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  1. I don’t need to be a moderator or a frequent poster in order to call out rude behavior, do I? If you want to get down to brass tacks, the forum rules do state this is supposed to be a positive and helpful environment and your comment wasn’t either of those things. But thanks for the suggestion, I’ll definitely be clicking the ignore button.
  2. Hogrider, the OP said he would stop over-moisturizing and you posted a snarky reply. How do you expect him to respond? Knock it off. That was uncalled for.
  3. I agree with Hogrider, the placement was very poor planning by your artist. The right wing would have covered it perfectly. But what’s done is done. It is going to be a badass piece nonetheless. With the way the prints are spaced out, you’ll either have to do a heavy background /blast over to cover it, or get a few laser sessions to lighten it so you can put something else there. If I were you, I’d zap it a few times and then you’ll have a lot more options.
  4. I am no stranger to this.. had it quite a few times and yes it does go away.. but you're right to mention it. Honestly I think I have more regrets with my cover up on my upper arm, so anything added to it I think will help, rather than make it worse.
  5. Thanks for all the replies! Sounds like most of you on here are total badasses and just went for it. I think my strategy has been so far, that I just get tattoos here and there and they've just built up to the point where I have a half sleeve now 🙃 It's given me the time I need to get used to them. The forearm is a big jump though and I'm super excited to see how it turns out :)
  6. Hi again!! I’m in the process of building a patchwork sleeve and the next step for me is to jump the elbow and fill in my forearms. I am SO excited, but really nervous about having visible forearm tattoos. I feel like the forearms is a huge step in being tattooed. How did you guys build your sleeves and adjust to having tattoos out where everyone can see them? Especially at work where people are not used to it.
  7. Hmm.. the other tattoo isn't bad, but the line work is a bit shaky and the solid black looks patchy. Yeah this might just be the tattoo artists inexperience especially if they've only been doing this for 3 years. Maybe book a consult with another artist and ask them their opinion on what caused this. I'm not an expert by any means but I'd get a second opinion if I were you.
  8. Sorry-- what was your question??
  9. Tattoos always heal lighter, but you definitely have a ton of fallout. You'll probably have to get this re-done. I wonder if the artist just went too light and didn't pack enough ink in? But some people just have a lot of fall out. How did your healing process go compared to your other tattoo?
  10. Hi again!! So it's been almost a year and I've long since gotten my tattoo finished so I thought I'd give an update. I went back for my last session and the same thing happened AGAIN. At the very end, as I'm under the needle, they tell me that I'll need to come back for another 2 hours. I said that I was uncomfortable and asked what happened to our agreement. I didn't get mad- I just asked a question. They got extremely defensive and rude, and accused me of not wanting to pay for their work. I reminded them that I'd already paid $500 over my budget in order to continue to get tattooed by them. I agreed to this project because they said they could work within that budget, and they did not honor that. I said I was not going to sit there and argue with them- I paid them for the extra 2 hrs and got the hell out of there. I had been there for 12 hours at this point (both sessions) for an upper bicep tattoo. I later went to another well-respected artist who told me it was absolutely insane I sat that long for a tattoo like mine, and that I definitely got screwed. I think this brings up an interesting conversation tho- I really disagree with the folks on here that think you should never confront an artist if they're being unreasonable. These situations don't come up because we have no idea what custom stuff costs- they happen because people aren't being honest. I do agree that this kind of service is bespoke and sometimes you don't know how long it will take. Every artist is entitled to charge whatever they think is fair, and I respect that. It's how we support the artists we like. However- when you give someone a budget, it is on the artist to tell you if that is realistic or not. It has nothing to do with "value" or "haggling", it has everything to do with honesty. If an artist chooses to give me a price estimate instead of an hourly rate- that is their cross to bear. Same deal if it was hourly- it would be wrong to say you charge $75/hr and then at the end say it's now $150/hr because it was more complicated. That's just bad business. Of course this is just my opinion - I am sure a lot of you will disagree with me but hey this is the internet 😄
  11. All’s well that ends well.. I talked w my artist and said that I was surprised at the extra time needed and asked what happened- if it ended up taking longer or what. It turns out there was a miscommunication when we consulted- 6 hours for the outline not for the whole project. She apologized for not correcting me in our emails before we started. She is willing to meet me half way and complete it within my budget which is amazing. I do think conversations are necessary if you have a feeling something is off... bc usually there is! Seeking clarity is never a bad thing- as long as you are not being aggressive about it. sometimes these things happen and i was totally wrong about what happened.
