I'm not saying that everything is great, as it certainly is an inconvenience for both of you. They lost the day of work too. Im sure they would rather have been working and making money too.
Also, the deposit is there to protect the artist. It will still go towards your overall cost. All you can do is reach out and state explicitly that you will or will not be at the next appointment.
Again, this is certainly less than ideal. All i was trying to say was that this hardly seems to be worth this amount of online stressing and venting.
So I just wait to be contacted and not show on the day I was given. I realize people are sick, but I was inconvenienced by losing a day of work. If I would have canceled my deposit would have been lost. I’m out the day of work, out the deposit so far, have half a tattoo and no confirmed appointment. Seems like terrible service.