Recently, I’ve had a few clients come in with photos of custom tattoos in the hopes that I will duplicate them. After I educate them on the etiquette of custom tattoos and explain why I need to redraw/redesign them, I usually get one of the following responses: “I completely understand and I’m sure I’ll love what you design” or, “Change it? But I really like it the way it is!”
Though I try to explain to potential clients that this defeats the purpose of getting their own one-of-a-kind, custom tattoo, sometimes their insistence forces me to abandon “their” idea completely!
Pick an artist whom you trust and whose work you admire, and then be open-minded to the artist’s visions and suggestions. Feel free to bring references–but know that a reputable tattooer will not give you an exact copy of another artist’s work.
–Guest post by Mark Duhan at Skin Deep Ink in New Milford, CT.
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