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Should A Student Trust a Friend To Give a Tattoo?

There are few more personal and meaningful modes of self-expression than a tattoo as a college student or working adult. So much can be learned about a person from their ink – their likes, tastes, life experiences and much more. This is why quality is so important. Tattoos are permanent representations of those experiences, and you want the stories they tell to be the best possible.

This is why it is imperative to not only know for certain that the design is a right fit, but also that the artist creating the piece has the skills and passion necessary to do it right, especially if we’re talking about a friend giving you a tattoo in college. That brings us to the question at hand: is it smart to let a friend do it or is it more worth it to work with a pro?

Since a large majority of tattoo enthusiasts are young adults, either in college or working, let’s approach this from an academic perspective. For one to be considered a good teacher they would need to have several years of experience as well as producing competent students, the same requirements for recognition in the field apply to tattoo artists. If you wanted help with a term paper or essay, would you choose to work with someone not knowing how good he or she is with writing, or would you instead work with a professional essay writer like this one? We think the decision is clear, but let’s take a closer look.

#1: Tattoos Are Forever

It is important to always bear in mind that a tattoo is permanent. Even if the wearer chooses to have it removed, the cost for doing so is often as much or higher than the cost of the piece. As a responsible student, we recommend researching your options waiting to have the piece done until you have had ample time to consider whether or not it’s something you want. When that final decision is made, it is essential that the job is placed in the most qualified hands possible.

#2: There Are Different Kinds of Artists

Even the best-planned pieces can disappoint in the final delivery. Sure, what a friend knows about you and your taste may add an extra dimension of inspiration to the piece, but that is not the most important thing.

A sketch on paper and a tattoo are two very different things, and not everyone has the artistic skill to transfer an image on paper to skin. You wouldn’t expect an Anthropology professor to teach you calculus, and you shouldn’t trust a sketch artist to give you a tattoo. As a compromise, have your friend work up the design and then go to a professional tattoo artist for the actual piece.

#3: It Could Be A Friendship Ender


A botched or low-quality tattoo could be the subject of much angst between the amateur artist and the wearer. In the interest of continuing the friendship, we strongly suggest considering this decision carefully. People have ended relationships over much lesser things than this. Even worse, you might still have to see this person in class or on campus. Can we say, “awkward?”

#4: There Are Definite Health Concerns

Being tattooed anywhere but a licensed shop is always a bad idea. Professional tattoo artists adhere to the best practices in cleanliness and provide a healthy environment for the work to be done. Sitting in a friend’s dorm room or kitchen is not the same. Again, do the research. Tattoos that become infected can have various consequences ranging from mildly inconvenient to life-threatening. Is it worth the risk to make a friend happy? We think the answer to that question is obvious.

In case it isn’t abundantly clear, we are all about working with a professional when it comes to tattoos. Ideally, that means working with a professional artist at every stage of the project from design to delivery instead of putting so much faith into an amateur college artist. Keep your friendships intact and be smart. Involving friends in the process is fine, but never leave something like the actual tattoo to a beginner in the field.

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