5 Things You Should Never Say to a Tattoo Artist  

When working with a tattoo artist, it is important to remember that this individual is a skilled professional. To ensure a positive experience and a good relationship with your tattoo artist, you need to treat him or her with respect and consideration. Here are five things you should never say to your tattoo artist.

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Tattoo Artist  

1. “Can’t you give me a discount?”

When you are thinking about what to look for in a tattoo artist, the price is often a consideration. However, good tattoos are not cheap. Creating art is a difficult task with any medium, and the products created are often expensive. Your tattoo artist is using your skin as a medium, which means the task is even more challenging and the art created is even more valuable.

When your tattoo artist quotes you a price for his or her services, you should not try to negotiate. The artist has chosen this price for a reason and asking him or her to lower it is insulting. If you aren’t comfortable paying the quoted price, simply go to another artist.

2. “Can I bring my friends in?”

Bringing in a sibling, partner or friend to watch you get your tattoo is fine. However, you should not try to bring a group of people into the room. Not only will this crowd the space and make it harder for even the best tattoo artist to work, but the conversation and questions can be highly distracting. Don’t make your artist ask your friends to leave. Be considerate and come to your appointment alone or with only one other person.

3. “Can’t you just make it work?”

Clients in tattoo parlors are sometimes disappointed when they learn that their artist’s plan for their tattoo is smaller than expected or lacks requested details. However, your tattoo artist is the professional. If he or she tells you that something won’t fit in a certain spot on your body, can’t include a detail you asked for or can’t be completed in a certain size, you should not try to argue.

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Tattoo Artist  

4. “Can you please copy this tattoo?”

Top tattoo artists want to do their own original work. Even if you like the work another tattoo artist has done, you should not ask a different artist to copy it. It is rude to the artist you are asking, as well as the artist whose work is being plagiarized. If you must have a specific tattoo you’ve seen somewhere else, find a tattoo artist who did the original work and ask him or her to give you the same tattoo.

5. “Can you do this while I’m drunk?”

Asking to get a tattoo while intoxicated is never a good idea. When you are drunk, you aren’t making the best decisions and you may end up with a tattoo you don’t really want. In addition, you may accidentally hurt yourself or the tattoo artist by falling down or failing to follow the artist’s instructions properly.

Because of the risks posed by drunk clients, as well as other risks, most tattoo artists purchase insurance to protect themselves. However, it’s still a bad idea to go to the tattoo parlor when you aren’t sober.

Key Takeaways

  • Tattoo artists are professionals who should be treated with respect and consideration.
  • There are certain questions you should never ask your tattoo artist. For example, you should never ask your tattoo artist to negotiate on the price or copy another artist’s work.
  • Tattoo artists should purchase adequate insurance coverage to protect themselves from liability and other issues that may arise in the operation of their business.

If you own a tattoo parlor, it is important to have adequate insurance coverage to protect your business. To learn more about purchasing insurance for your tattoo business, please contact Marine Agency today.

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