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Choosing the right Cosmetic Tattooist for you can be confusing. We are an unregulated industry, as such, we do not need/have to obtain certification to teach or perform our treatments. From my 10+ years tattooing experience, I have put together the following information and considerations to help you choose the right artist for you;


TIP #1

Ask to see their qualifications:

  • Do they have certificates of qualification?

  • Did they learn in a 3+ month course or a 1-7 day course?

  • Do they offer more than one technique? One technique does not suit all skin types.

  • Was it on-line or hands on?

  • When was it completed?

  • Have they continued their education since?

  • How often do they update their skills?

  • Do they have proof of further education?

TIP # 2

Must Haves

  • Do they hold current Public Liability and Medical Malpractice Insurance Policy?

  • Do they have certification of completion of an Infection Control course?

  • Do they have a current Council Licence for Skin Penetration?

TIP # 3


  • Evaluate the cleanliness/presentation of their rooms.

  • Are they using disposable needles/attachments? Ask to see.

TIP #4


  • How many colour options do they have?

There should be at least 10-15 colour options for lips, 5-10 colour options for eyebrows and 2-4 for eyeliner.

  • Are they using reputable pigments?

  • Do they know what is in them?

TIP #5

Are their documents and consent forms professional and organised?

Does it explain all information for and against cosmetic tattoo treatments?

TIP #6

Have they shown you a portfolio of their work?

Are you seeing healed or immediately after?

Do you like what you see?

TIP #7


  • Does the practitioner present in a professional manner?

  • Are they attentive and patient?

  • Do they listen well?

  • Do you feel rushed?

  • Are they pushy – wanting to do what they want

  • Do you feel like you can communicate well with them?

TIP #8

  • Do they specialise in the field, practising on a daily basis or do they do treatments occasionally?

I recommend consulting with at least a few practitioners, with consideration to the above list.

Do not select your practitioner based on price alone, cheap is not always an indication of a bargain.

After all this is your face, and this is a long-lasting treatment. Your artist should be selected based on evidence of past work, honesty, professionalism and reputation.

The bitterness of a poor-quality treatment lingers long after the sweetness of low a price is forgotten.


Thank you for reading; I hope it has helped in your selection.

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