Getting tattooed is a highly personal experience so it's important to find the right artist for your needs. Ultimately, the quality of your tattoo rests on the quality of artist that you find.
These days, tattoo artists are more professional and highly trained than ever, but there are still plenty of unskilled and unscrupulous cowboys plying their trade. So to make sure that you've found a top quality professional, consider these points;
When you approach a new artist, find out how many years of experience they have. Ask them what type of style they specialize in, and make sure that they have relevant experience with the type of style that you've chosen.