Researching out your tattoo artist isn’t being a snob it’s being smart. Making sure that when you go and get a tattoo that you are being aware of a few simple things. Like how clean it is in the shop? How they treat and use the equipment ( as in is it clean are sterile and if they pulling new needles). Did you view their work before you committed to this artist? It seems silly but you are getting something engraved on you for ever. Be smart and leave with something both you and the artist are proud of.