8 Signs You Should Not Get That Tattoo, According To Tattoo Artists

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When you're consulting to get a tattoo, you may think that your artist will encourage you no matter what you're dreaming up — or even why. But tattoo artists are quite aware of the signs you shouldn't get a tattoo, and may even let you know their opinion about it. Even though it's your choice, there are still some nuances.

Tattoo artists have to be able to quickly assess their clients, so they have identified certain red flags to look out for. "It is up to the artist to try and figure out in the early stages of the consult as to whether [a] person is able to get tattooed that day," tattoo artist Jordanne Le Fae, tells Bustle. "Ultimately, we are not your babysitters and if you decide to get tattooed, then the best we can do is give you the information you need to make an informed choice. But, every artist does have the right to refuse service, it really is a case-by-case basis." Not all of these signs are easy to identify, however.

If a tattoo artist says something is a sign that you shouldn't be getting a tattoo, it's probably worth listening. Of course, you can always wait and get the same tattoo down the line, but certain circumstances are simply less likely to make a happy customer. So if you're considering getting a tattoo, it may be worthwhile to examine why and when you're getting it done.

Here are eight signs you should not get that tattoo, according to tattoo artists.