tattoo artists: what are some tattoos you hate doing?

i read somewhere that tattoo artists hate doing lettering. also tribal symbols and chinese lettering (especially if the customer isnt one of those things) i also heard one artist say he hates the detailed tattoos because its a lot of work, but then heard another say that the detailed ones are his favortie to do because they usually are origional.

so tattoo artists.. whats your top few things you hate tattooing? what about places on the body to tattoo? (a fat bellly, hairy back, etc) any stories? just curious!

I don’t enjoy tribal, it’s just boring. I also don’t like doing the Kanji. I don’t speak the language, and almost always, neither does the client, and so you can’t always be sure you’re getting what you want. And yes, I don’t like doing lettering either. You’ve got me pegged! The letter tattoos don’t age well. If someone wants a large tattoo with nice lettering, I will do it. However, a lot of people want quotes, names, or words placed on their wrists, behind their ears, or in other spots that don’t allow me to do them large. If they are too small, as the ink sinks lower into the dermis, it spreads and the tattoo loses its boldness.

EDIT: Haha Jamie B, that cracks me up! I put up a sign long ago that says, "If you are sick, dirty, smelly, sunburned, under 18, drunk, on drugs, or looking for a deal, please exit now." I can relate!!!

3 Responses to “tattoo artists: what are some tattoos you hate doing?”

  1. rocketwife says:

    I don’t enjoy tribal, it’s just boring. I also don’t like doing the Kanji. I don’t speak the language, and almost always, neither does the client, and so you can’t always be sure you’re getting what you want. And yes, I don’t like doing lettering either. You’ve got me pegged! The letter tattoos don’t age well. If someone wants a large tattoo with nice lettering, I will do it. However, a lot of people want quotes, names, or words placed on their wrists, behind their ears, or in other spots that don’t allow me to do them large. If they are too small, as the ink sinks lower into the dermis, it spreads and the tattoo loses its boldness.

    EDIT: Haha Jamie B, that cracks me up! I put up a sign long ago that says, "If you are sick, dirty, smelly, sunburned, under 18, drunk, on drugs, or looking for a deal, please exit now." I can relate!!!
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    Shop owner, in the business 15 years.

  2. The Artful Dodger says:

    An artist who doesn’t like to do detailed tattoos because it’s too much work? Doesn’t sound like much of an artist to me.
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  3. Jamie B says:

    I don’t like doing a tattoo that somebody brings in a picture of and says that is exactly how they want it done. For example, the nauticle star. I like to change and tweak tattoos to make them stand out. I also don’t like doing a tattoo that I wouldn’t want on my own body. I’ve turned down customers because I don’t want somebody thinking of me every time they show off their ugly tattoo.

    As far as parts of the body… any part that isn’t washed. Like this tramp stamp on this fat chick who had a sweaty back and a smelly butt.
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