The receiver of a tattoo is always put in a rather vulnerable position while the art is being added to their skin.
Simply put, they’re laying down defenseless in a big chair and they can’t go anywhere until the thing is finished.
That is, unless they’re willing to walk out and show everyone their new, incomplete tattoo.
One Redditor recently learned just how much she was willing to sit through during a tattoo appointment. They posted about it all on the “Am I the A**hole (AITA)” subReddit.
The Original Poster (OP), known as throwawaytattooappt, made the issue pretty clear in the post’s title.
“AITA for asking my tattoo artist to lower my price for my tattoo after she constantly got up to go to the bathroom?”
OP got down to brass tacks right away.
“My tattoo artist charges $125 an hour, my tattoo was done by the hour and in the end, I was there for a little over 2 hours, so in the end before a tip my tattoo was $270.”
Then they shared an unexpected development.
“I wouldn’t have had an issue with this, but my tattoo artist had gotten up 7 times to use the bathroom and was gone for at least 5 minutes each time and left her timer going.”
“I asked if there was anyway I could get the time she was in the bathroom taken off and she made a face and then kindly said no. I didn’t argue so I just paid for my tattoo but left a lower tip than usual.”
But that wasn’t the last OP heard about it.
“She emailed me this morning and asked me not to book with her anymore because she said I disrespected her and her work.”
“I’m upset because she does amazing work but I don’t feel that I was wrong. If she had gotten up once or twice I wouldn’t have cared.”
Anonymous strangers weighed in by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
By far the most common response from Redditors was that OP was not the a**hole at all.
“I would say NTA. If she is using a timer to get an exact work time she should pause it when she has to go to the bathroom. I get if she was having a bad tummy day or something but it’s a bit unfair to charge you for that.” — mynameisrae
“NTA I get 90 minute specialty massages. If my guy leaves for even 5 minutes he adds 5 min to the end. If you charge by the hour, you better be there the whole hour” — marheena
“NTA If you’re a client she truly valued she would have apologized and at least offered a discount perhaps on your next piece if she couldn’t discount this one. She spent almost 25% of her time away from you and you shouldn’t have been charged.”
“Even if you give her the benefit of the doubt and say she was having digestive issues, that’s her problem, not yours.” — krik2019
“Assuming you were looking at the timer and are not being hyperbolic when you say she was gone for 5 minutes 7 times, that’s over half an hour of time she wasn’t actually working on the tattoo and IMO should not be chargeable.”
“She does charge for part of an hour (125 x 2 is 250 so the extra 20 before tip came from somewhere) rather than an ‘anything over X is 1 hour rate’ attitude, so it is totally reasonable to want to take this 35min off the bill.”
“She should have at a minimum been pausing the timer after the 1st time she went to the bathroom – I feel like one time is probably okay, we’re all human, but more than once in two hours is already a bit ridiculous let alone 7 times.”