A Question I Have For Celebrities With Tattoos
Writing every other day about celebrities and their tattoos, I saw a pattern and I felt quite irked about it. But do I have the right to?
It's something that my young writer brain doesn't have a definite explanation for nor can the tattoo enthusiast in me comprehend. I'm going right at it: WHY ON BLOODY EARTH WON'T CELEBRITIES GO TO TATTOO ARTISTS THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOOD, WHICH THEY CAN OBVIOUSLY AFFORD?
There, I said it. I'm not generalising all celebrities and claiming that all of them have shitty tattoos, but most of them do. Is it too much of an effort to get your assistant to round up one of the best New York city has to offer and make some arrangements? I get that, usually, the best tattoo artists in the city often have long waiting lists and not every artist is willing to give special treatment to a celebrity. And being a celebrity, of course, you'll want to have what you want and fast. But surely, it's not so hard to get a decent artist to give you a damn fairy on your ankle.
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If you're too drunk or too drugged to tell apart a scratcher from a pro (though, I'm not sure if they can quite tell them apart even when sober), hire someone to do it for you. Get them to make some calls, do a crash research, or maybe check out Tattoodo?! Save yourself from the bad press and awful laser treatments by making the small effort. It helps the tattoo business and clears its name a bit.
I get that actors have a very limited freedom regarding tattoos (mainly because no one could be bothered to keep covering the darned things with make-up at every show), but that doesn't excuse them from getting bad tattoo jobs. Maybe the ‘go big or go home’ attitude does not apply here, but at least get something decent. If they're going to get something cliché anyway, then at least make sure that your artists knows how to do clean lines and great colour.
It's heartbreaking. While the rest of us are labouring our arses off to pay for a nice leg piece by some artist with such gifted hands (sometimes, even flying miles to get them done), these people whose single shopping expenses amount to a month of our pay checks can't be bothered to walk into a fine tattoo shop and get some pieces we'd actually envy.
Call it a rant, and call me a bitter twat but that's something I won't mind. Besides, if you're earning millions a year, won't you jump at the chance to get in a plane and make arrangements with the best portrait artists in Europe? Or get some fine traditional American style tattoos from one end of North America to the other? Seriously, you guys need some improvements in your financial decision-making.
There's a few whom I admire, including Adam Levine, Jared Leto, and Katy Perry among many others. But most of them are in bands—which may explain how they're aware of the best artists in town. Props to the ones like Cheryl Cole for trusting Nikko Hurtado to get her back piece done.
The positive thing once celebrities start turning to good tattoo artists is how their fans see tattoos. Maybe not all of them will appreciate the art but at least some will see the wonders of going to a good tattoo artist and will be encouraged to do the same. It's bad enough that celebrities go to unskilled artists but their fans sometimes go to even worse artists. In that way, by shouting out artists with actual skill, they also promote the tattoo business. It also moderates the bad reputation of tattoos.
But that's just me. I've never been a celebrity who's gotten some pretty bad tattoos so I can't fully sympathise with the experience.