Need to find a shop?
Recently moved and new to town? Need to find a shop? With tattoo shops popping up on every corner in America, how do you find what shop is the best for your needs? Another Tattoo caught up with Daron James owner and piercer of Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo. They have two locations in Asheville and Marion, NC to serve all your needs.
Here is what he had to say:
I know personally from moving around a lot from state to state the best way to find a new shop or artist is by word of mouth. Most collectors love to show off their ink and will give referrals to local shops.
Back in the day “Google” was a great source but recently other shops have used it as a weapon to publicly slander other shops and try to paint a bad picture of them. These days I would say find a local magazine (i.e.. mountain express) check their website for who has been voted number 1 or even for ads ran by local shops. Usually, legit shops are the only ones who have a strong enough clientele to afford legit advertising. Look at shops websites! Usually, all the artists at that shop have their work on their sites be sure to match that work with their in-house portfolios to make sure they are not stealing others photos. All in all though yes , word of mouth is the best form of advertising , always will be.
After finding a shop I always look online for the artists work and ask in person for their album, to see if this is the artist for me. Any other method you would use to judge their work?
I think that just about nailed it honestly.
I think walking into a new shop for the first time – the front staff can make or break the deal. How do you make your customers feel welcome as they walk into your shops?
Always always always have a knowledgeable front staff , presentable is never a bad idea as well. They are the first person you see and usually the last. You want that to be a lasting impression.
One of the first things I look for after walking into a new shop is how clean it is, I feel if the waiting area is dirty or unclean it’s time to leave. Agreed?
Absolutely, I agree with you 100%. The health dept looks for things but usually, that is clean room and artist booth-specific . Some shops do an “about face” right when the health dept is scheduled to come in , they don’t always maintain the clean atmosphere after they’re gone, unfortunately.
Any other thoughts or words of wisdom you want to pass on to our readers?
Tattoo Conventions ! 🙂 You have everything right there in front of you artists, shops, portfolios, artwork, clients, etc… Always my favorite way to choose a tattoo artist 🙂
Make sure you check out Diamond Thieves online and stop by their booth at the 2nd Annual Asheville Tattoo Fest. They are one of the main sponsors for this event.