(Closed) Semi-traumatic tattoo experience/forgot to tip artist :(

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1338 posts
Bumble bee

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msmeow85 :  If you feel bad for not tipping and feel like she deserves one, just go back, tip her, apologize, say you were out of it and didn’t realize you forgot the tip. I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

Post # 3
208 posts
Helper bee

I think you should go back and tip her. Just say you forgot, it happens all the time in those kinds of jobs.I used to do hair and I can think of easily a dozen times where someone walked out without tipping and came back days later apologizing profusely. It’s not a big deal.


I think you’re putting too much thought into the instagram thing. Post it if you like it, but she’s not obligated to post the picture you sent.


Go back, give her the money and move on.

Post # 4
96 posts
Worker bee

I agree with the other bees. The best plan is to go back, explain the situation and give her the tip. I’m sure she will understand and appreciate it!

Post # 5
7155 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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msmeow85 :  Honestly, if I forgot to tip an artist, I would go back and tip her…. That’s the only right thing to do.

However, I don’t think I would go back to her for another tattoo.  The best artists I’ve had are the ones that are concerned about my health.  I had an artist send me home because I had a cold that was getting progressively worse throughout the session.  A good artist doesn’t want anything bad to happen to you.  Most of my artists have also told me to call them if I have any concern with the healing process.

I hope you feel better soon <3

Post # 6
9561 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

if you want to tip, why can’t you go back to give her the tip?  tell her you are sorry, it completely slipped your mind.  i would also mention the pain to her as you are not new to this.

do you think it is the location? or do you think she is not as experienced?

Post # 7
4205 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

oh man, that sounds terrible! I’m sorry that hurt so much and took so long! I think I would be bothered by not getting a heads up about the rates changing between leaving a deposit and the tattoo date (unless thats not what happened and I misunderstood). What are you hoping to gain from messaging her? Are you wanting to tip her after the fact, or are you just hoping to make sure she doesn’t dislike you? I think your reasoning for reaching out will help me give you better advice. Also, a pic of your new tat will probably help too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 8
6379 posts
Bee Keeper

If you’re that worried then go back and tip her. If not then don’t ever go back. I had a largish tattoo placed on my back and arm and it was painful but it wasn’t so bad that I needed a course of antibiotics. I think she did too much too soon and should have broken it up instead of forcing you to be there 6 hours. My longest tattoo was 2.5 hours and I never felt that my artist pushed me through it 

Post # 9
4967 posts
Honey bee

Agree with others.  Just stop by one day and drop off the tip.  Apologize and say it slipped your mind (you can joke about being a baby with your pain that day if you want).  I’ve had to do that with my hair stylist numerous times before they finally let us start adding the tip on our card.  I’d forget to run to the atm to get cash beforehand and would either make sure to tip double next time or bring by the tip next time I was in the neighborhood.  It’s not that disastrous and happens more frequently than you think. 

I’d also drop the Instagram thing.  It’s not a big deal.  Also, if you are in the US it was a holiday weekend and maybe she’s been busy.  

Post # 11
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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msmeow85 :  Dying to see the tat…

Can you mail her a check if it is far away? I had a similar experience after a haircut, in that I forgot to tip. I was out of town for a wedding. So, when I got home and realized my mistake, I just mailed her a check. I used a physical check, but I could also “push” a check electronically from my bank. 

Don’t think too much about Instagram. She sounds increadibly busy and I bet she posts in batches. 

Post # 12
4967 posts
Honey bee

I realize an hour is a lot after a long day at work, but it isn’t insurmountable. Are they only open the same hours you work?  I have coworkers who commute an hour each way every day.  I used to drive two hours one way to visit my grandmother and drive back the same day to get to my 4pm shift at work.  My cousin lives in the outer suburbs of my city and it takes me 55 minutes to get out to her house when I baby-sit or she invites me over for dinner. Certainly sometime in the next couple of weeks either after work or on your day off you can set aside 2 hours to run out there and back. Time it with some other errands you can run in the same general vicinity on the way there or back. Otherwise call them up and see if they’ll do the venmo thing.

Post # 13
3353 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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msmeow85 :  just go back and tip her and apologize. it happens. i see that you said the place is over an hour away – maybe write her an email, saying you realized after you walked out that you totally forgot to tip, and would like to, but the shop is quite a way away and ask if she has a paypal account. you can friends/family pay her through paypal with no fees. i’m sure she’d appreciate it.

Post # 14
4236 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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msmeow85 :  I would go back and tip her. Explain that it was a mistake and give her the money. If she did an awesome job and you love the tattoo–despite the pain you are in–I feel like she is deserving of the tattoo. Even though you were in pain and still are, you still spent six hours of her time bent over your leg to give you an “awesome” tattoo. Absolutely make sure you tip her.

As for your healing, just take care of yourself. Stop feeling silly about it–if you are in actual pain, you’re in actual pain. 

Post # 15
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I agree with 

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SeaOfLove, I wouldn’t go back to her. Maybe it’s because she’s a newer artist but she shouldn’t have pushed you through that long of a session if you were struggling that much. I’m also pretty heavily tattooed and I’ve had a few spots that have been difficult to heal but nothing like you are describing OP. 

If you think you will go back to that shop and possibly bump into her then I would go back and tip her, but if not I wouldn’t worry about it. If I understand your post correctly it sounds like she charged you more than she quoted you anyway.

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