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By pittman137 / Tuesday 30 July 2013 16:29 / United States
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I know a lot of people who would. Tattoos can be extremely risky and expensive. I would wait 6 months for a reputable, safe artist than to get an immediate appointment with an unsafe artist with a bad reputation. The only mistake on ops part would be not keeping the deposit receipt.

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I waited 2 so i could get an artist that i wanted and OP should have kept the receipt or some proof of the transaction

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I understand waiting, but why the hell would you put a deposit down? That is what makes no sense to me. You never pay upfront for a tattoo. At least around here that's unheard of.

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Tattoo artists usually have their clients put down cash deposits due to clients canceling last minute. Then the artist has a gap of time that they could have had a paying client. So most have people put down deposits to ensure their compensated if you decide not to show up. Its a common practice that's totally normal.

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I live in a rural area so the tattoo shops aren't too busy. I know people have to wait for an opening, I just never heard about placing money down for that day.

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Exactly 36, tattoos are expensive and the artist can stand to make a good chunk of money from a session. So at least if the person cancels its not a complete waste of that reserved time. They're basically risking their income for that day if a people decide just not to show up and there is no deposit.

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I dont but i'm impatient, but my ex has half a sleeve done n he's been waiting like a yr to finish it, his artist has alotttttt of clients, long wait list

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My friend had to put down a large deposit because the tattoo artist took time to draw him a personalized piece. My friend wanted a Buddha with a dragon and his two kids' names written in tribal lettering. The artist took his ideas and sketched him picture. That takes a lot of time to do.

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Where I live every place I know of makes you pay a deposit before booking your appointment. At the shop I always go to it's 92$. And as for waiting six months, I can see that. I had to wait 5 months for my last tattoo because my favorite artist is one of the best and most popular in the city. I'd rather wait a year for him than go somewhere sketchy and get it right away, though.

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Who puts down a cash deposit for a tat? Or who doesn't get a receipt after putting down a cash deposit?

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81, people above have already explained why people pay a deposit- maybe read those before making a comment. To recap, it's so that if people cancel at the last minute (which is less likely if people have already paid at least part of it), the tattoo studio doesn't lose out. This is similar to some other services (e.g. hair salons, dentists etc) charging (or threatening to charge) if you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment. It's also because tattoo artists also design tattoos, which is tim

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I don't know why so many people voted you down, I do the exact same thing. Walk into the artists house, slap down a pile of cash and say "Ink me bro"

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I dont know why so many people voted you down, I do the exact same thing! Walk into the artists house, slap down a pile of cash, and say "Ink me bro."

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Doesn't Kat Von D have like a 5 year waiting list? 6 months seems short compared to that. I would rather be on a waiting list than immediately get some scratcher shit done

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Exactly 122, since there are always those times where for a week or maybe neve a month or two, you think something is a great idea to get, but you regret it as soon as you get it, if I ever decide to get one, I'm going to out uo a picture of it where I can see it every day many times a day for a few months and then decide if I still like it

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Well if OP has a copy of the paperwork for the cash deposit then he can at least recoup some of the loss...hell maybe even get a new, sooner apointment

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All I'm saying is people frequently regret their tattoos. Also- I'm not making OP's decision; I am merely writing my opinion, as one is supposed to do on this site. Now for the obligatory sassy-smile: :)

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I have two tattoos and regret nothing. If OP made an appointment six months in advance I think we can assume they won't regret anything.

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This makes me feel really bad about the place I got my tattoo. He wanted a deposit just to draw up a sketch of my tattoo. I was 19, getting my first tattoo, and admittedly I should've done more research. It came out great though, so I guess I can't complain too much.

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I just meant businesses in general usually offer receipts. To me it's an offer of good faith that you either got the service or will be getting the service.

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'just to draw up a sketch'? You realise that sketches take time, and that if even a tenth of his clients decided not to go ahead with the tat, he would have wasted hours of time doing sketches? He should definitely be compensated for that.

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Many reputable, legitimate businesses utilize cash deposits. Good tattoo artist can be booked months in advance and with the money they stand to make, a deposit in any form is a good way to ensure they don't waste the reserved time slot. Nothing wrong with op paying in cash if the receipt was saved.

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Can't get a tattoo removed that you didn't get, anyway. They stole OPs money, remember?

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Who are you to even suggest the ways that OP honor his temple? My body is my temple, and as such I take great care of it. And yes, I have several tattoos on my canvas honoring the things that mean the most to me.

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Many people who hate ink trot out that 'The body is a temple' line to try to make their point. Well, Michaelangelo and other renowned artists painted temples. I guess that point is invalid.

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GLORY TO RAPTOR JESUS, #11, our lord HATES tat- I'm sorry this getting too far for even me. Don't like tattoos, don't get one. It really is that simple.

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That's what I was thinking... They're either really disorganized or really dishonest, but either way I wouldn't want to go to a place like that, who knows what could happen? OP needs to find a place that is clean, professional, and won't lose their deposits or forget about their appointments.

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