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Why do some tattoo artists prefer not to present their designs until the day of the appointment?

While it's not universally true that tattoo artists don't like to show their drawings to customers before the appointment, some artists may prefer not to share their designs in advance for a few reasons


Protecting Intellectual Property

Tattoo artists consider their designs to be their intellectual property. By not showing the design beforehand, they may reduce the risk of the customer taking the design to another artist or attempting to replicate it elsewhere.


Maintaining Creative Control

Tattoo artists are professionals with a unique artistic vision. They might prefer to have creative control over the design process to ensure that the final tattoo reflects their style and expertise.


Avoiding Copycat Requests

If a customer sees the design before the appointment, they might decide they want a similar tattoo but with another artist. Some artists want to avoid being asked to replicate their own work and the work of others.


Preventing Changes and Overthinking

Showing the design in advance can lead to numerous changes or requests for adjustments. Artists may prefer to present the finalized design on the day of the appointment to avoid constant revisions or overthinking by the client.


Time and Efficiency

 Preparing a design takes time, and some artists may not want to invest that time unless they are sure the client will commit to the tattoo. By presenting the design on the day of the appointment, they can ensure that the client is ready to proceed.


However, it's essential to note that not all tattoo artists follow this practice, and many are willing to collaborate with clients to create a design that both parties are satisfied with. Communication is key in the client-artist relationship, and if you have specific preferences or concerns, it's best to discuss them openly with your chosen tattoo artist. Some artists may be flexible and willing to find a compromise that works for both parties.




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