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By scaredinnyc / Wednesday 14 November 2012 01:03 / United States - Trenton
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Then what is the book there for?? You will always have generic hearts and skulls and doves and roses. I figure at least check the portfolio of done work to see if you can live with this kind of art on your body before you end up on a certain icanhascheezeburger page.

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32, the book of tattoos is to give people ideas, and because drunk people usually don't have a design in mind when they stumble in for that spur the moment tattoo.

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I've never gotten a tattoo from one of those "reference" books (why are people going to a tattoo shop without an idea of what they want to get, anyway?) but I've never been charged an extra fee for custom work. I've never even heard of that. And I have a LOT of custom work done. Maybe just your specific shop had that rule.

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It's not so much as getting a tattoo out of the book but researching what it means. Or asking a friend for opinion. Or even waiting a few days to make sure you really want it. The whole, spontaneously get a tattoo thing is so overrated. Most of the time, the people who get it, regret it later. I got mine spontaneously BUT I already knew what I wanted for 4 years but had never really made it a priority. Mine actually means "trust" in Sanskrit and I'd researched it for the longest to make sure I had the proper spelling, etc. couldn't me happier! :)

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I've never been charged extra either for a custom tattoo; I've never even heard of that. I have 5 pieces and I've been charged for their size not for being customized.

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I thought the books were so you can see what the artist has done and how their style is so you can decide if they're the person you're gonna trust with permanently marking your body, not so you can pick something they've already done and have it replicated. Are we talking about different books? Usually the generic stuff is on the walls, or everything is custom.

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why is everyone thumbing down GothicAngel? she used to work somewhere. just because it's not how it is where you are makes it invalid. where I live there's a ton of tat places. one of them charges a bit extra for custom designs but the rest are based on size and location. for example inner lip, where I live, is always at least 100.

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67 - With that logic, you could say the same thing for GothicAngel assuming that all shops charge extra, just because of where they live. I didn't notice at first that you live in Australia, GothicAngel. I'm assuming it is a different set of rules than over here in the US.

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With my latest tattoo I found a design I liked and asked the tattooist to make one significant change to it so that it was unique, no extra charge and many tattooists enjoy the challenge of adapting an image rather than just making a new one. Also it sound like the op just picked something off the wall in the shop. That's just lazy, spend at least a few hours on it!

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try telling that to my boyfriend. He wants to get a tattoo that says "not the american average" because it has the word "American" in it. "Not the American Average" is a song about a prostitute.

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Your comment reminds of something my friend told me about the swastica. She told me it was just another design idians put on their pottery. (And if I spelled swastica wrong and the grammar nazis attack, oh the irony)

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I used to want to get a tattoo of the mathematical symbol for therefore, but apparently that's a gang symbol, too. You can never be too careful when you are putting something permanent on your body.

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the swastika was actually a budhist sign of peace. Hitler just tilted it 45 degrees and it's now a sign of well you know, everything that the reich believed. edit: i didnt see the comment saying the same thing i did. sorry everyone

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