The Best Tattoo Artists in Des Moines, Iowa

Find the Best Tattoo Artist in Des Moines Iowa.

Our Featured Des Moines Tattoo Artist

When looking for a top tattoo artist, not only in Des Moines, Iowa, but anywhere, there are several things to consider. Read below to make sure that a prospective artist hits all the qualifications.

Cover-Up Tattoos and Custom Ink

If you're looking for a medical cover-up for scars, stretch marks, or deformities, we have a great lineup of tattooists that can fit this need. Our talented tattoo artists are ideal for custom design and application as well!

Finding the Best Tattoo Artist in Your City

On our main website, we're currently featuring the best Des Moines, Iowa tattoo artist! Head over to that site if you're in the general vicinity. Our featured tattoo artist not only meets the following criteria, but exceeds them. If you are looking for the best in the industry, and you aren't located in Iowa, a tattoo artist needs to meet the following criteria to be considered. Be sure to read through this list and make notes. While some of these items may be common sense, many overlook their importance in getting the best experience and end product.

- A portfolio with a wide range of styles, subjects, and colors.

- Sample work displays accurate scale, shading, and proportions.

- Completion of apprenticeship.

- Knowledgeable in disease prevention, skin diseases, and infections.

- Training in blood-borne pathogen prevention.

- A valid license in the state in which he or she conducts business.

- Continuing education as an artist.

- Professionalism and integrity in all business dealings.

As with many other service professionals, your tattoo artist should be able to provide documentation of all of the above criteria. Granted, some may be annoyed at your inquiry, but you want to be sure that you are making the right decision in choosing said artist. Most tattoo professionals will have their licenses displayed on the wall for the public and health inspectors to easily spot.

For more information on who have have featured as the BEST Des Moines, Iowa Tattoo artist, please visit our main website,

Getting Tattooed for the First Time - What You Should Know

One major point comes to mind when people thing about getting their first tattoo, and that is the cost associated. While prices vary, here's something to keep in get what you pay for. To illustrate, think about this. If you go to a tattooist and they are advertising $50 sessions, how great of a job do you think they're going to do? You'll find someone who does a better job right across the street with a sign that reads, "We Fix $50 Tattoos."

Another thing to keep in mind is that a tattoo is permanent. Sure, there are ways to get a less than desirable ink job fixed by a skilled tattoo artist, but you're making a big commitment here. You should think long and hard about your reason for getting a tattoo and the meaning behind what you want permanently inked onto your body.

Finally, the last point to consider is your threshold for pain. If you are seriously considering a large tattoo, you have to realize that it can take many hours divided into several sessions. Just how much pain are you willing to endure to get what you really want? For some, it's not a big deal. For others, the pain is too much for them to handle. Your tattoo artist should be able to give you a sample of what it feels like by using an empty needle (no ink), and running it for a few minutes on your skin. That will give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect for the duration of your tattoo application.

Where to Get More Information on Tattoo Artists in Des Moines, IA

Doing a quick search on the web will give you some great insight as to who is the best tattoo artist in Des Moines, IA. However, we recommend that you visit our Des Moines Iowa Tattoo Shop resource guide for finding the leading tattooists in the area. That site answers a few other questions that you might have including the history and application of tribal tattoos, why someone gets a tattoo in the first place, and answers some frequently asked questions about the industry.

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