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Tattoo Artists Dish On Customers Who Bailed In The Middle Of Their Tattoos
Tattoo Artists Dish On Customers Who Bailed In The Middle Of Their Tattoos

Body art has become very popular and more mainstream than in the past. But getting a tattoo still involves a mechanized needle puncturing the skin and injecting ink into the dermis or second layer of skin just below the epidermis.

As expected, being poked over and over with a needle hurts.

Reddit user Semperspy asked "Tattoo artists of reddit: Has anyone ever chickened out mid-tattoo? How do you handle this?"

Here are the war stories from tattoo artists and recipients of their artwork.

Brush it Off
Brush it Off

My friend in high school went to go get a tattoo to celebrate graduating, and she got the first line drawn. Couldn't handle the pain very well and also had doubts about getting one at all.

So now she has what looks like a hair on her shoulder blade.

What's the T?
What's the T?

Didn't chicken out, but aged 13 we dared each other to give ourselves tattoos. I went with a cross on my calf. Ran out of ink most of the way through, so, over 30 years later, still have T on my calf.

Bad Dream
Bad Dream

My tattoo artist told me a story about how he was doing a pretty large piece on one of his clients, and the guy fell asleep about 1/3 of the way in.

When the guy woke up, he freaked out and had no recollection of what was happening - he stopped the tattoo right there, and from what I hear, it's never been finished.

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