist. They are skilled in visual thinking and image creation, so being open and collaborative can lead to an amazing experience.

If you're unsure about what you want, don't worry. Many artists can be inspired by fragmented or incomplete visions and can offer wonderful suggestions to help create a clear outline that suits you. Keep in mind that some artists may feel uncomfortable in these situations, and are wonderful guides, while many are not so it's essential to be patient and understanding. In our studio, we use the principle of a Japanese tea ceremony where one speaks and directs while the other listens and absorbs. this is then followed by the second person clarifying what they have received then suggesting their ideas and giving further input. this giving of control back and forth agreements and removing ideas results in both having equal input until an understanding has been reached.  Ultimately knowing you are not obliged to continue if don't come to an agreed design or approach. 

Above all, remember that the consultation is all about you, your preferences, and making clear decisions. Your artist will gather applicable permissions from you on how to bring your vision to life. So, embrace the collaborative process and enjoy the journey towards getting the perfect tattoo that reflects your unique style and personality.

On the day of your tattoo 

On the day of your tattoo, it's important to consider a few things to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. First, be mindful of the duration of your appointment and plan accordingly. Make sure to arrive as relaxed as possible or take a moment upon arrival to forget the outside world and be present to what is about to take place.

 Additionally, ensure that you are well-hydrated, properly fed, and well-rested. These factors can greatly influence your comfort during the session.

You may also want to bring along some items to keep yourself entertained. Consider packing snacks, a packed lunch, a book, or some headphones. Tattoo studios often have a more or less social or intimate ambiance, and many artists have preferences for open or limiting conversation or playing music that helps them stay focused during long periods of work. 

When it comes to the positioning of your tattoo, think about what type of clothing will be suitable. It's always a good idea to inquire beforehand if there are any specific clothing recommendations from your artist. Additionally, if you have any personal comfort items like a pillow, you can ask if it's acceptable to bring them along. However, most tattoo studios provide everything you need to ensure your comfort during the process.

It's also important to be aware that in some cases, partial nudity might be required depending on the placement of your tattoo. If this is a concern for you, make sure to come prepared with appropriate coverings and keep your personal comfort level in mind. Remember, your comfort and satisfaction are key, so don't hesitate to communicate any concerns or questions you may have with your artist beforehand.

Be sure to have discussed financial obligations or limitations and have payment methods available to pay your artists. 

Follow up appointments 

Large scale work may require multiple sessions to complete, so it's important to consider creating a plan that includes as many necessary appointments as needed. These sessions can vary in duration, allowing for healing time and ensuring regularity in your tattooing process. Additionally, it's crucial to acknowledge the financial commitment that comes with larger tattoos.

Many artists offer quotes for smaller jobs, while larger tattoos may be charged at either a session rate or an hourly rate. Keep in mind that customers often sit for long sessions, sometimes up to 8 hours, with around 6 hours of actual tattoo work done in a day. While it is possible to schedule multiple consecutive days, it is not often recommended due to the strain it may place on your body. Alternatively, shorter sessions scheduled more regularly might be a better fit for you.

Your artist should be able to provide an estimate of the total cost if they work on an hourly basis. However, please note that estimating tattoo costs accurately can sometimes be challenging. Therefore, it is important to take this into consideration when planning your tattoo journey. Your artist will work with you to find a schedule and payment arrangement that best suits your needs.

A note about the more creative and adventurous souls 

I'd like to take a moment to mention and recognize the significance of freehand tattooing. Freehand is a technique utilized either for an entire tattoo or to connect existing pieces together, fill odd gaps, or incorporate backgrounds in and around more elaborate designs. This method is widely embraced by many free-spirited and creative tattoo artists. with above-average drawing skills or solid confidence in their unique brand of self-expression. It involves using marker pens to directly draw on the skin, substituting, embellishing, or even replacing the application of a stencil.

If you agree to this method, it's awesome to let go relax and trust the process, as many artists produce their best works in this manner. The initial drawings created during freehand tattooing are often more general in nature compared to a typical stencil. your artist will explain what his intentions are and gather that final permission to begin. The design is finally refined and applied at the end of the needle during the actual tattooing process. In certain cases, an artist may request to work freehand, as they believe it to be best in the situation or the most authentic way to create that particular tattoo.

By discussing freehand tattooing, we recognize the unique artistic approach and the trust that must be placed in the tattoo artist. This technique allows for greater freedom of expression and creativity, resulting in truly personalized tattoos.

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