- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I’ve been wanting a tattoo for, like, 5-7 years but always chickened out.
But over the past few months I’ve really been seriously thinking about it and researching it. Thursday and Friday I just couldn’t get it off my mind, and Friday night when fiance and I were trying to make plans for the weekend, he randomly suggested me getting a tattoo, so I finally decided to do it!
I went to a place I had been to with my fiance/friends several times. It’s a very popular/reputable place in Pittsburgh and I’ve never heard anything bad about it.
When it came time to have the work done, I went into the room with my fiance and sister, who I’d brought with me for moral support. The artist was a 50ish guy with tons of tattoos and gray hair and glasses and a gruff voice. He never introduced himself and pretty much had no personality.
But I was so proud of myself for getting this far I just went with it, even though I thought his personality was off.
When he looked at the pic I provided, he critisized the artwork and started talking about how he could do much better with some more color or shading, but I insisted that I wanted it simple and black.
He kinda rolled his eyes but agreed and got started. At first the pain was pretty bad. I was squeezing my fiance’s hand like crazy and probably involuntarily shifted my shoulders a few times by accident. The guy was doing the tattoo on my shoulder blade so he got all pissy and kept saying things like, “STOP MOVING! YOUR HEAD IS ATTACHED TO YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS, YA KNOW.” Like a total jackass.
Then once the pain eased up and I started taking deep breaths, my fiance and sister started talking to me to distract me, and I talked back. The tattoo artist kept sighing like he was irritated with our convo. Then he actually said, “Can you guys, like, stop talking to her for 5 f*ck*ng seconds? Jesus Christ!”
I was so appalled. And I got really scared. Like he was going to screw up on purpose b/c we were pissing him off or something. Seriously if the guy didn’t have a needle in my back I thought my fiance was going to punch him.
Thank goodness the tattoo was small and only took about 10 minutes to complete. When he was done he just slapped a bandage on it and gave me a sheet on after-care. Barely said a word to us, even once we paid him.
The artwork is good and I love the tattoo. I’m not really worried about infection or anything b/c like I said it’s a reputable shop and everything. But I’ve gone with my fiance and several friends to get tattoos and NEVER had such a bad experience.
I’m really proud of myself for facing my fear and doing something I’ve wanted to do for so long, but, the artist really put a damper on the experience. And I can’t help but stupid for not sticking up for myself when it was going on.
I called the tattoo shop this morning to complain, and the girl apologized sincerely and told her she’d let the owner know when she got back from vacation.
I guess I’m just looking for some feedback here. Do you guys think I was stupid to just sit there with my mouth shut while the work was being done? I mean, once the guy has already started tattooing, what can you do? Even my fiance, who is a reall outspoken “tough” guy was speechless and didn’t know what to do.
Should I be worried about the quality of my tattoo? Like … I’m wondering if the negativity is going to lead to problems. Sigh. I worry a lot. Just not sure how to feel. Wish the asshole artist didn’t put a damper on what could have been an awesome experience!