Guest Spots: Where to Find ‘em, How to Book ‘em.

 

Tattooers’ guest spots are awesome. For tattoo artists, it gives them a chance to go around the world, see the sights, and learn about tattooing in another country. For the rest of us, it means having a chance to be tattooed by someone you may not usually have the chance to visit, and get some top class work done by someone legendary. Everyone wins.

But how the hell are you supposed to know who’s tattooing where?

I know there are some people out there who’ve missed out before on being tattooed by someone doing a guest spot, but thankfully there are now a whole load of ways to find out what’s going on. Here are a few of them:

  • Add your local studios and favourite artists on Facebook/ Twitter – they’ll probably tell their customers before anyone else where they’ll be doing guest spots. If you add them and keep an eye on their updates, then you should be in ‘the know’. However, please remember to keep in mind social etiquette, and be respectful if your friend request is denied: some people only use Facebook for private reasons, so they might not want to add you as a friend.
  • Bookmark your local studios’ website/ blog – If the studios you can get to have blogs, keep an eye on them! They’ll be telling everyone who’ll be visiting, so you’ll be able to know from there, too. This is especially useful for those who don’t use Facebook (or like to add people they don’t know!). If you use an RSS reader, such as Google Reader, you can also add those websites into there and be alerted whenever they’re updated- brilliant!
  • Look out for updates on tattoo websites – Mind if I plug this site here? This site, and many others, often try to let people know about as many guest spots as possible around the world. There’s so much going on that it’s not a sure thing that tattoo websites can definitely alert you about them all, but we all do our best.
  • Keep up to date with forums – Loads of tattoo studios are using forums these days to let everyone know who’ll be at their studio. It’s a good way to reach out to loads of people. My favourite forums are LST and Tattoo.TV, though there are one or two others you can keep an eye on. The cool thing about forums is that most of them are open to everyone, so you don’t even have to join if you don’t want to.

Hopefully, that will help a few of you guys out! As for booking in with each guesting tattooer, always look for any information with what you see- sometimes messages will read, “I will be guesting at _____, please _____ to book in”. If you’re in doubt, get in touch with the tattoo studio they’ll be at in the studio, and they’ll probably let you put down a deposit there and then. If not, I’m sure they’ll be helpful and tell you what the arrangements are!

 

Most importantly, remember that these guys have travelled from thousands of miles away to tattoo you, so have fun and keep your manners in check, and everything will be fine. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them below in the comments section- I’ve currently been tattooed by three guesting artists (almost four!) so I should be able to answer anything from a customer side of things. If not, I’ll probably know someone who can help.

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