Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fashionably Inked: Tattoo Tuesday

Yesterday, I took the day off from work as well as writing; the baby shower turned out great, but I was vastly grateful for my foresight and planning to take a 24 hour break from EVERYTHING!

Today’s Tattoo Topic: What do you do if a tattoo design is not executed in the manner you originally requested?

A couple of months ago, while visiting family in California, my mom enjoyed a spontaneous trip to High Voltage (Kat Von D’s shop on LA Ink) and decided she needed a permanent souvenir.
Dogwood Branch

It’s a great tattoo, right? The artistry and design are impeccable, and the object itself is beautiful. One problem remains, though; it’s not what she envisioned. Somewhere between describing her design preference and receiving the tattoo, her vision was lost in translation. She had hoped for more of a “watercolor” look and does not love how dark the branch is.

So what does one do in this scenario? Well…I don’t know; nothing too impulsive for fear of further compromising the aesthetics. I understand not being totally in love with a tattoo and wanting to be regardless of how many other people already are. I needed to expand on my bird to be happy with it, and it didn’t matter what anyone else said. Now I love it!

So what can she do? We plan on paying a visit to Derek this week to get his opinion, as she loves how he executed the two little buds on my peony.

Should she add on? She doesn’t want her ankle tattoo to be as large as mine.

Can she add different colors and brighten the branch? What if that still doesn’t get the job done?

Really, we won’t know much until she talks to Derek; his professional opinion might steer her in a particular direction, which is just one of infinite reasons to know and trust a good tattoo artist.

We’ll keep you updated, but in the mean time, give us your opinion if you have one. Not the “leave it alone; it’s perfect” opinion because she’s already heard that quite a bit. If this tattoo design were on you, and you mostly liked it but still were not entirely pleased, what would be your course of action?

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