While I’m at work with my uniform on, people tend to give themselves more freedom to ask and to comment upon my looks than what they normally would have if I was not in uniform. I don’t mind, ‘cos I know I may look a little different then what you expect an employee to look like in such a profession. But sometimes I feel people may get a bit too personal simply because I can’t be rude unless they cross a line, which they barely stay behind. But even rudeness is okay, if my customers is having a bad day, that does not affect me in any way. (Oh… It was not my intention for that to rhyme, but now that it does, I’ll let it pass.)
What does bother me, is when costumers try to come with their “professional” opinions about my tattoos. That is one of those situation in which the rule “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” would apply. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the compliments, nor the questions on what I’m going to do with them when I grow old. You get used to questions like that after a while. No, what does bother me are comments like one costumer gave me the other day.
He is one of those costumers you may refer to as a regular. You know who he is and what he does for a living ‘cos you’ve exchanged a few words in the past. This man was one of them. I know he is a tattoo artist, but as far as I know, not working at a studio. More the “at home” types. Personally, I would never let anyone tattoo me outside a studio, but that’s an opinion I would not say out loud while at work. At least not to his face, because that is what he does for a living. So I keep my mouth shut when he talks about it. As usual he asked me if I’ve got any new projects going on, and this time I did. My memorial tattoo for my dad. I’m not one of those who does not like people to know that my dad passed away, I’ve got no problem talking about it simply because it’s the truth. So I told him the story and why I had that motorcycle and roses and those words and showed him my leg. He looked at it and said: “There are a few lines which are shaky.”
Am I a bit too sensitive, or was that comment a bit out of line? I would never say something like that to a young girl who had recently lost someone she cares so deeply about that she got a memorial tattoo. To be frank, I think he was jealous at the artwork itself… And I know some of the lines are a bit shaky, but it’s not done yet. And my leg was dancing all by itself during the session.