A current viral video has individuals debating the ethical codes that tattoo artists have — or ought to have — relating to requests for tattoos that they most likely ought to have stated no to.
A younger couple who appear like they have been merely of their teenagers, walked went into the tattoo parlor with a goal, and now that whole web shouldn’t be solely coming down on them however the tattoo artist as nicely for saying sure and doing a shoddy job with the tattoo.
The tattoo artist ought to have stated no to tattooing the woman’s boyfriend’s face on her neck.
Beneath the TikTok account “@damonteray,” the teenager who goes by AJ (in keeping with his YouTube web page) posted concerning the time he and his girlfriend went to the tattoo parlor to get her a tattoo… Of his face… On her neck.
The textual content overlaid within the video reads “My girlfriend getting my face tatted,” whereas the music taking part in is definitely an unique rap tune by AJ himself, titled “R.O.D.,” which stands for “Trip Or Die” and even options his girlfriend, Jayda.
Whereas on the tattoo store, the tattoo artist goes by the movement of making use of the stencil to the place the place she needed the tattoo — the bottom of her neck — earlier than truly entering into doing the work. The tattoo was presupposed to be based mostly on a photograph supplied by AJ himself, however the ultimate product seems a bit of… completely different than the unique.
Sooner or later, whereas Jayda was struggling by the ache, AJ reveals off his personal tattoo that he acquired of her title proper above his eyebrow. After all the things was all stated and finished, she claimed that she favored the tattoo, so all’s nicely that ends nicely. Proper?
It looks like the pair have plenty of love for one another, however is that sufficient to warrant a younger lady getting a tattoo of her boyfriend’s face? Effectively, when Twitter and TikTok weighed in, the outcomes have been a powerful “no.”
Folks assume tattoo artists ought to say no extra typically to unhealthy tattoo requests.
One viral tweet on Twitter from a person named Ray Anderson reads, “We have to discuss moral and socially accountable tattooing and why it’s essential to say no to those children.”
Anderson factors out that Jayda nonetheless has braces in her mouth — a process that’s identified to generally happen when youngsters’s enamel are nonetheless rising. “That’s a child,” he says, referring to her age with some slight exaggeration.
His level is that she’s totally too younger to be making this type of determination, even at 18, which is the minimal authorized age for anybody to get a tattoo.
“I say this as somebody who put a decade into this. You CAN and SHOULD be saying NO, and any store that calls for that you just ‘do all the things’ shouldn’t be a store you must work at,” he says.
Anderson additionally takes a shot on the tattoo artist for not understanding his personal “depth,” seeing because the tattoo got here out very…inaccurate, and calls the entire thing “an enormous mess throughout.”
An enormous mess is true, seeing as Jayda and the tattoo artist he refers to as “Soo Sprayed,” each deleted their accounts on account of the backlash they acquired for the video. Regardless of that, AJ appears to be taking the criticism in strides, not likely caring about what everybody else is saying and expressing his delight within the tattoos they’ve gotten for one another.
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There’s an argument to be made that this was their alternative, and their our bodies as nicely, and that the tattoo artist shouldn’t be made chargeable for what others may deem as poor decision-making, we simply hope that they’re conscious of how everlasting tattoos are and are positive of the implications.
Isaac Serna-Diez is an Assistant Editor who focuses on leisure and information, social justice, and politics. Sustain together with his rants about present occasions on his Twitter.