Advice | November 7, 2014 9:00 am

Tattoos: What Every Man Should Know

Don’t make the newbie mistakes.

By The Editors

Tattoos. They’re not for every man.

But every man, interested or not, should be aware of tattoo etiquette and options, if only to be a more engaging conversationalist.

So we’ve curated nine of NYC’s premier needlesmiths to give you an idea of what’s available.

If you’re in the market, let this be your jumping-off point.

If not, consider it your voyeur’s pass to the current state of skin art.

Check it out.

But before you look, some advice:

Your correspondent — who has his share of ink — was recently discussing the brand new tattoo shop on the Bowery by celebrity artist Bang Bang.

And the inevitable question arose: “I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo. Where should I go?”

The answer to this question is simple: depends.

You wouldn’t ask Picasso to paint in Rembrandt’s style.

Tattoos are no different; the right artist for the job depends on what kind of art you want.

And remember, there are a few rules of tattoo etiquette by which all men should abide:

  1. Always book in advance. Don’t just walk in expecting to get a tattoo on the spot.

  2. Good artists are worth waiting for.

  3. Good tattoos are always a negotiation.

  4. Trust your artist knows what he or she is doing.

If they says it’s not going to work, it’s not going to work.

Enjoy the guide.