I just came back from Subway. I eat there pretty much every day. It’s at the point where they start making my sandwich the moment I walk through Wal-Mart’s doors.
There wasn’t any customers there but me, and over the last couple years me and the manager have gotten real friendly, so we got to talking. The guy they just hired a few days ago broke in asking about my tattoos. Then he asked the question I don’t like: how much did they cost? A) That’s none of you business, B) that’s beside the point. But it’s not annoying enough for me to be a dick about it, so I told him:
Zombie Squid: $600. I only paid $400, the rest was a birthday gift.
Wrist Gauntlet: $100
Zombies kissing: $75
Cyborg Squid: $800 ($600 so far, next session $200)
“I Feel Pretty”: $300
Back piece: $1000
At that point, the dude lost his mind. He couldn’t believe I paid $1000 for a back piece that covers my entire shoulder blades edge to edge. To prove what an idiot I was, he showed me his back piece. It was in the center of his back, was about a quarter of the size of mine, and had raised, scarred areas. It was nothing but black line work, in the shape of the Grateful Dead skull. The fill was inconsistent and fading to green in places.
He proudly informed me he paid $20 for it, and a six pack. That’s how you’re SUPPOSED to get ink done, by your buddy. I didn’t really need to do it, but I prodded him for info and found out it was done in a living room with a home made machine.
I told him to enjoy his hepatitis, and informed him of every flaw I saw in the piece, from the wavy lines, the fading to green areas, to the fact that even though the Grateful Dead skull is an icon, if he hadn’t told me what it was, I’d never had known due to its poor execution.
Then I showed him my back piece, which he had to admit is pretty killer.
I gave him my artist’s card and told him to call Lambadi City when he was ready for the cover up. He insisted he never would be, but the kid’s seventeen so we’ll see.
The thing is, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this conversation. People who go to scratchers seem to be abnormally proud of their work, and are often insulting about the prices those of us who go to legit artists pay. It goes without saying around these parts that you want high quality work because your ink is with you for life. That costs money. Tattoos are one of the few things where you almost directly get what you pay for.
And I was wondering, am I the only one who gets this? People telling you you’re a fucking retard for paying shop prices for tattoos? And does it make you want to blast them in the face?
Love. Peace. Metallica.
I don’t get it much but my friend around 2years ago got a tattoo by our friend who has never tattoo’d before and he did he’s name on he’s rist “Luke” now trust me when i say this.. It looks like it’s done on microsoft paint no word of a lie it’s honestly that bad that it’s impossible for me to explain how bad it is.
i have gotten the question of “how much” a few times and people are surprised when i say i have over a thousand in it so far. i havent had anybody tell my thats too much or anything similar because every one that sees it likes it, they’re just surprised i guess.
to be honest i dont keep track of how much i have spent. i do know its over $1k but thats about it. i dont think i would like to know the exact figure myself lol
My dad is up to $3000 on his back piece so far.
Are u jared?
haha, losing all that weight by eating high sodium subs
You’re definitely not the only one who gets that, I have gotten it a few times.. Hell I couldn’t even tell what some of that tattoos this one guy had, and after he told me that he got it for free because his friend just randomly bought a tattoo gun.
I just say fuck it, they have to live with shitty ink for the rest of their lives, and we have something to be proud of