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"Tattoo Etiquette 101: How NOT to Approach a Tattoo Artist for a Session"

As a tattoo artist, I've seen it all. From first-timers who can't decide on a design to the overly confident who think they know it all. But let's get one thing straight: there's an unspoken code of conduct when it comes to booking a tattoo session. So, let me share some hilarious (yet oh-so-true) tips on how NOT to approach a tattoo artist when trying to book a session. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

  1. The Bargain Hunter: First up, we have the ever-present bargain hunter. Look, we get it – everyone loves a good deal. But please, for the love of ink, do not haggle with your tattoo artist like you're at a flea market. Tattoos are a form of art, and good art isn't cheap. Remember, tattoos last forever, and you don't want to be stuck with a lifetime reminder of that time you tried to score a bargain. You wouldn't haggle with a surgeon, would you?

  2. The "I Saw It on Pinterest" Client: Next up is the client who comes in with a Pinterest board full of tattoo ideas that they absolutely must have. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, please understand that we are artists, not copy machines. We're happy to work with your ideas, but give us the creative freedom to create something unique and personalized for you. After all, you're not a walking Pinterest board (or are you?).

  3. The "I Want It Now" Demander: Ah, the impatient one. You might have been struck with the sudden urge to get inked, but please don't expect us to drop everything and tattoo you right away. Good tattoo artists are often booked in advance, and we have other clients who have been waiting for their turn. Patience is a virtue, my ink-seeking friend.

  4. The "But My Friend Got It for Less" Complainer: No one likes a name-dropper, especially when it comes to tattoo prices. Keep in mind that every tattoo is unique, and factors such as size, detail, and placement can impact the cost. Your friend's tiny butterfly on their ankle isn't the same as the full-color, realistic portrait you're requesting. So, let's not compare apples to oranges, shall we?

  5. The Cleanliness Critic: Cleanliness is crucial when it comes to tattooing. But if you're going to walk into a studio and start ask if we use new needles?, you might want to reconsider getting a tattoo altogether. We take pride in maintaining a clean and sterile environment, and we're more than happy to answer any questions you have about our sanitation practices. But please, don't act like you're the tattoo police.

There you have it – a handy guide on how NOT to approach a tattoo artist when trying to book a session. Remember, we're professionals who take our craft seriously, and we want to give you the best tattoo experience possible. So, show us some respect, trust our expertise, and let us create a masterpiece that you'll be proud to wear for a lifetime. Happy inking! -RUUBENART


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