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Criteria of a Good Tattoo Shop

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

If you need to get a tattoo inscribed on your body, a tattoo shop is the place to drop by. Because of the tremendous influence the tattoo culture has, these shops will most probably be present in almost every city or town. There are however some rules and criteria before venturing into any tattoo shop:

Style
Drive by any tattoo shop, and you’ll see that they have very distinct styles. These styles usually translate to the work that they do best. If you see a shop with paintings of the moon, sun, wolves, etc., it will be your best bet for more traditional tattoos. A shop with sailors, pin-up girls, and various monsters, you’ll know they do more alternative tattoos. If you don’t like the style of the shop from the outside, don’t waste your time walking in the door.

Flash
Once you go in a promising location, look around. How much flash art is on the walls? This makes a huge difference, depending on what you’re looking to get. If you want something simple, like a cross or a ladybug, look for a shop with a lot of flash art. You’ll have a better chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for, without having to get the artist to draw it up for you. If you have a large or intricate piece that you have pictured in your mind, avoid flash art. No flash art on the walls equals a custom shop. You’ll pay more, but you’ll also have exactly what you want. And, best of all, it will be original.

Cleanliness
Look around for cleanliness. Are the floors clean? Walls? Counter-tops? Trash taken out? If the answer is no to any of these, turn around and leave. This can make the difference between a good tattoo and a nasty infection. If the employees aren’t willing to clean the shop, then there’s a good chance that they don’t have the obsession with cleanliness that every artist worth their salt should have.

Portfolios
So the shop has passed all the previous tests. Now, you’re ready to find the artist best suited for you. Ask to look at the artists’ portfolios. These are collections of pictures of their best work, and sometimes include art. Look at the lines, the coloring, and the style. Pick an artist that matches the style you’re looking for. If you’re looking for an old-school style, don’t go with an artist that does amazing Asian-influenced work.

Word of Mouth
At the end of the day, the best way to find a good shop is word of mouth. Ask people with great tattoos where they got them done. You will find that people become very devoted to particular shops and artists (I’ve flown from Colorado to Alabama just to be tattooed by my artist). If enough people have wonderful work from one shop, it’s probably a good tattoo shop. Would you recommend a restaurant where you got sick? Same goes for tattoo shops.

If you follow these five simple rules, you will end up with a tattoo you won’t be embarrassed by. However, make sure that you truly love what you get. It will be with you for a long time, and that butterfly flying through a sea of stars on your lower back may not be so cute 45 years from now. But at least it’ll be done well, as long as you pick a good tattoo shop.

Tips for Buying Oil Paintings Online

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Investing in art for your home or your business can be exciting, but if you are not sure what you are looking for it can also be a complex and exhaustive process that requires a lot of time and research. There are so many art styles to choose from and if you choose to buy an original oil panting art, it can be a very expensive experience as well.

One way to save money and make the whole process of buying oil painting a lot less stressful is to buy from a reputable online reproduction oil painting specialist. Before choosing to buy oil paintings, location of the painting, the size of the painting and even the reason of buying the painting must be considered. The quality of the painting to buy however must also be given high regard especially if buying from online shop.

Before the buying process, it is imperative for the buyer to set a location or place for the painting. For collectors with their own set of galleries this may not be a problem, but for an office or home display this can very well decide on what painting to buy. This is significant at this stage to make sure that the painting to buy will not reside in the attic or be in a room just to collect dust. The painting to be displayed must not be in an obscured location. The theme of the room of motif can also be criteria on choosing a painting to buy. This could be a complementary to the current room setup or even in contrast to make it stand out in the room.

The size of the painting is also important since it can be very well affect the overall appeal of the painting. A sole painting’s dimension must not be more than a third of the wall for display, especially if it’s a portrait. Too large display room for a single painting lessens the appeal of the painting itself while too small room can make the painting stand out. The size of the painting may also be scaled to the sizes of furniture in the room to maintain aesthetic completeness.

The reason for buying a painting of course can vary widely. Displaying for a collection gallery can be common these days, however many offices buy oil paintings now as another way of investment. Buying original artwork from a yet unknown artist can be worth more after several years. For a home display however can be very dependent upon the owner’s preferences.

These three things alone however may not suffice in picking the right painting for the buyer. The company selling the artwork and the artwork’s overall quality must also be considered.

When someone opts to buy oil paintings online, this entails him to various risks. The quality of the painting may not be fully checked until delivery. In terms of original paintings that are popular can be very highly expensive as such authenticity must be checked. A certificate of authenticity comes with a painting bought online if the company is legal while this may be absent for those that may scam buyers for higher profit.

Before choosing the painting to buy it would be wise to have a professional appraised the pictures of the paintings posted online. This can also be done upon delivery of the painting; however, refunds or replacements for unsatisfied buyer may not be available for all.

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