how come that won't tatt your head unless...

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    Mar 16, 2008 10:42 AM GMT
    I went to a tatt parlor in canada, cuz thats where i live and i wanted a tatt on my head and she the lady said she couldn't do it unless i had a tatt somewhere else on my body, i don't cuz i don't want one, but why ? do i have 2 have 1 somewhere else first ? icon_sad.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 16, 2008 2:10 PM GMT
    I was in a relationship with a tattoo artist for 4 years, so I got to know many of his friends who were mostly tattoo artists as well. All of them were responsible tattoo artists, looking like thugs, but realistically they're business men.

    All of them are hesitant to tattoo someone on the neck, face, or scalp because once that ink is in the skin, it's there for life. The person with that visible tattoo can be stereotyped by others, and that tattoo can become a huge roadblock in that persons life.

    The client can easily come to regret their decision for getting such a visible tattoo. So, for most artists, they won't tattoo the head area on a tattoo virgin.

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 16, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidI was in a relationship with a tattoo artist for 4 years, so I got to know many of his friends who were mostly tattoo artists as well. All of them were responsible tattoo artists, looking like thugs, but realistically they're business men.

    All of them are hesitant to tattoo someone on the neck, face, or scalp because once that ink is in the skin, it's there for life. The person with that visible tattoo can be stereotyped by others, and that tattoo can become a huge roadblock in that persons life.

    The client can easily come to regret their decision for getting such a visible tattoo. So, for most artists, they won't tattoo the head area on a tattoo virgin.



    I would consider that very good policy.

    It's a pain in the ass for someone that wants it done, but very responsible on the part of the artist.

    Mike
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    Mar 16, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    MikePhil said[quote][cite]ShawnTO said[/cite]I was in a relationship with a tattoo artist for 4 years, so I got to know many of his friends who were mostly tattoo artists as well. All of them were responsible tattoo artists, looking like thugs, but realistically they're business men.

    All of them are hesitant to tattoo someone on the neck, face, or scalp because once that ink is in the skin, it's there for life. The person with that visible tattoo can be stereotyped by others, and that tattoo can become a huge roadblock in that persons life.

    The client can easily come to regret their decision for getting such a visible tattoo. So, for most artists, they won't tattoo the head area on a tattoo virgin.



    I would consider that very good policy.

    It's a pain in the ass for someone that wants it done, but very responsible on the part of the artist.

    Mike[/quote]

    I agree.
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    Mar 16, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    ditto

    Angel, the artist who designed and completed my first tat, talked with me for hours about the location to put my tattoo. I wanted it on my back and she was completely against it, as a first tattoo location. Her words, "once you get one, you'll want more." I told her, that it's only going to be a one time thing.

    4 tats later, i'm so thankful because now I have a tattoo covering my entire upper back (which i couldn't have done if it had not been for her counseling.)
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    Mar 16, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    I have a tattoo down the back of my head... i've never heard any reasons why an artist wouldnt tattoo the head other than the possible stimga associated with it. Then again, there might be certain policies or ordinances in Canada regarding tattooing that there aren't here in Ohio, USA.

    I know it's different from state to state in the US, hell even city to city. for the longest time it was illegal to tattoo in New York City (weird right).
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    Mar 16, 2008 4:24 PM GMT

    What was your choice?
    If you say you were wanting a barcode on the back of your neck....!!!icon_mad.gif
    No, she did right by you, there is a lot of stigma associated with visible tatoos and though it may not be fair, tats on the head is an upper level practice for the tatted elite. You ain't ready for it, son. icon_smile.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 16, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidi've never heard any reasons why an artist wouldnt tattoo the head other than the possible stimga associated with it.


    This is exactly what I was explaining. It has nothing to do with regulations. There is a certain stigma attached to it, one that a tattoo newbie may not be ready or willing to deal with.
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    Mar 16, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    I hate to say it, but being in management if a job applicant walked in with a tattoo down half their face and across their neck, I would have a hard time not having that influence my hiring decision.

    I now that sounds shallow, but where I work tattoos are very common, unfortunately the people who have them are behind steel bars.