It's an art, not an exact science
It’s estimated that almost half of all people in America under the age of 35 years old have at least one tattoo, and it’s not at all uncommon for people to get them in places that are usually visible (unlike when you had to hide them to be considered for employment). But with all of those tattoos, you know not all of them are great works of art. Some of them are downright terrible, and that tattoo artist probably paid dearly for someone else to fix it up.
Here’s what people had to say about giving and getting bad tattoos.
I used to work in a shop out in Fresno, and I was an apprentice at the time. At this shop, I didn’t yet have my own booth. I was working on this girl and just about to finish when the light that was clamped to the counter behind me fell on the girl who was laying on her stomach. It caught her on fire immediately and burned her pretty good. I was needle down when this occurred. It didn’t go well for her. She got a nice black line where it didn’t belong. Needless to say, we were both so shaken up from the ordeal, she ended up coming over and I got her one of my nice shirts to replace hers, didn’t charge her, and smoked her out, was a good female bonding experience. We ended up friends. Could have been sued probably. That lamp went to the garbage despite my shop owners “opinion”. Still feel bad 6.5 years later. I quit not long after. (refridgerage)
Once had a customer come in and pick a design off the wall. It was a tasmanian devil holding 2 leeks with the words “cymru am byth” underneath. This mean “Wales forever” in Welsh. As the tattoo was finished he looked in the mirror and asked what it means. We told him and he said “but I’m english”. (Stephen1985)
It was my second legit in-shop tattoo, I was only to do free tattoos for friends only for a few months before I was allowed to get actual clients. An old friend from high school made an appointment for a nautical star. I did the outline no problem, and started packing in color. I was going around the points filling in the left sides black and when I got to the last point I filled in the right side instead. I felt horrible. We worked it out to where she was happy and tried to tell me not to worry but I did, and still do. (RagnarOnTheDashboard)