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Tattoo Artists Describe Tattoo Ideas That Made Them Ask, 'Are You Sure?'

Updated July 1, 2019 85.8k votes 14.6k voters 383.4k views19 items

List RulesVote up the tattoo stories that make your say oh no, no, no.

Tattoos have become incredibly mainstream over the past few decades. People from all walks of life go into parlors to get amazing artwork inked onto their bodies. However, even though artists will work with customers, they won't just blindly accept any request. They usually turn down the worst ideas, or at the very least have a serious discussion with the client beforehand.

Unlike tattoo customer horror stories from people who visited less than reputable stores, these examples all involve artists questioning or even refusing to do a tattoo. Thanks to the people of Reddit, we have plenty of examples of such instances. Out of all the cases of crazy tattoo requests that shocked tattoo artists, there is little doubt that these are among the craziest out there.

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    A Duckface Selfie

    From Redditor /u/kebot:

    Dude came in and asked me to tattoo a portrait of his girlfriend. Only the portrait was a duck face Snapchat selfie. I jokingly suggested adding her holding the phone, taking the selfie, but he thought it was a great idea. They've only been dating six months and he didn't tell her he was going to get it.

    Is this cringe-worthy?
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    Penis Party

    From Redditor /u/GiantSquidd:

    This one guy wanted a penis with penises for arms with a penis, I just couldn't do it. It was just too stupid, and I really don't need that dude telling people that that's my work.

    Is this cringe-worthy?
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    How Many Girlfriend Cover-Ups Does It Take?

    From Redditor /u/hellaterry:

    A guy came in and got his wife's name covered up with a portrait of his new girlfriend. My coworker used part of her shirt in the picture to cover up the name. Then two months later he turned his now ex girlfriends portrait into a demon.

    I started working at another shop and in came the same guy with a third girl and they were getting matching tattoos on their hands. When I walked to the front and saw him he totally pretended he didn't know me.

    Is this cringe-worthy?
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    All The Genitals All Over

    From Redditor /u/Coolbeansrcool:

    I work in a tattoo store in Europe, and this dude (who was clearly flat out drunk) walked in and demanded multiple genitalia (both male and female) tattooed over various parts of his body. I declined.

    Is this cringe-worthy?