Why Are Some Tattoo Artists so Rude?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 12, 2021

Tattoo artists can work in quite a stressful environment and sometimes can be seen to be taking this out on their customers. The last thing that you want is to walk into a tattoo studio and for the tattoo artist to be rude and unhelpful.

You should always want anyone that you will be going to for a service to be professional, polite and friendly. This especially applies to someone that will be inking you as this is an important decision that is personal to you. 

There are many reasons why they could come across as being unfriendly without meaning to. We’ll share our insight into some of these to give you a better understanding next time you enter the tattoo studio.

The Stereotype

Tattoo artists are very often stereotyped as being a rebel type and the tattoo industry is often perceived as an underground operation. This perception is often derived from movies and TV shows. However, this is still thought by some people visiting tattoo studios who view the industry as unprofessional and tattoo artists as dark individuals.

Some tattoo artists like to give this impression, keeping things cool between the artist and the customer. Some prefer to have a more hands-on approach to dealing with customers and are helpful and super friendly. 

This industry is highly professional and is very successful, you should never judge a book by its cover. You should take the time to get to know your tattoo artist, you may be surprised!

Why Are Some Tattoo Artists so Rude?

It’s the same with every industry, you get some people who are rude and others who are the complete opposite, and are friendly. You shouldn’t judge anyone before you’ve had the chance to speak to them. You want to be able to get on with your tattoo artist as well as possible. They will be inking you and you don’t want to upset them before they start.

Unrealistic Expectations

One thing that gets a tattoo artist stressed and annoyed is when a customer comes in with an unrealistic request. 

It may be that they ask for a design or a piece of work that doesn’t fit in with their style. Alternatively, it could be that they want a large tattoo completed in a small amount of time or for cheaper than advised.

The tattoo artist knows what can be achieved and how long it will take or will cost. Take the time to speak to them to understand more.

Appreciation for Their Work

Many customers enter a tattoo studio with lots of images already printed from the internet to show what tattoo they want. Tattoo artists are artists and they appreciate any customer taking the time to see their work and what they can do. 

They want to show off their talent and appreciate you choosing one of their designs. If you already have something in mind, they will be happy to sit down and discuss this further, coming up with designs that suit your requirements.

Respect Goes Both Ways

Respect is a great tool that everyone should use. It doesn’t matter who you are and who you are dealing with, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. 

You will find that if you speak to your tattoo artist with respect, they will reciprocate this when speaking to you.

You should always speak to people the way that you want to be treated yourself. This will save a lot of issues and will make you feel better in the long run.

Personality Clashes

It may just be that you and the tattoo artist have a clash of personalities, it does happen. 

If this happens you should decide if the work that they do is a particular style that you want. If so, put your differences to one side and continue with the work.

 If not, it may just be easier to find another tattoo artist that you feel more comfortable with.


It could be that the tattoo artist that you go to see is having a bad day or has been treated badly by another customer. There could be lots of reasons why they seem to be being rude towards you. 

However, it could just be their way and they don’t mean anything by the abrupt way they speak to people. 

Just keep in mind the above before jumping to conclusions. Hopefully, you will be able to have a good relationship with your tattoo artist. 

We hope that we answered your question and you now understand why a tattoo artist could be seen to be rude.

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