jarethrake (jarethrake) wrote in bad_service,
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I'm not sure if this is actual bad service or just a misunderstanding, and I'd really like to hear some thoughts on it.:)

I have a few tattoos already, and I want to get a few more.  I know what I want, and sketched out a few ideas to take with me.  I went to a tattoo shop recommended by a friend.

Now, I'm not part of the whole tattoo subculture.  I have tattoos and I love them, but I'm not one of those people who know all about tattoo artists, and have strong opinions on them.  I just know what I want my body to look like, and don't care much beyond that.  This is why I think maybe I just misunderstood the role of tattoo artists.

Anyway, I show the tattoo artist the sort of things I'm thinking of, one of which is a blue silhouette of a bird.  He flat out tells me no, they can't do it how I want it, and offers to do it in black.  I really don't want a flat black silhouette tattooed on me; I think it'd look too harsh, would look strange against my mid-tan skintone, and wouldn't go with my other tattoos, which are all in softer, natural colours.

Thinking there's a practical reason not to do a silhouette in blue, I ask if we can make it larger, or maybe do an outline in a different colour.  He flat out refuses, and says they can only do it in black.  He also says my blue bird would look like a bruise, an idea that I *love*.  One of my other tattoos is a red flat, that I specifically asked to have looking like a birthmark, so another tattoo that could be mistaken for a bruise really appeals to me.

Anyway; still thinking it's a practical issue, I point out that his tattoo sleeve involve quite a few blue shapes and edges, and ask why that's different.  He looks uncomfortable and says that the tattoo artists have to do designs they're comfortable with.

It's only when I leave the shop that I realise what he was saying; there was no reason that he couldn't do the tattoos I wanted; he just didn't like them.

I get that, as an artist, he wants to draw things he likes.  But it's my body.  In my mind, obviously, having my body look how I want trumps whether he likes it or not, and in his mind, I guess it's the opposite; he cares a lot more about his art than my body.

So...is it bad service?  Have I just misunderstood the role of tattoo artists?  Did I just pick the wrong place to inquire?:(
Tags: *tattoo studio/piercer
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