If anything, getting under someone's skin should be their job, not yours! :p
Before diving into this blog, we'd like to establish that as artists, we love our clients. Listening to their tattoo stories and learning about their lifestyle and ideologies is what makes this job fun. In fact, we're thankful to them for making our daily routine more lively, colorful, and engaging. However, there are always some quirks and eccentricities of certain individuals that can make a tattoo artist's life a living nightmare.
You'd not want your tattoo artist to be going through this, right?
Let's have a look at some of the things that you, as a client, should avoid if you want to help make our lives easier! :)
If you have booked a slot for consultation, it'd be really cool if you actually came! :D
So, how many of y'all have agreed to meet up for a consultation regarding your prospective tattoo only to decide that you can't make it later? I mean, it could be because of a legit reason like an emergency errand or a last-minute meeting at work. Do you know what would be awesome during such a scenario? Notify your artist about the change in the plan so they can allot that slot to another potential customer. This way, you don't come off as a snob, and your artist who reserved that slot, especially for you, can think of something productive to do during that time.
Running late for your appointment? Pick up your phone and let us know!!!
Consider this - you've fixed a part-time maid who'll come to your house every morning to clean the floor and do the dusting of your home. The time agreed upon is 8:00 AM, as you have to ensure everything is wrapped up by 9:00 AM in order to reach the office by 10:00 AM. Now, one fine day your maid does not arrive at the agreed-upon time, and you start getting anxious as this will lead to you getting late for work. It's 8:15 AM, and yet there's no sight of her...
This situation is no different from how we, as your clients, feel when we have no clarity about your whereabouts if you've booked an appointment but don't get there at the specified time. Your phone can do more than just stalking your friends on Instagram and hooking up on Tinder; they can actually make phone calls too! So why not let your artist know if you're gonna be late so they can stay calm, plan ahead, and be prepared for when you do arrive.
You'd hate to be in a position where you reach late, and because your artist wasn't sure if you were gonna show up, he is now tending to another client. Imagine being made to wait for that session to end!
Do not show up wasted for your tattoo appointment :(
Now, there are many reasons why one should not be wasted if they are looking to get inked. Firstly, it affects the quality of the tattoo. This is something we all know. However, you know what bothers an artist most about those who've had a drink apart from the fact that they weren't invited? Well, it makes it next to impossible to ink someone who's not in control of his own movements and refuses to sit still! As artists, we need our clients to be in their senses to follow simple instructions like staying in a particular position while we are doing our thing.
Trust the artist because he knows what he is doing
A tattoo artist is in this profession because of a specific set of skills that he has mastered and has been doing for quite some time. Think of it this way, a surgeon going into surgery - does his patient stop him mid-way to tell him that he can probably make an incision differently to improve the outcome of that surgery? No. Similarly, an artist knows what to do in order to make your tattoo flawless. Furthermore, suppose you keep pestering your artist with your desire to control the process. In that case, it could plant a seed of doubt on the artist and his own ability. If it's a custom design, the artist definitely does not mind inputs from their clients as it is a joint effort. However, it is best to let the artist do his job the way he knows to ensure they deliver the kind of tattoos that have been advertised by them in the first place.
Lastly, remember to appreciate your artist after a job well done because everybody in this world wants to feel appreciated and loved for their efforts!
Trust us; it'll make their day :)
If you think this blog reflects the traits of someone you know and could help educate them, it'll be real swell of you to share it with them!
Also, we're always open for a free consultation; if you have any tattoo ideas or design that you are interested in, do walk in for a chat. You never know what's on the other side unless you don't explore further!