Make your tattoo your story, not your regert…you heard me.
So, have you ever had someone make fun of your tattoo(s)? You kind of have to ask yourself if you deserve it at some point since most tattoos, even if people don’t like them, come off as stunning pieces of art that the artist spent a lot of time on. But if you’re sporting something that cost only a few bucks and isn’t really that impressive, you might be able to stop wondering why people are laughing and why they’re bothering to point and not show any kind of respect to their fellow human beings. I mean seriously, some tattoos are just bad, bad enough to warrant being turned into memes and running jokes for as long as people can make them appear funny. In all honesty, I can’t condone anyone making fun of another person for no good reason, but there are decisions being made out there that are kind of, well, stupid. When it comes to getting a tattoo, your decision-making abilities come into play quite a bit.
Choosing to get a tattoo isn’t a big deal since it’s your decision and by all means, you can do what you want. But unless you’re careful and know exactly what you want to get tattooed on your body, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be walking around with something that will create gales of laughter rather than looks of admiration. And think about this: you’ll be walking around with it for a very long time unless you opt for surgery, which means shining a laser on your body to, in a way, erase the tattoo. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound so bad then there are plenty of clips on YouTube that show how ‘not bad’ it is to get rid of a tattoo. After you’re done hearing enough people moan and groan and possibly cry, you might rethink the whole idea of how important it is to pick your tattoo and your artist wisely.
A lot of people are going to continue to roll their eyes and shake their heads when it comes to being told how serious getting a tattoo can be. But the truth is that unless you want to be another meme, another joke, you’ll find a way to make it clear to your artist that you want something that’s going to look good and will be as accurate as possible. You’ll also take the time to make sure that the artist is reputable and knows what the hell they’re doing. Don’t get excited if you find an artist that does images for cheap. That means you don’t want their services since like it or not, cheaper isn’t better when it comes to tattoos since you do get what you pay for. But with bad tattoos, you’ll be paying for a while after your tats have healed.
Ready to see what going cheap will get you?
Nope, not a single regret for some tattoos, right?
If your tattoo artist is doing this to your body then you can rightfully deduce a couple of things, such as:
- You pissed off the artist.
- Your artist is a moron.
- See numbers 1 and 2.
Most artists know how to spell and how to check their work before they get down to it. Mistakes like this are jokes that draw a lot of attention, especially if the work is legible and definitely worth the money, even if the message is screwed up. More often than not, if something like this happens, meaning a spelling mistake that makes one feel that the artist didn’t move on from second grade, it means that you irritated your artist to such a degree that they weren’t about to let you off the hook that easily. Then again, if you go to a bargain basement tattoo shop (they do exist) you’ll be lucky if all you leave with is a mistake, since some artists, believe it or not, do get by with shoddy work that makes a second-grader look like DaVinci. But the bottom line is this, make sure the design is sound and do your best to avoid pissing off your artist.
Do NOT aggravate the tattoo artist.
Sadly, tattoo artists aren’t the only ones that have to deal with people telling them that “I can find someone who can do this for cheaper”, since a lot of folks are loathe to part with their money despite wanting everything for next to nothing. One thing you have to remember, among many things, is no matter what a person thinks of tattoo artists, they’re still professionals, and they deserve to be treated as such. Trying to tell a professional that you can get something done for cheaper and maintain the integrity of the tattoo is kind of funny to be fair, but in a way, it also cheapens the art since you’re essentially telling the artist that they’re overrated and overpriced. At that point the issue isn’t with the artist, it’s with the penny-pincher that’s trying to justify, in their mind, getting a lesser quality tattoo. Have fun with that.
Things have definitely changed in the world of tattoos.
How many people remember what it was to have a tribal tattoo back in the day? It meant you were tough, it meant you weren’t to be messed with, because you were a badass with a pointed tattoo on your arm, chest, or wherever. Of course, if you had it above your ass or elsewhere people might think something else, but oh well. These days, tattoos still have just as much meaning, but that meaning has definitely changed in a big way since comparing a tribal tattoo to a forest scene feels like something was lost in translation. I mean, you could say that all that detail makes a person tough since they had to sit through it. But otherwise, it could mean you’re a nature-lover and enjoy pain. Hmm, sounds like someone from the Pacific Northwest.
The tattoo experience is real, but how you take it kind of depends on your pain tolerance.
I get it, some people don’t like pain. But those are generally the people that can take a tattoo the easiest or shouldn’t even walk into the shop. I’m serious, some people who don’t like pain can actually take more than those who consider themselves to be badass. But the thing is this: if you can’t take the pain and wince at the sight of a needle, don’t bother coming into the shop, and no, it’s not a joke. Does a tattoo hurt? Hell yes, it hurts, but the fact is that some people can take the pain and equate it to a horrible sunburn, which is accurate, to be honest. It’s not the pain of getting the tattoo that sucks though, it’s letting the damned thing heal, especially when it reaches the itchy stage. But when you’re in the chair, a responsible artist will keep an eye on you just to make certain that you’re doing okay. Some people pass out, some can’t stop moving, and some get goosed by the mere thought of the needle being turned on.
