I was secretly branded with my tattoo artist’s initials while being inked

One TATTOO fan was furious to find out his artist had secretly “branded” her with his initials.

post up Redditthe disgruntled customer revealed that he had visited a salon to get a “special” design tattooed on his arm.

A woman was furious after her tattoo artist's initials were inked as part of her 'special' design


A woman was furious after her tattoo artist’s initials were inked as part of her ‘special’ designPhoto credit: Getty

The act was meant to be sentimental – a duplication of an ink her father, grandfather and great-grandfather had acquired over the years.

“It was important to me that the tattoo looked EXACTLY like the photo,” the customer recalled as she showed the artist what she wanted.

They initially thought the finished design was “amazing” — until a family member pointed out something odd.

They wrote, “A few weeks later, when I show my great-grandmother the tattoo, she grabs my arm to look at it and compliments me, then asks, ‘Who is AJ?’

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“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 instantly angry.

“She tries to reassure me that it’s no big deal if I haven’t noticed by now, but I reached out to the artist anyway, kind of irritated.”

Angry, the client confronted the artist, but was told that this was a common act for designs of this nature.

“They told me that the art style I have is called traditional and that it’s ‘pretty traditional’ for all artists who do that style,” the client said.

“I asked for a partial refund and they refused so I complained to the owner who got the artist to give me a full refund.

“Now the artist is running a whole smear campaign, talking about store moves and all kinds of cr*p.”

Equally angry Reddit users commented on the artist’s justification and even encouraged the worker to take legal action.

One person said: “I would even consider suing. They kind of branded you with their initials… And they should be fired.”

A second wrote: “The artist had no right to hide his initials on your skin without your consent. I would be very upset if that were done to me.”

While a third added: “It’s not even like it’s the artist’s original design. It is the design of the great grandfather or his tattoo artist.

“It wasn’t meant to have the initials there, the artist had to change the design for that.

“And it’s not like the artist can say to protect their design from being copied or anything, because it’s literally someone else’s design!”

A fellow user who claimed to be a tattoo artist chimed in by branding the move “super uncool”.

“Here’s the thing: I’ve worked in tattoos for over a decade and I can tell you that no one, I mean no one who is a professional artist would ever think of hiding anything, let alone their own name or his initials in someone else’s tattoo,” they wrote.

“It’s not ‘trad’, it’s not normal and it’s not okay. I’m appalled that some scratcher tried to pass this off as a thing. It’s not a thing.

“I’m there with some of these other commentators [the customer] should sue. It is not frivolous for someone to have their name branded on you without consent.”

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It comes after a TikTok user shared his Massive body ink “fail” after her tattoo artist made a huge spelling mistake.

And a woman got red in the face after people kept her compares her snake coloring to something rude.

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Dais Johnston

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