Internet criticizes tattoo artist who secretly ‘brand’ customer with initials

Many people have come to regret the tattoo designs they opted for in their youth, but one hapless Redditor ruins the ink itself. TattooedNoobAITA took to the subreddit r/AmItheA**hole Sunday to share their anger after discovering their tattoo artist had gone rogue.

In a post titled “AITA for getting mad, did my artist hide their initials in my tattoo?” (which you can check out here), explains TattooedNoobAITA: “I went to a tattoo parlor near me, with a photo of the tattoo I wanted. It was one my father got to honor my late grandfather whose Dad had it too. But the point is – it was important to me that the tattoo looked EXACTLY like the picture.”

The requested artwork from TattooedNoobAITA was a duplicate of a design their father, late grandfather and great grandfather all had.

The Redditor was initially happy with the finished tattoo – until they showed it to their grandmother a few weeks later and she immediately noticed something wasn’t right.

They continued: “I go to the store, I explain everything, I pay, get the tattoo and we’re done, I think it looks great, everything is great!

Until a few weeks later when I show my great grandmother the tattoo. She’s static, grabs my arm to look at it and compliment, then asks, ‘Who is AJ?’

“I ask her what she means and she points to the tattoo where the initials A and J or maybe T were hidden in the tattoo. I’m pissed right off because my stage name is Alice Trever [name changed]†

“She’s trying to reassure me that it’s okay if I hadn’t noticed until now, but I was still a little irritated with the artist.”

Unsurprisingly angry, they returned to the tattooist and asked for a partial refund, but the artist did not flinch.

TattooedNoobAITA said: “They told me that the style of art I got is called traditional and it’s “pretty traditional” for all the artists who use that style to do it. I demanded a partial refund and they refused, so I complained to the owner who the artist gives me a full refund.

After the store owner asked them to give the Redditor a full refund, the artist launched a “full smear campaign” against TattooedNoobAITA and her employer.

They added: “Now the artist is running a full smear campaign, talking about moving stores and all sorts of crap. My sister says I’m an asshole for pushing the issue but I feel like at the end of the day, I told you exactly what I wanted and you didn’t. AITA?”

The chart below, provided by Statista, shows the number of Americans with a tattoo in 2021.

Some Redditors suggested that TattooedNoobAITA deserves more than just a refund.

OK_Possibility5715 said, “NTA and I would even consider filing charges. They kind of branded you with their initials… And they should be fired…”

MichaelArnold agreed, saying, “The artist had no right to hide their initials on your skin without your permission. I’d be very upset if it was done to me.”

TheoryAddict added: “OP should do a call-up campaign and try to see if other of its customers were unknowingly ‘brand’ just like them. It could be a pretty big lawsuit…”

Others likened the tattooist who “burned” the Redditor to a doctor who ignored a patient’s physical autonomy.

SandyDelights explained: “It’s like the surgeon who put his initials on organs – nobody can see it, but it doesn’t really matter. They didn’t agree, and the fact that you kept it silent suggests you know they wouldn’t to agree. “

A commenter who claimed to be a professional tattoo artist also weighed in, highlighting how outrageous the woman’s actions were.

Without DenisNedry said, “I’ve worked in tattooing for over ten years and I can’t tell you anyone, I mean, nobody who is a professional artist would ever consider hiding anything, let alone their own name or initials in the someone else’s tattoo “It’s not normal, and it’s not okay. I am shocked that some scratcher tried to pass this on as a thing. It is nothing. I am with some of these other commenters OP should be suing. It’s not frivolous if someone has their name branded on you without permission.”

Others were especially shocked that the artist was okay with adding their initials to a design they hadn’t created.

Pickitline said, “NTA. This person really MARKED you! Not only that, this isn’t even the artist’s design, it’s a copied design!”

RenegonParagade added: “It’s great-grandfather’s design, or his tattooist’s. It wasn’t designed to have the initials there, the artist had to tweak the design to do that. And it’s not like the artist would can say it was because of their design not being copied or something, since it’s literally someone else’s design!”

TattooedNoobAITA’s traumatic tattoo experience isn’t the only one that has sparked fierce debate on the internet this week. A man went viral for questioning his “conservative” mother’s decision to get inked, while a restaurant in Australia recently sparked outrage over their decision to ban customers with visible tattoos.

news week has reached out to TattooedNoobAITA for comment.

Tattooed hipster man looking frustrated
The Redditor got more than they bargained for when they got a tattoo in honor of their late grandfather. Tattooed hipster man looking troubled.
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