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This Tattoo Artist Explains Why She Wouldn’t Tattoo Face or Neck Tattoos

And her answer might surprise you.

It's fair to say that tattoos these days are nothing strange to have, as almost every other person either is covered or at least has a few tattoos. Even face tattoos are making their rounds, however, many artists would still refuse to tattoo them on certain people. 

Tattoo artist Daisy Lovesick (@daisylovesick) explains in her video, exactly why she refuses to tattoo the face or the neck of certain individuals. And it honestly makes sense. 

Face, neck, and hand tattoos are often called "job stoppers" for a reason. Therefore, someone who is freshly out of high school - or college - and doesn't have a set career yet, shouldn't necessarily waste their future away by tattooing extremely visible areas of their body. Unless, of course, they're an artist and already doing an apprenticeship to become a tattooer. However, it is not the majority of people entering that type of career field. 

As Daisy was saying in her video, she doesn't want to be held responsible for someone's job loss due to a face tattoo, as well as experiencing housing insecurity aside from job insecurity. To be fair, her statement only applies to young people who just turned 18 and don't have any other tattoos on their bodies, as well as older people with zero tattoos.

Other tattoo artists might have different reasons why they wouldn't tattoo someone's face, neck, or hands but a lot of times they go by the tattoo culture, values, and history. And these types of tattoos are not up for debate to get as a first tattoo.

In other words, you would have to experience what it means to walk around as a tattooed individual by first getting your arms and legs tattooed to see how different society would treat someone who is tattooed versus someone who's not. Even though tattoos are more accepted nowadays, it is not accepted by every culture, generation, or employer. Especially face and neck tattoos are still considered controversial, whether that's professionally or socially. 

Which makes sense.

Although I'd say to each their own since someone who is 18 years old is of legal age and responsible to make their own decisions. I also resonate with Daisy's reasoning and explanation of why she wouldn't do it and that tattoo artists carry some sort of responsibility. 

It's a tough job.