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December 20, 2013
8:57 pm
Buffalo, NY
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November 27, 2013

Has anyone ever had a negative experience with a tattoo artist/piercer/etc that ruined the ritual for you? Whether it be sexual harassment, negative vibes, anything?
How did you deal with it?

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
December 26, 2013
9:44 pm
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January 7, 2011

My negative modification experiences were all when i was less educated, and also not as aware of the ritual aspect. Those experiences i considered, and they helped me learn and grow, so in fact became part of the ritual experience for me.

If i am planning a specific ritual, i will know my artist well already. If i have an intent in mind, aside from simply the experience and modification itself, i feel it is important to know that the person facilitating understands and will not ruin it.

If i'm trying a new artist, then the ritual is still in my preparation and mental state, but i go into it with an open mind and no expectations. I've had different expereinces this way, but nothing bad (so far!). I think being educated enough (and knowing enough people in the industry) to pick reputable artists, even if i don't know them personally, helps a lot. I'm not usually impulsive, so like to research. If i decided to choose impulsively, the unpredicatable outcome would itself be part of the point of any ritual element.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 19, 2014
11:54 am
Buffalo, NY
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November 27, 2013

Good way to be. As far as tattoos go, I'm a "collector", I love to use different artists and have different styles- anything to do with piercings or heavier mods, I am much more picky and do longer more extensive research on them.

I definitely always try and stick with reputable artists, but unfortunately I've had one bad experience and it makes me wary to try anyone new, which is hard for me because I do like to collect. The particular tattoo that was linked with the bad experience I've since had covered because I couldn't bear to even look at it. I don't want to ever run into a situation where my experience is completely ruined again because this is all so important to me.

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
January 22, 2014
4:45 pm
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April 8, 2011

I haven't had anything that I'd qualify as truly negative.  Even when I was first starting out I knew enough to at least do some basic research and go to shops that were reputable.  I will say, however, that I'm not entirely happy with my first few tattoos and that's entirely my own fault.  The shop I went to was reputable but the artists in the shop were pretty mediocre.  If I had been patient enough to wait until I could afford to go to a larger city with better artists I never would have had an issue, but these were my first couple of tattoos and I was impatient and just out of high school.  While they aren't bad, per say, they certainly aren't to the quality of more recent work and eventually I plan to have them upgraded by a more skilled artist.

January 23, 2014
4:47 pm
swansea, wales
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July 25, 2013

My old regular tattooist was great up the to the point he thought I couldn't  be bothered to go his wedding but he never give me the invite so he stopped talking to me, shouted at me when I had my knee's and inside my lip tattooed by someone else….his reaction to my scarification was amazing he hated it questioned me on why I did it. Needless to say I haven't spoken to him in years and don't intend to, I have a crappy half done panther on the top of my arm that looks a massive mess which he never sorted out! Most of people I see now are laid back and I respect there thoughts on work I would like.

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