Would You Let Your Friend Tattoo You?

@hcromer (2712)
United States
March 30, 2007 1:04pm CST
My friend has been apprentice tattooing for about a month and a half now and I let her tattoo me a couple days ago. It was only the 13th tattoo that she'd ever done and she had a pretty heavy hand considering I was getting it done on my ankle. It hurt like hell. Would you let your friend tattoo you if they were still fairly new at it? Would the price make a difference or would you be more concerned that it was going to last forever?
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
30 Mar 07
New tattoo artists tend to be a little heavy handed, but as long as she was doing it in a place that was clean and sanitary then I see no reason not to do it. The price wouldn't make a difference to me, but since she is a friend, it would be nice to get a break on it.
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@hcromer (2712)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I got a great deal on it, she's doing a special rate for people that I bring in to her of $20 so of course I had to tip her $10 for this one, I am putting off a bigger one till I can afford to tip her more.
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
hmmm..It is possible to get infections and diseases when you get a tattoo, but as long as the tattoo parlor you go to is reputable and CLEAN, you should be fine. I've never heard anything about the ink sinking...
@romel_ece (1290)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I think we're talking about trust and confidence here.On my part I would still have my tattoo with my friend even though it's just his 13th time because I have that great trust and confidence in my friend right now.
@Bell88 (370)
• Malaysia
1 Apr 07
No. I wouldn't even want a tattoo. Even if i did want one i would get a professional and not my under experiece friend to do it . unless of course she is the professional. Otherwise don't try to save money and get a professional.
@freak369 (4742)
• United States
31 Mar 07
We all had to learn somewhere lol. I know all about those people with heavy hands sweetie. When I had my back done I let someone who was new do some shading and let's just say, I had to stop after about a half hour and explain what they were doing wrong. If they do screw up there should be someone there to correct it. That's why working at an established shop is a real benefit, even if you aren't making any money from it, you are still getting a lot of help from others.
@raredog (743)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
Yup. I have done it before just like what happen to you. I guess its because my friend will never charged me for the service. And that I think he knows what he's doing, specially the sanitation of the needles. But unfortunately he has a heavy hand too.
@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
31 Mar 07
I am scared of pain. I am even afraid of injections. I cannot imagine I can let anyone do a tattoo on me. No, I would not let my friend tattoo on me even for free. I am not going to be a guinea pig :P
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I do not want a tattoo. Even if I did, I really do not think so. If I did it at all, I might consider allowing her to do a small one in an inconspicuous place. I certainly would not go for anything large, extremely obvious, or in a very sensitive area.
30 Mar 07
Personally I don't think I would. Although I love tattoos, a bad one is a scar for life. I think you need to be 100% sure about what you want and who is doing it when you go for one. I was on a waiting list for months to get mine by one of the best in the U.K. but I'm pleased I did. It's not worth the risk. If they'd practised for a few years and built up an impressive portfolio, then I'd let them.