This is not something that those who can’t sit still should be doing. Make certain that you can take the pain and push through it, otherwise, at the risk of sounding rude, you don’t belong in a tattoo shop.
Be smart about your tattoos, please.
Seriously, this caption is spot-on since a lot of people with facial tattoos do find themselves being ridiculed. Let’s put it this way, unless it’s a cultural practice that involves covering your face with tattoos, like say a Polynesian tribe, then you’re bound to draw a lot of attention, and usually not the good kind. If you’re trying to work at a corporation with this type of extensive tattooing on your mug, good luck with that. It might sound snobbish, elitist, and whatever other -ist you want to call it, but the truth is that corporations and many businesses don’t want you coming in looking like you were the first person to fall asleep at the house party.
As I mentioned with Polynesian tattoos, some folks can pull this off because it’s part of their culture, but for most anyone else it just makes you look like an idiot. Plus, think about how recognizable you’ve become, there’s no hiding from anyone at this point. Do you have a beard? You can shave. Do you have bad skin? Start moisturizing or wear hoods. Do you have a gnarly face tattoo? Good luck with that bubba, here’s a ski mask and a lifetime of ridicule coming your way, enjoy.
Sometimes you’ve got to wonder if everyone is born with the capacity to think about what they’re doing before they do it. In some cases, the answer is kind of obvious, but in others, you do have to sit and try to decipher what the thought process was that went into this. It’s sad, but some people actually do the dumbest things when they’re depressed, bored, or even just trying to think of something to do. Hmm, should I walk on the train tracks or let someone apply a permanent marking to my face with a needle? Decisions, decisions…
A lady’s priorities can change in regards to body art, right?
For the longest time, it was considered to be taboo for women to get tattoos, especially when it was considered bad form for any but the roughest of men to get them. But in the spirit of equality, watching ladies get tatted up these days is kind of impressive since it’s another way to show who they are and what they believe in. Diamonds are forever and all that, but they’re pretty stones that can be lost and even damaged under the wrong circumstances. Plus, diamonds can be stolen and/or lost, but tattoos are there for good unless someone is willing to get them lasered off, which feels like a giant waste of time since it’s like walking back the beliefs that made you who you are. So really, women with tattoos are (hopefully) being truthful to themselves by showing their personality and what matters to them.
Imagination does pay off when it comes to tattoos.
It is kind of amazing how some people can like a very simple and unimaginative tattoo, but find little to no time to appreciate something that took a while to complete. Tattoo art is every bit as complicated as other works of art, and it’s already been seen that the masses differ in their appreciation of various artwork. Look at it this way, a lot of people enjoy the Mona Lisa, but literally, millions enjoy the simplicity of Spongebob. When you can find the time to explain it, please let me know why simple is usually liked by millions and complex is appreciated by thousands.
Think, think, THINK about how your tattoo will look when it’s done.
If you don’t see it then there’s a good chance that you won’t until someone points it out. But this is the point of tattoos, you need to think about your design, look at it from different angles, and then look at it again to make certain that you’re asking for something that’s not going to be ridiculed up and down. Seriously, something like this is bound to keep you in long sleeves for the rest of your life since no one wants to think about the implications of a bad tattoo, especially one like this.
Go ahead, piss your tattoo artist off.
A lot of tattoo artists are very good at what they do, and they can prove it. But there’s only so much you should ask of anyone, and a detailed tattoo on your finger does kind of depend on who’s doing the work. It also depends on how big your fingers are since a finger can only hold so much detail, and unless the artist is that good and does this kind of thing all the time, they’re likely going to look at you like you’re crazy, and for good reason. There are likely a few people out there that can do something like this given the time, but typically, your artist will look at you as though they’ve seen a few screws come bouncing out of your ear.
Pay to play baby, it works with tattoos too.
No, I’m not going to condone asking women to just strip for men unless they really feel the need. Plus, it’s something that’s best done in private rather than online or in sight of anyone else, unless one is in a strip club, then it’s a kind of open game. It’s a great way to get to know each other when you’re dating, Other than that, it’s a fun way to be playful, but do be respectful.
You might get slapped, laughed at, or barely tolerated at a convention for this.
This one feels more like a joke than anything, but it’s possible that a tattoo artist isn’t much of a comic book fan. Hey, it does happen, some artists feel that they’re too cool to get into anything as geeky and nerdy as comic books. Oh yes, I did say that, even though I AM a comic book and movie nerd.
WTR? (Why’s That Radass?)
Let’s put it this way, yeah? If you’re going to get a tattoo then you’re going to need to expect at least a little bit of ridicule. But, if you have a good sense of humor and can laugh at yourself from time to time, then you should be fine. Let your freak flag fly, but make sure it looks the way you want it to first.