5 Questions You’re Probably Tired of Hearing

14/06/2016

As a professional tattoo artist, you’re likely used to being asked the same questions over and over again. Still, while it might be the millionth time you’ve heard that particular question, the same is not true for your client. Having to answer the same thing practically every time you have a new client can quickly become old, but it’s important to understand that your customer means well and just needs information, which you can provide.

 

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‘What Should I Get?’ You’ve probably had to bite your tongue to avoid replying with ‘how should I know?’ more times that you can count every time someone asks you this. If your client doesn’t know what they want, then they probably shouldn’t get tattooed. Tattoos are for life, so it’s important that your customer understands that he or she needs to be 100% committed to their design, or they will end up hating it.

‘Will it Hurt?’ Considering that tattooing is the process of inserting pigment into the skin’s dermis, it will always hurt! No matter whether the tattoo is small or large, a certain amount of pain is to be expected, although it’s far from excruciating. When they ask this question, your clients already know this – what they want is reassurance. Yes, it will hurt, but the reward will be amazing, as they’ll finally get the tattoo of their dreams. In the end, though, it all depends on the person’s pain threshold. That said, some people will scream no matter what you say!

 

‘Can You do the Whole Sleeve Now?’ ’No’, is the answer you probably give a thousand times a week, so you might be sick of answering this question. Your clients are impatient to get your art on their skin, which is understandable, although they might overestimate the amount of work involved. There’s a lot of tattooing involved in a sleeve, which is usually split into multiple sessions – a lot of people may not be aware of the time it takes to do a tattoo, so just discuss it with them so that they understand.

‘Can You Tattoo This Other Artist’s Design?’ Take a deep breath. This question comes up quite a lot and the client is probably not aware that this question can be considered rude, since tattoo artists don’t like to copy other artists’ work. It’s one thing to be inspired by something or use an image as reference but, no matter how much your customers love the original design they saw online or on someone else’s arm, it’s important that they realise you won’t copy it as is.

 

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‘That’s too Expensive, Can You Go Lower?’ Few things are as frustrating as having your customer negotiate the price like they’re in a flea market! While you may be upset at this, they probably didn’t mean to make you feel undervalued. Because tattoos can be expensive, some people will always try to bargain, and don’t realise that you do get what you pay for. Explaining how it all works will no doubt ensure that your customers understand that to get a quality tattoo they need to pay for that quality.

We understand that it can be frustrating having to answer the same questions every day, so we aim to help you deal with them! Feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any questions about our services and products and we’ll be more than happy to help.