As far as we can tell, tattoos have been around since at least the neolithic times, thanks to a mummy skin that’s been preserved over the many years. The oldest tattooed skin that’s been found dates back to between 3370 and 3100 BC. The concept is pretty old.
That also means that people have been giving tattoos for thousands of years as well. Modern day tattoo artists might not have the same challenges that tattoo artists had way back when, but they do have their challenges.
Here we have some confessions from tattoo artists about what really goes on at work. Some will stun you, but at least #5 will make you laugh.
7. They Get Bored
Some tattoo artists have shared that a lot of people come in with “original” ideas that are actually just very common ideas that they found on Pinterest. There are quite a few different things to get tattooed on a body but like anything else, certain things trend more than others.
6. They Get Insulted
Tattoo art is art like anything else, and everyone has a slightly different style. Sometimes the taste of the tattoo artist and the client are slightly different, and clients can be a little harsh when they aren’t happy with how things turned out. One tattoo artist described it as getting his work “trashed.” Ouch.
5. They Try To Distract You
One tattoo artist admitted that she purposefully dresses sexy when she’s doing tattoo work in an effort to distract her clients. Distracted clients are less likely to try to micromanage the tattoo as it’s being done, and they’re also less likely to complain about the pain, too. The next tip will warm your heart.
4. It Can Be Very Rewarding
In some cases, giving tattoos can be very rewarding. Some tattoo artists end up covering up self-harm scars with tattoo ink which can give people a whole new lease on life. As they go through their emotional healing process, they get the chance to showcase a new version of themselves externally as well.
3. They Want To Be Trusted
It’s really important to tattoo artists that they feel trusted by their clients. Not only are they putting needles into the skin of strangers, but they’re creating a work of art that will be on their body for the rest of their lives. It can very uncomfortable for them if they feel like people don’t trust them throughout the process.
2. They Don’t Like When People Copy
Tattoo artists don’t like it when people bring in the photos of other people’s tattoos. For one thing, they prefer originality in tastes. For another thing, they don’t want to copy the art of another tattoo artist. They’d rather be given a concept and then allowed to come up with their own take on it.
1. They’re Not Sinning
Some tattoo artists report being told that their profession makes them a sinner. Apparently, some interpretations of passages in the Bible suggest that giving and receiving tattoos is sinful. However, most tattoo artists do not agree with that concept and they will not be happy to hear it. Most tattoo artists love their job and the creative freedom it allows them.
It’s easy to assume that tattoo artists don’t have an emotional experience of their job, but it certainly sounds like they do. Like anyone else, they want to feel creatively fulfilled, trusted in their work, uniquely celebrated, and even rewarded.
By the nature of this work, those things can only happen when their clients are on the same page as them, or at least willing to keep their mouths shut about their differences. Tattoos can be life changing, and tattoo artists always want those changes to be for the better.
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