almost got a tattoo but didnt

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ve been there too! Some tattoo artists need to get off their high horse. However most reputable artists won’t take a tattoo you found on a website and replicate it for you. The idea behind that is that the person who has the tattoo paid a good deal for a custom unique piece that another artist created for them, and that stealing that would be unethical. However, they should also have the good customer service to EXPLAIN that rather than just turning you away.

If you like a tattoo you see online I would reach out to an artist with your inspiration art and ask them to rework a similar piece for you. Some artists might feel like what you are looking for isn’t “their style”, but in all honesty them admitting that is a good thing. You wouldn’t want someone who does new school work to take a stab at doing something like a realistic portrait for you if that isn’t what they excel at. A good artist (read: not an asshole) should be able to steer you in the dirrection of someone new if what you’re looking for isn’t in their wheel house.

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