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About Us

on 19 December 2007.

About us

The Midlands Tattoo Centre has been established for over twenty years and is one of the best tattoo studios in the country. We offer a friendly consultation and the best advice on how to keep your tattoo looking great. We cover a large range of original tattoos and can do tattoos of any personal design.

Picking a tattoo

Choose what YOU like! You have to live with the decision with the rest of your life. Discuss the size and colouring with the artist to achieve the look you want. Sometimes it's better to leave the artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of the tattooist.

Placement of the tattoo

Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It is there forever. If you are concerned about the level of discomfort and pain involved, talk to the artist. They will be happy to discuss this with you - you will not be the first!

Choice of artist

This is probably the most personal of all aspects of receiving a tattoo. If you are considering a tattoo, find the artist who fulfils your needs, artistically as well as in professionalism, personality and price. You should feel comfortable with all aspects of your choice.

Paying the price

Do not shop around for the best price! Remember, you are buying a piece of art, not a fridge! Tattooing is a trade in which you should see examples of the artists' work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade where you barter. You should agree a price or an hourly rate for the time and experise of the artist.

Choosing a design

Getting a tattoo is the most permanent Commitment that many of us will ever make. If you are thinking, "but I can always get it removed", then you are definitely not ready for a tattoo.

You may want a custom tattoo, something created by the artist just for you, or you may find just the image you want in the flash designs hanging of the studio's walls. Flash designs are often altered slightly for each person anyway so you'll still have something unique.

When it comes to tattooing, your imagination is your only limit. But a word of caution: although the image can be tattooed, some translate more successfully into the medium that others. In general, a big bold image will look better on your skin than an overly detailed small piece. If your artist urges you to go bigger with a design, listen to him. Those big pieces often have an impact that the little ones lack. As an example, a beautiful, big, fierce bear head design just looks like an angry hamster's face when you shrink it down.

There are many different styles of tattooing. Here are a few of the most popular:

Black & grey

Just what it sounds like. The tattoo is done with only tones of black and grey. This style originated in the prison systems of America due to the prisoners' difficulty in obtaining coloured ink. When several tattooists, notably California's Jack Rudy and Good Time Charlie Cartwright, saw the work they realised there was great artist potential in adapting it for use in tattoo studios outside of the penitentiary walls. They went on to develop this refined and highly detailed style that has become so popular today.

Traditional

These pieces have solid black outlines, strong black shading and bright colours. This style was first developed to meet the needs of busy tattooists near military bases (it was a no-nonsense and quick way to tattoo) and to utilise the limited colour palette available to a tattooist in the thirties and forties.

Fineline

Delicate outlines, often highly detailed. Black and grey work is almost always done in this style, as are many colour pieces. Ths success of the finished tattoo depends a great deal on the artist's use of negative space and his or her refraining from adding yet more detail. An overly detailed fineline tattoo, or one that was not carefully planned, may dissolve into mush after a few years.

Tribal

Bold, black silhouette-esque designs. Most of this work is based on ancient tattoo designs, though nowadays artists tend to go more for the feeling invoked by the traditional designs, rather than copying them exactly. It's a wonderful strong look that, when inked by a skilled tattooist, will certainly stand the test of time.

Realistic

Photographic quality work, usually portraits or nature scenes.

Custom

Original work designed just for you.

Oriental

This style of tattooing is more concerned with approach than subject matter. It utilises the entire body as canvas, rather than the western approach of adding a tattoo here and there as the spirit moves you. The oriental style usually incorporates swirling patterns and figures from eastern mythology into the designs.

Do try to be practical when choosing a tattoo design. Getting the name of your current lover on your arm is almost always a sure route to a cover-up and, hard as it may be to believe, a band whose music turned you on when you were eighteen may not have the same effect when you're forty. Your infatuations will often fade much quicker than tattoos so. Pick something that's a little open-ended.