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  • #14198
     leopardprints67 
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    What are the most unusual requests for tattoos you’ve ever gotten? How many of them did you refuse for being too over the top, too stupid, too controversial and just plain disgusting or disrespecting of either a racial group or tragedy?

    I swear, I have been turning down more tattoos than I’ve been doing. I just had a guy email me with a request for a white power tattoo, complete with a Hitler portrait. Last week, it was a request for a woman being bound, tortured and stabbed..very gory and misogynistic. Tattoos that, if I had done, would have netted me a nice tidy $500 all together. I need money, but wtf…not this badly.

    I think we as artists or budding artists, need to not lose track of our own values and just tattoo for the sake of the money.

  • #18457
     TexasPT 
    Member

    I guess you should do what you feel comfortable doing. You could do 1,000,000 Hitler tattoos and you’d still play no part in creating a racist. He/She is already there. You can however double or triple your price and separate a jackass from his money. :)

    I just don’t think I could sit and talk to someone like that for the three hours it may take to tattoo him.

  • #18458
     leopardprints67 
    Participant

    Good point, TexasPT. I just was squicked out by the whole thing. But you’re right. I should do it and charge him a shiteload.

  • #18459
     Viper65 
    Member

    Personally, and we have had this discussion before, i would have refused to do it as well. And KUDOS to you for doing so!!

  • #18460
     leopardprints67 
    Participant

    @viper65 wrote:

    Personally, and we have had this discussion before, i would have refused to do it as well. And KUDOS to you for doing so!!

    I thought long and hard about this and I decided absolutely NOT. For the same reasons I refuse to do gang tattoos but love to do gang coverups. 1. I don’t want to promote anything negative 2. I don’t want my name associated with any shit like that and 3. It’s against my values.

    Thanks. I thought about doing it and sneaking in a Star of David or something of that ilk. But naaaw…not worth it.

  • #18461
     Viper65 
    Member

    Ive done art all my life, painting mostly and have always stuck to what i wanted to do. My mother would always ask me why i dont paint a pretty tree or a flower, or sunset or something!!!! Even when i was selling paintings in galleries (New Orleans), i painted what “I” wanted to paint, no exceptions, if they didnt like it they didnt have to buy it, by the way, I did rather well in selling my stuff. I wish I was a better painter and could devote more time to it, there are so many talented undiscovered artists out there with some of the greatest and strangest ideas i have ever seen that rarely get discovered, its just a shame to say the least. I have no problem what so ever turning down something that i am not comfortable with whether its in my personal belief or not, if its my art work and has my name on it then i will be proud of it….PERIOD>! :twisted:

  • #18462
     leopardprints67 
    Participant

    @viper65 wrote:

    Ive done art all my life, painting mostly and have always stuck to what i wanted to do. My mother would always ask me why i dont paint a pretty tree or a flower, or sunset or something!!!! Even when i was selling paintings in galleries (New Orleans), i painted what “I” wanted to paint, no exceptions, if they didnt like it they didnt have to buy it, by the way, I did rather well in selling my stuff. I wish I was a better painter and could devote more time to it, there are so many talented undiscovered artists out there with some of the greatest and strangest ideas i have ever seen that rarely get discovered, its just a shame to say the least. I have no problem what so ever turning down something that i am not comfortable with whether its in my personal belief or not, if its my art work and has my name on it then i will be proud of it….PERIOD>! :twisted:

    Damned right!!

  • #18463
     LetMeInkYou 
    Member

    honestly, i’m only a 16 year old with a dream to be a tattoo artist. but i’m already sure that i won’t tattoo breasts, and i won’t tattoo a persons face unless i feel comfortable with the design, it’s relatively small, and the person already has plenty of tattoos. other than that, i wouldn’t tattoo things that are obviously gang related or racist. and i wouldn’t tattoo a foreign language until it’s been checked, double-checked, and triple-checkeed to be correct.

  • #18464
     jguzman89 
    Member

    i hope you guys dont think im a bad person but i wouldve done all those tattoos. i love paul booths style and he mostly does some really sick and disturbing tattoos. As far as gang tattoos why not, it will be good practice with that east la style i like. that hitler portrait with the nazi symbols might have been pushing it but im latino so i doubt they would ask me anyways :D

  • #18465
     dave14jones 
    Member

    Hey That’s really a good question……I think a good artist says no when he thinks he can not do justice with any design(and that’s very rare with them)……and a bad artist never says no… ;)

  • #18466
     LisaM 
    Member

    I would say no if I didn’t feel comfortable with the design or tattoo area.

