this is for the people who like to give bad reviews
It never ceases to amaze me that
people will spend a hundred dollars a
week on cigarettes and another
hundred on sodas, but don't seem to
want to pay for a tattoo. In the past 5
years I've heard more grumbling about
tattoo pricing than any other thing, and
honestly, it gets annoying.
We are artists, and we have bills to pay
too. We don't do this as a hobby, we do
it as a lifelong career. We work
sometimes 16 hours a day, 5 to 6 days
a week and sometimes more and barely
pay the bills.
You, the customer, come in and see a
tattoo for $200 and you think its too
expensive. We finish putting our heart
and soul into it and we look at it with
pride, but think it wasn't expensive
enough. The artist only makes a
percentage of that tattoo, and it might
be half of the work he does that week.
If he closes the week taking home $500
he feels like he has done well, but after
calculating his hours and finding he has
worked 70 hours for that $500, you find
that he makes less than minimum
But you, the customer often complain
about the price and if the artist doesn't
come down you might well go to
another studio that does worse work for
a better price, or go to a scratcher
running out of his home.
I never wanted to be rude to anyone, I
never wanted to be difficult, but when
customers complain about the price, I
find myself wanting to tell them that if
they don't care about the quality of their
work, I will gladly send them to an artist
in another studio who is no good and
will charge you what he is worth. Things have changed since I entered
the tattoo world, and not really for the
better. It used to be that people took
pride in their tattoos. It expressed
something for them and they would
save up to pay what it was worth to get
a piece of art that was uniquely THEM.
They would not go to a second rate
artist to get a better deal, they would
hunt out the best work and pay what
the work was worth.
$50 tattoos have always been part of
the tattoo world but it was until a few
years ago, a small part of it. Now it
seems to be overwhelming it with this
idea that I can get the smallest tattoo
possible for the cheapest price. Today
it isn't about expression so much as
fashion and no one wants to pay for
fashion. Today just HAVING the tattoo
is enough. The cheaper the better and
if the quality is no good...well who
cares, it was CHEAP! So what, you can
cover it with a quarter!
The title: Tattoo Collector used to be
worn with pride, but today I was told,
"I'm not a collector, I just like tattoos"
Ahhh, how times have changed.
I long for the days when people wanted
works of art, and were willing to do
whatever it took to get it, I long for the
days when people hung out at the
Tattoo Parlor and brought all their
friends, I long for the day when getting
your first tattoo was a rite of passage
and not something to be rushed, but
something to be planned and
experienced. I long for the day when
Tribal Tattoos were restricted to the
Tribes that wore them.
Ahhh, how times have changed.
The truth is that they have changed,
and the appreciation of the art is
lacking, and that is simply the way it is.