10 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Tattoos

Written by Walter Free

Working in the Times Square area, you meet some interesting characters and have some interesting "you-can't-make-this-stuff-up" interactions. Being heavily tattooed working in the Times Square area (like myself) almost guarantees you to have a least one of those interactions per day. 

I love tattoos, I love talking about tattoos and in most situations don't mind when people want to talk about my tattoos. However, there are always a handful of people who always take it a little to far. So for fun, I decided to make a list of top 10 things people have said or done to me that I don't think anyone should say to someone with tattoos. Enjoy!


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Don't touch a person's tattoo, especially without warning. 

What exactly are you expecting to feel? It's just skin. Also, it's real awkward when you do it to a stranger ringing you up somewhere... 


Don't tell someone what you don't like about their tattoo or what you would have done differently.

It's just rude. You're entitled to your opinions, of course, but you should keep them to yourself. I can almost guarantee that most people don't stand around at work wondering what every stranger thinks of their tattoos. 


Don't ask, "what are you going to do when you're old?"

I don't know, be an old person with tattoos...? 


Don't ask if the person who does my tattoos is any good. 

Why on earth would I pay someone to permanently draw on my body if I didn't think they were any good? It's such a silly question but I get asked it regularly. 


Don't ask if I can get you discounts on tattoos.      

I get asked this regularly, too. I don't get why people try to pay as little as possible for tattoos. It's a hard job - a lot of artists probably don't get paid as much as they should - but yeah, you deserve a discount. 

Don't ask for prices on tattoos.   

I'm not a tattoo artist, nor do I work at a shop. Therefore, I have no idea how much your dream tattoo would cost. 


Don't talk about and/or point a person right in front of them like they're an object. 

It's rude to do to anyone, with tattoos or without. Just don't do it. 


Don't just start taking pictures of someone's tattoos.

At least ask first. 


Don't say things like, "you'd be so cute with out those tattoos."

Is that supposed to be some sort of compliment? ...Thanks. 


Don't say, "if you were born with them you'd be crying to get them off."

Okay, so my grandmother was the only person to say this to me, but still... What is that even supposed to mean? Good talk Grandma...