My first awful mod-worthy story!
Now, I’m used to reading/seeing stories like this one the internet, but never thought I’d hear one first hand.
So, a new coworker of mine came into work exclaiming how she had just got a tattoo kit three days ago (from the internet) and how she had tattooed two friends before showing up to work. (Once she said this, immediately went to Tumblr on my phone and went to your blog) She whips out her phone and starts showing me the pictures. She had already done four tattoos including unreadable names on fingers, the word LOYALTY and those random tattoos with lines, stars, hearts, musical notes and whatever, I really don’t know what to call it. She said that she was proud that none of the lines were shaky, but I begged to differ.
Now, she’s a really sweet girl, so all I could say was, “That’s crazy.”, but then I went into mentioning apprenticeships with REPUTABLE shops and possible art classes to work on her drawing skills and getting a proper license, but she insisted that she was good and that she wanted to apprentice with the guy who did one of her tattoos. THIS IS THE WORST PART! She shows me the tattoo he did, in his living room, of course, and I just shook my head. It was a small star on her hand. The outline of the star was wobbly and uneven whereas the inside was scarred and dried-looking, scary actually. She said that he had dug too deep into her skin while coloring it, and it had blistered and popped. (Shudders) IT GETS BETTER! She told me that instead of going to a doctor to get antibiotics or something else to heal it, she would go over the tattoo HERSELF!
Poor girl. She was she’s been thinking about tattooing for four years, bought a kit/gun from eBay and wants to apprentice with a damn SCRATCHER! FYI, She has about five tattoos (all by scratches, and paid a combined total of under $100. I have four tattoos and all of them between $100-$150, done in a clean shop with reputable artist. I tried to share the little bit of knowledge I had, but she believed in what she was doing so, more power to her…I guess.