Tattoo Shop Owner Gives Full Refund to Customer After Artist Inks Her Initials Into Tattoo Meant to Honor Grandfather

Abby Joseph

Nowadays, tattoos have become an increasingly accepted and celebrated way to express one's identity through body art. As tattoos have become more and more popular, the fame of their creators has risen in tandem. But does that make it normal or okay for them to sign their initials on their artwork?
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For millennia, humans have been adorning their bodies with beautiful and meaningful tattoos. These remarkable, personalized engravings, be they plain or ornate, have consistently been utilized as symbols of protection and prestige, expressions of devotion, signs of faithfulness to spiritual values, decorations, and even forms of discipline.

And there's a very good chance, if you live in America, that either you, someone you know, or even a stranger you encounter at the supermarket would be adorning at least one tattoo on their bodies. As it stands according to a recent survey, up to 17% of people living in America have more than one tattoo. So it's not surprising that we encounter someone on Reddit who reached out to the public to explain a not-so-great experience with their tattoo.

As the story goes, the author of the post had an idea for a tattoo in mind to honor a grandfather who passed away. The symbolism of the tattoo went fairly deep and meaningful, as a family tradition, because the author's great-grandfather originally got inked first. The author explained:

It was one my dad had gotten to honor my passed grandfather who’s father also had it. But the point is - it was important to me that the tattoo looked EXACTLY as it did in the photo.

The author didn't go very far and went to a local shop to get it done. Initially, everything went smoothly, the ink was drawn and set, and the author paid for the job. Evidently, the author was ecstatic, but then, sometime down the road, the author's great-grandmother noticed something suspicious looking. In the author's own words:

I think it looks awesome, everything is great! Until a few weeks later when I show my great grandmother the tattoo. She’s static, grabs my arm to look at and compliment it, then asks, 'Who’s AJ?'

The author digs deeper, and the great-grandmother indicates that she notices initials embedded in the artwork. The author explained:

I ask her what she means, and she points out on the tattoo where the initials A and J or maybe T were hidden into the tattoo. I’m instantly pissed, as my artists name is Alice Trever.

The great-grandmother tries to calm things down, but the author, quite understandably, can't let it go and decides to contact the artist. The tattoo artist tried to explain that it was normal, but the author just didn't accept that and went directly to the shop owner, who dished out a full refund.

Meanwhile, the matter isn't sitting well with the tattoo artist. The author writes:

Now the artist is running a full smear campaign, talking about moving shops, and all kinds of crap.

And to add more drama, the author's own sister is upset and has called her sibling derogatory names for not accepting what happened.

What do you think?

Should the customer have accepted the tattoo with the artist's initials? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget to share this article with your friends and family.

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Lineberry, Cate. "Tattoos - The Ancient and Mysterious History." Smithsonian Magazine

Statista Research Department. "Share of Americans with one or more tattoos as of 2021, by number of tattoos." Statista

u/TattoodNoobAITA. "AITA for getting mad my artist hid their initials in my tattoo?' Reddit

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