HAHA! That first one is funny as hell to me. I was wondering why there was a diacritic mark over the “y,” and it turns out it’s an apostrophe? Too good to be true. I can’t even imagine where people get these things. There must be some special school to teach this kind of stupid.
Sedna, I don’t think they generally speak up on it because it’d probably lead to arguments, and shit, as long as they are getting paid I don’t think they care too much. Not that I blame them. The customer is always right…even when they’re wrong.
What tattoo artists (at least around here) do is “Are you sure this is what you want?” and you sign a release. A customer brings in a design, the artist does it. Which is what I think it should be. The customer should get why they request. Just like when someone orders a sign that says “OPENNING SOON!” It makes the person displaying the sign look stupid, not the sign maker.
I’m not blaming the artist at all… just wondering if anyone ever said “Hey, this is spelled wrong, are you sure you want it this way?” Since coming to Lamebook I’ve seen so many misspelled tattoos I couldn’t help but wonder. -shrug- But lametothemin you do make a good point about making dumb people easier to weed out.
If I were a tattoo artist, I don’t think I would tell them. Like blondebimbo said, the customer is always right, even when they’re wrong, and if I’m getting money for my work I’m not going to risk losing a customer.
@23 Vancouver: That little bit of rationalization is great and all, but really what it comes down to is you’re being a jerk. If a customer comes in gushing blood, do you not ask them if they’re OK because what they do is their business and customers are always right? No, of course not, you ask them if they’re OK not out of some sort of business obligation but because it is the courteous, humane thing to do. I know, I know, you’re perfect and would never, ever misspell a word, and this gives you the right to be an ass to those who DO misspell them. Congrats. But don’t hide your dickishness behind some kind of made-up business ethic.
I have no tattoos with words, but I do have a tattoo of a fish I drew that I thought was great the way I had it, but the tattoo artist suggested at the last moment that maybe the way I asked him to put it on it appeared upside down, and after thinking about it I decided he was right. And I’m glad he said something.
A tattoo artist who wouldn’t knowingly point out a spelling error to a client doesn’t take much pride in their work & certainly isn’t doing themselves any favors. A misspelled piece on someone is an error that most would attribute to the artist, not the client. When it’s discovered the tattoo is spelled wrong, the people on the internet LOL & people in talk about the artist & shop in the persons hometown, who’d want to go to a shop where an artist is known for errors?