Ok.. I've been wanting a tattoo ever since i was a teen, but haven't really given it much thought till now. I have an extra grand to play with (a saved up per diem from my curacao trip), and i sort of know what I want.. upper shoulder, with the trailing edges reaching around the front of my chest under the collarbone, and around the back of the shoulder, right under the trap muscles.
It's probably going to be a mishmash of tribal, medieval and other design elements.. not too heavy on either of them, i'd rather a fusion. I'll be designing it mostly myself.
I assume i'll have to find an appropriate artist to flesh out the idea once I've designed what i want (i hear the artist will want input considering they have to put it on you), but beyond that i dunno how to go about it.
Which place do you pick to do it? Which artist? Is there some sort of system set up, or is it word of mouth?
What should I look for?
Anybody want to give me a rundown as to the process involved? Do they do it in installments (i assume they do) and is the payment in installments, or do you just work that out with the artist in question?
I'm an ink newbie, help a virgin out with anything else i need to know