  • #18467
     LisaM 
    Member

    @dave14jones wrote:

    Hey That’s really a good question……I think a good artist says no when he thinks he can not do justice with any design(and that’s very rare with them)……and a bad artist never says no… ;)

    Agreed. There are some things I would never do for the money

  • #18468
     KitchenWizard 
    Member

    If I thought I could execute a design well, then I would not turn away money from something like a White Power tat or Hitler Portrait, after all, as pointed above, it’s not a reflection my personal opinions, but of the person wearing the ink, and that person is ‘already there’. However. In the past, I have done work on a couple who have turned out to be extremely unreliable with regards paying and still owe me money. If they ever contact me again and request work done, I will have to decline to do so. I would rather someone was walking round with a piece of my unfinished work (and the resultant hassle of having to go to a studio [or another Kitchen Wizard] to get it finished off) so they learn the lesson of not thinking they can treat me like a chump, and that they can get work done for cheap/for free, simply because I am a home artist, and they think they can weasel out of paying… The only work I would actually decline to do, would be something I felt I could not execute well, as I would not want to leave someone with a substandard tattoo.

  • #18469
     mussie 
    Member

    i’m a bit stuck on the wire with this one, growing up in the UK nothing much bothers me (apart from peodphiles). i’m not sure if i would or would’nt tattoo the mentioned request from a customer? as already mentioned if the person is sick enough to want such tattoo’s your not going to stop them, and they will find a tattooist that will do it; so i guess it just depends on if you wanted to cash in on it or not.???? :/

  • #18470
     robroy289 
    Participant

    @dave14jones wrote:

    Hey That’s really a good question……I think a good artist says no when he thinks he can not do justice with any design(and that’s very rare with them)……and a bad artist never says no… ;)

    I am glad you said that!!! Alot of eager people will slap any design on someone!!! I myself have no problem doing gang,Nazi, or what else ever someone want’s so long as i am comfortable with design and layout!!! I mean who am i to tell someone what to wear on their body!! I do not promote it, advocate it, and don’t necessarily have to like it..It is all about the client and what they want.. But i will tell you from personal experience that most gang members have to be tattooed by another ranking gang member or in higher rank…

  • #18471
     FrancoLewis 
    Member

    The artist will refuse when the designs is difficult to make it and the part that is will be placed.

  • #18472
     calquinn 
    Member

    I totally agree, I would never do anything I didn’t feel comfortable doing, and gangs do their own tattoos don’t they ?

  • #18473
     Jester Ink 
    Participant

    i was recently approached to do a tat fer a guy that wanted a troublesome tattoo. don’t get me wrong, i’m no pro, (i say that a lot) i’ll do a tat of just about anything. this fellow wanted a tat of a child hanging like a pinata and people smacking the kid with sticks…at first i was like “wtf” then without hesitation said “hell no, find someone else”. twas the first person i’ve refused service and i really don’t care if it gives me a bad “rep”. i will not tattoo offensive, vulgar, child abuse, or peoples names (unless its a valid reason, like lost love one or child’s name or remembrance) i don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but i did it.

  • #18474
     Ramenuzumaki 
    Participant

    i refuse any tattoo that is of a boyfriend, or girlfriend
    i wont do a tattoo that someone will regret
    love lasts until death, but tattoos last through zombification

    i will also refuse any tattoo i deem wont last: ie toes, bottoms of feet, palms, tongue, etc

    also anything i find is offencive, or that I wouldnt want my studio name on

  • #18475
     murai89 
    Participant

    an artist should say no also if the area they want it in isnt going to benefit their future or can make it harder for them career wise depending. i had kids 18 yrs old trying to get them to tattoo their necks face, hands, when they havent even realized what they wanted to do or become. they jump into getting all these tattoos just because famous rappers and celebrities what not have them. that you should say no to. or gang related tattoos and what not

  • #18476
     Ramenuzumaki 
    Participant

    when it comes to hand, and necks, and such i really try to deter them from doing it. the exception would be if they are obviously of age to know what they are doing, if their job will accept it, and if they already have a lot of tattoos, or already have hand and neck tattoos

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