Graveyard Shift Tattoo Artists Describe Tattoo Ideas That Made Them Ask "Are You Sure?"  

Nathan Gibson
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Tattoos have become incredibly mainstream over the past few decades. They are no longer the reserve of just a few individuals and now 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 will not just blindly do any work they are asked. The worst tattoo ideas are likely to be turned down, or at the very least an artist will really, really have to seriously discuss them 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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The Ex-Wife Revenge

From Redditor /u/Sickwarboy:

This guy came in with a picture of his ex-wife. He told me he wanted it on his chest, but for it to look like she had gotten beaten up, missing teeth, bruises, and swelling. I was a little weirded out but I let him keep talking and he told me he has daydreams about cutting her face with a razor and making her tattoo his face on hers. I eventually told him I didn't want to do the tattoo. I'm a big guy so I wasn't scared to tell him that he should go find some help.

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Was It The Poop Emoji Or...?

From Redditor /u/Treesgivethebesthugs:

When I was tattooing I had to refuse a client that wanted a tattoo of a steaming pile of poo on her face. I wish I was kidding.

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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.

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From Redditor /u/Njodr:

One day a couple of guys came in and they were partners. One had decided that he absolutely, without a doubt, wanted a regulation sized dart board on his a** with the bulls-eye as his butt hole.

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