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What to look for

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We love tattoos, its our life. But we want to protect customers from cowboys. Below are some examples of good and bad tattooing—giving you some specific idea of what to look for when choosing your artist.

Caveat emptor (Latin) = Buyer Beware!

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Compare the line work. Compare the shading. Compare the solidity of the colour.

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Compare the smoothness of shading. No hard lines on the right, which is a good portrait.

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Compare the linework. Compare the propotions. Both dragons are unfinished but the quality difference is clear.

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Two Squaw tattoos in a traditional style. The one on the right has solid smooth lines, solid colour and good facial proportions.

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Two panthers. The one on the right has solid colour which is well used so we can see the facial features, which are lost on the left.

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