What Do Tattoo Artists Hate: 13 Things Clients Do That Every Tattoo Artist Resents

Going to a tattoo studio to get inked requires every client to follow certain etiquette. It should be clear that you can’t behave however you want in a tattoo studio. Improper behavior simply shows one’s lack of respect for the tattoo artists and the hard work they put into creating amazing body art.

Because they have to deal with a load of different clients, it has become clear that tattoo artists surely hate certain things people do. So, in the following paragraphs, we’ll highlight some of the most resentful behavior every tattoo artist in the world hates, and ensure our readers avoid it.

There, before you go to get tattooed, make sure to read this and try to follow the obvious rules of proper behavior. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

13 Things That Piss Off Every Tattoo Artist

1. Not Knowing What You Want

Clients who come to a tattoo studio expecting the tattoo artist will come up with a perfect tattoo design on their own is probably one of the worst things ever. Before getting tattooed, every client should have an idea of the design they’d be interested in; the tattooist can work on the design and improve it. However, coming to the studio not knowing what you want, and disapproving of the tattooist’s recommendations is a no-go.

2. Wanting Other People’s Tattoos

Asking a tattoo artist to copy another tattooist’s work is not only rude, but also pretty disrespectful, and in some places even illegal. Copying another person’s artistic property without asking or consulting about the potential users can get the tattoo artist in a lot of trouble. Did we mention some people hide the fact that the design they want is the work of another tattooist? Yup, people lie about such stuff, and tattoo artists do hate it.

3. Changing Your Mind The Day Of the Appointment

Now, two things that tattoo artists hate, which happen the day of the appointment, are the following;

  • Canceling or rescheduling the appointment without a valid reason – Some people cancel or reschedule just because they can, which is very rude. Of course, in case of an emergency, the tattoo artist will generally find a suitable rescheduling date and make sure the client doesn’t worry.
  • Wanting to change the design of the tattoo – now, this might be one of the worst things clients can do. Changing your mind about the tattoo design right when you’re about to get tattooed is kind of rude.

Of course, no one should be pressured into doing a tattoo they don’t want, but generally speaking, clients have time to change their mind before scheduling a tattooing appointemnt. Moreover, in the case of custom designs, changing the idea the day of the appointment will often out the clients at the end of the waiting list.

4. Openly Disapproving Of the Tattoo Cost

It is a prerequisite to know, or at least expect, that the price of the tattoo will be high before meeting up with your tattoo artist. Some people like to play dumb and expect the price to get lower or to get a discount, just because. This just shows that these people have no respect for the creativity and hard work a tattoo requires. Tattoo artists do not like clients who are openly scoffing at the cost of the tattoo. Tattoos are expensive, for a reason, and that is common knowledge.

5. Bringing The Whole Entourage

Coming to a tattoo session with a friend is fine; no tattoo studio will make a fuss about that. However, some clients bring the whole group of friends with them, which generally creates havoc in the studio. First of all, the majority of tatttoo studios aren’t that big. Your friends will take up too much space, and furthermore, they will be distracting to the tattoo artist. A tattoo studio is not a cafe or a party, so make sure to bring limited support to your tattoo session, or try to come alone.

6. Not Being Clean or Shaven

This might be one of the worst things clients do; some people come to a tattoo appointment without having previously showered. Some people don’t even shave the area designated for tattooing.

First of all, not cleaning yourself before an appointment is completely disrespectful to the tattoo artist. This person has to work close to your body, for hours, so you can see why this is not only rude but also nasty. Some people want a tattoo in weird areas, like the genital region, the bottom region, the armpits, etc. If the tattoo artist needs to hold their breath while working, then something is surely wrong.

Now, speaking of shaving; it is essential to shave the area that will be tattooed, before the appointment. If your tattoo artist needs to shave you, then they’ll lose a lot of time and even risk a razor cut. If this happens, they won’t be able to tattoo you properly. So, shave at home and come clean and ready for the appointment.

7. Fidgeting During the Tattooing Process

One of the most important things, during the tattooign process, is for the client to stay still. By fidgeting and moving around you’re making it very hard for your tattoo artist to do good work and not make mistakes.

