If you have experience with tattoos, PLEASE READ THE UPDATE at the BOTTOM and HELP...
I unstandard tattooing is an art, and I respect that. However I just recently went to get some new ink and was sort of shocked by the service/comments and wanted to know if this is the norm, or if it's just the backwards company I was dealing with. After all, I live in a state where tattooing just became legal less than 10 years ago.
Is it normal for people to bring in and request exactly what they want, or do they usually walk in and let the artist do whatever the heck they want.
Also, should the tattoo artist have more say in what you get, than you do, or is it acceptable for them to get irritated because they have a different vision than you, and you don't want their vision (that you don't like) on your body permanently.
I just had a very unpleasant experience where I had two different artist tell me that they don't usually do what people want, people just come in and let the artist do what they want.
They also tattooed over a tattoo I had done less than 24 hours prior, and only afterwards told me that healing would be twice as difficult and there was twice the chance of infection. Again I was only told this AFTER it was done. If I knew this info beforehand I would have waited until it was healed and then came back. On top of that the pain was almost unbearable. I knew it would hurt more than it did the night before (which didn't really hurt at all) but I had no idea how excruciating it would be.
I've had two done at separate times years ago and I was treated much better, but unfortunately I can't track down those artists, and my search for a new artist was a total fail. Even though I did tons of research.
If you know of an EXCEPTIONAL artist in NC or GA, please let me know.
The original one was just an outline, not colored in and not connected at the bottom. I just wanted it connected and colored in. I asked if I needed to wait, they told me I could do it that day... But I should've went with my gut instead of listening to the so called "professional".
UPDATE: My ankle where the tattoo is, is now red, swollen, feels hot and my toes are tingling. Please tell me this is normal?!