Most recently, this blog has been making its viral rounds through the tattoo community. In a nutshell, a woman was denied a neck tattoo and left her local tattoo studio seemingly traumatized that an artist had the audacity to refuse her service.
In an aggressive effort to discredit the artist and defame his studio she received a very public blowback from tattooers, and shop owners around the country.
Skirting around all of that drama, I'd like to offer an unbiased explanation why hand and neck tattoos are turned down at reputable studios on a daily basis - to those of you who may not understand.
But, it's my body. Why?
No matter how commonplace body modification is this day and age, society at large unfortunately still hasn't evolved past judgment - and while "norms" are shifting, it's happening slowly. The way we present ourselves is the first thing a potential employer will see in a job interview, and contrary to some people's beliefs - your tattooers reputation is attached to that very visible piece that might have prevented you from getting that job, promotion, or loan from a conservative bank. Who wants that on their conscience?
"Hand, neck and face tattoos on lightly or un-tattooed people has forever been a discussion in the tattoo industry...
...many tattooers feel that tattooing these areas is ethically questionable and in fact they are commonly called 'Job Stoppers.'
Of course, it is not my position to tell someone what to do with their body -- but that does not negate the fact that there are social ramifications to having visible tattoos that you are not able to hide. Tattooers also should have the right to have our own professional standards and turn down work that they are not comfortable with."
- Lori Leven (owner of New York Adorned)
Also, because this type of skin exfoliates constantly, maintaining the quality of a tattoo in these areas is proven to be very difficult. Irritation, fallout and dispersion are all very typical on this type of tissue.