  12. Well I would have liked her to be up front and say “hey this is going to take me longer than usual, I am so sorry but it’s just more work than I was expecting and it will take me more time.” If she had sat me down and explained it to me I would have happily paid whatever it took to finish it. It’s not me cheaping out, it’s me being blindsided by something I wasn’t expecting at all as I am being rushed out the door. Typically artists know how long their work takes and if they truly don’t know, then they should say so. like “hey, this is a complicated rework and I don’t know how long it could take and we won’t know until we start. Are you okay with that?” I mean is that there unreasonable to ask for? She had many opportunities to tell me if she truly didn’t know how long it would take- but she chose to give me that time range. Was I wrong to expect her to meet her own estimate? I mean it’s just good business practice to provide accurate time frames. Why does anyone get a quotation before getting services done if it could literally be any amount? I think people deserve to know what they are walking into...
  13. It’s four hours more than agreed to, it was supposed to be 6-8hrs Max and now they are saying it will take another four hours on top of that which is significantly more. I definitely wouldn’t complain about two hours more, in fact I had planned for the Max 8 hours. so I at least want to know why this happened and why they didn’t tell me up front it would be a 12 hour process to get my shoulder re worked. the bitch of it is that I really do like the work, I think it will turn out great and I definitely don’t want to have to find another artist to finish this Frankenstein of a piece I have at this point! I just am struggling with her adding 4 hours to this project right as I am walking out the door. Especially when we had been emailing back and forth and agreed on 6/8 hours total.
  14. hey guys new to this forum, hopefully someone can help me.. I am getting my upper arm re-worked currently and I was told during consult that it would take 6-8 hours total. I decided to break that up into two sessions (confirmed via email between me and my artist) and had my first 4-hour session already. When my artist took me up to the front to pay after my session, they told me that it would take an additional 8 hours. I felt totally blindsided by this... I can understand it taking maybe 1-2 hours more than expected (that is normal for any larger/complicated tattoo) which I fully accepted due to the quoted time window.. but adding another 4 hours is a big jump. Especially when you start translating that into $$... it's an extra 900 on top of the 500 I already paid for my first session (I was quoted 600-800 total, depending on time). I feel like the artist wasn't up front with me and I'm stuck now with unfinished work. Plus my experience wasn't that awesome- there were some other things that happened during the appt that made me feel super rushed and like I was being hustled out the door. The artist sprung this on me right at the door as I was about to walk out. Is it appropriate for me to ask my artist to float the cost of the additional hours it will take to finish it? I feel like they bit off more than they could chew, realized that it was going to take longer and is now asking me to pay for their oversight. I get that there can sometimes be 1-2 hour differences, but honestly adding four extra hours is pretty suss to me- especially as I'm being hustled out the door at closing time. If the artist had at least sat me down and said "hey, this is a much bigger project than I expected and we are probably going to need another four hours to complete this. I am so sorry but can we meet in the middle on this?" and approached it that way, I would have been much more willing to pay whatever it took to finish it. But the way this went down just left a bad taste in my mouth. They also seemed annoyed that I wanted to use my deposit for my session and said I'd have to put down another deposit for my next appt... It was all really weird and I felt really upset about it after I left. What do you think I should do? Am I being unreasonable to ask for my artist to eat the cost of the extra time ?
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