If a client is hurting, for example, all they have to do is tell the tattoo artist, and they’ll take a break, giving you time to recollect and prepare for the continuation of the process. But, even this can become annoying.

So, if you don’t think you can handle the tattoo, then either apply a topical pain management ointment or chose the least painful tattoo placement on the body. Other than that, try to stay still until the tattooist is done.

8. Taking a Phone Call During the Tattooing Process

Some people just cannot leave their phones for a few hours, even during a tattoo session. If you plan on being on your phone, talking, and texting during the whole process, then you should probably let your tattooist know beforehand. Otherwise, you will just come off as disrespectful.

It is one thing to check your phone once in a while to pass time (if you’re in a suitable position during the process to do so). But, talking on the phone the whole time is rude, disrespectful, and even distracting to the tattoo artist. Some people even turn on the speakerphone, which is truly inconsiderate to everyone in the tattoo studio.

9. Coming In Drunk or Intoxicated

Most tattoo artists won’t tattoo an intoxicated client; in some states, it is even illegal to do so. But, coming in for a tattoo session drunk and intoxicated is disrespectful to the tattoo artists and everyone in the studio on so many levels.

Furthermore, it can be even dangerous for a client to get a tattoo when drunk; alcohol dilutes and thins out the blood, which can result in excessive bleeding during tattooing, and even after the tattoo is done. Not to mention that being drunk will make you fidgety and restless on the tattoo chair, which increases the chance of a mistake.

The best thing clients can do is avoid alcohol at least a few days before the tattoo appointment, and several days after getting the tattoo. Not to mention that alcohol consumption on the day of the appointment is a strict no-go.

10. Eating During The Session

Every client is encouraged to have a snack during the break, mid-tattoo. However, eating during the session can be rude and distracting to the tattooist. First of all, the smell of the food may be off-putting. Furthermore, the food and the crumbs can get all over you, which can even jeopardize the very tattoo. The environment around the tattoo needs to be clean and sanitary, so put your sandwich away until the break.

11. Rushing The Tattoo Artist To Work Faster

Some people are just impatient and want the tattoo to be done as quickly as possible. But, even the simplest tattoo takes time, which is something every client should have in mind before getting inked.

So, to rush the tattoo artist to work faster is extremely rude. It is something not only tattoo artists hate, but also every single person in the world who tries to do good work (especially when they’re working on people). Would you rush a surgeon to do an operation? No, you wouldn’t. So, rushing a person who’s puncturing a needle into the skin, is something that it won’t do anyone a favor.

12. Not Tipping the Tattoo Artist

Every kind of time-consuming, creative, and hard work deserves tipping; tattooing is not an exception. It is considered that people who don’t tip their tattoo artists to be pretty disrespectful. A person just created a masterpiece on your skin, so, tipping is the least you can do.

Every client is expected to tip anywhere between 15% and 25% of the total tattoo cost. Tipping shows the client’s appreciation for the work, the effort, and the overall experience. So, clients who do not tip are something every tattoo artist truly resents.

13. Not Following The Aftercare Routine (And Blaming The Tattooist For The Consequences)

After the tattoo is done, every tattoo artist will provide their clients with detailed aftercare instructions. These instructions will help the client during the tattoo healing process and prevent them from causing a potential infection.

Now, some clients don’t listen to their tattooists and often end up with a rash, bleeding, swelling, and other tattoo issues. Then, they blame the tattooist for ‘not doing a good job’ and create a huge issue. These kinds of people are probably some of the most hated in the tattoo community. Blaming a tattoo artist for the consequences of your lack of tattoo care is a no-go!

Final Thoughts

Tattoo etiquette is there for a reason. Without some rules, people would do whatever they want in tattoo studios. So, as clients, what we all can do is ensure to make things easier for your hard-working and dedicated tattoo artists.

Behaving decently, coming in clean and shaven, without a whole group of friends isn’t too much to ask for. So, the next time you decide to go get tattooed, think of these things tattoo artists hate and try to avoid them. It shouldn’t be hard, and as a result, you’ll have an excellent experience and a stronger bond with your tattoo artist.

Also Read: How Much Do Tattoo Artists Make?

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