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Old 21-07-2017, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hi All!

New member today, first time I have posted!

I'd like to know does anyone have tips based on experience or inside knowledge on the best way to get tattoo bookings with the best artists.

Obviously, they have massive followings on Instagram etc, they get hundreds/thousands of emails/messages about tattoos, getting responses can be difficult.

Would be great to know peoples thoughts

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Old 21-07-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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The best success I've had getting in touch with artists regarding getting on their wait list (or trying to get wait listed) was to call the studio direct and talk to them or the shop manager. Emails can go unanswered due to the high volumes they receive.

Visiting them at conventions and getting face time has been mentioned a lot on this forum as well, so if someone you like is coming to your area, pay them a visit.

Basically, the more you show how committed you are to the project and enamored you are with their art, the better your chances at securing an appointment.

Also, be sure you are catering to the style they like to create. Spend lots of time researching the right artist for what you want and that will increase your chances of attracting them to your project.

When all else fails, email bomb their inbox for a year
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Old 21-07-2017, 02:49 PM   #3
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Thanks, some great info

I've found with emails that having a good email title helps get their attention! Either being very specific with what you want or one that will really stand out from the crowd!
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If you know who you want, drop their name here and see if a member has any experience with them. They may be able to give you specific tips on how to snag that particular artist. Ex: they may want a specific reference or total free rein, knowing that in advance can make your email or conversation more successful
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Old 21-07-2017, 03:10 PM   #5
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I'll put out 2 names that I have tried but unsuccessful with. Fully understand the 2nd name is on most people's list though

Sasha O'Kharin
Dmitriy Samohin
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This question seems to come up often. Here's some more reading:
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Old 21-07-2017, 06:11 PM   #7
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Cool, thanks dude
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Old 21-07-2017, 07:24 PM   #8
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It sounds lame as fuck, but name drop. if you've got work from other great artists name drop them. call yourself a 'serious collector' and tell them how they're 'top of your list'. basically do a whole bunch of stuff that makes you question whether or not you're a total penis. sounds lame but it really does work.

The main problem with trying to book famous artists is that they receive way too many emails and 99% of them are time wasters, if they know you've already got a bunch of work from other top artists, are happy to get on international flights and sit long sessions, and are prepared to hand over an envelope full of cash that would make Dave from down the pub laugh you out the room because this guy from his dealers apartment block knocks them out for 90 a day, they know they're not wasting their time talking to you.

Also giving them a good spot to work on is key, Dmitriy's unlikely to want to tattoo your left armpit when he's got a queue of people offering him prime limb canvas. And make sure to give them a subject idea that fits in with their particular style, but gives them the freedom to do what they want with it.

I have no idea about Sasha O'Kharin (although he's very high on my list after I crawl myself out of the debt filled hole I seem to have recently decided to take residence in) but with Dmitriy it was literally persistence - I emailed almost every month for a good couple of years, maybe longer. I got replies a couple of times (you sometimes wait a month at a time for a reply) and then the conversation would go dead for another 8 months. Eventually I seemed to catch his wife Anna on a productive week and 5/6 emails back and forth within a few days and I was booked in. It was a very emotional moment for me.

Good luck, update us in 2019 when you manage to get a spot. and stay away from Dave's mate, he'll probably give you AIDS.
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It sounds lame as fuck, but name drop. if you've got work from other great artists name drop them. call yourself a 'serious collector' and tell them how they're 'top of your list'. basically do a whole bunch of stuff that makes you question whether or not you're a total penis. sounds lame but it really does work.
jackf91 is spot on with his whole post but I quoted the portion above to emphasize how well this works. He's right that it makes you feel like a tool but it is surprising how effective it is.
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Old 21-07-2017, 07:51 PM   #10
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That's interesting, I would feel like an idiot saying I have tattoos from this person and that person (cause I do, I've got Butcher/Laukis/Pancho to name but a few!). But i take your point that they would see you as a serious collector as I am

Greats tips guys, thanks for the info and taking time out to reply, really appreciate it
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