I have decided what I want my next couple of tattoo’s to be, in particular I have a shoulder piece I want to get for my 30th birthday and this time I want to find a quality artist and get it done nicely. Not that I don’t love my other tattoo, it’s a simple tat done that I had done as a walk in at a local shop with a good reputation, but I have some specific ideas about color and design style for this next one and I want it done right. I have no clue how to track down the right artist. It doesn’t help that I am not really all that familiar with New Jersey yet despite having lived here for a year and change. So unlike in LA where I just sort of knew where to go, I have no clue out here.
So, how do I find the artist that I want? How did you find the artists that you who have tattoos used? Anyone in the NJ/NYC area want to recommend someone for me to check out? I am looking for something in the more realistic/Japanese style rather than a more cartoony style for this.
Edit: This seemed CS-y to me. But if it’s more an IMHO question I totally get that.