This week, a Reddit thread by user efergantes asked tattoo artists and customers to spill the tea on their biggest "oh shit" moment while tattooing or receiving a tattoo. And wouldn't you know it, MANY people began sharing times when shit hit the fan.
Here are some of the biggest "whooooops" and gasp-worthy moments that tattoo artists and customers revealed:
"A guy who didn't speak English very well came in and asked for the word, 'hovis' on his arm. Confused, we repeatedly asked if he definitely wanted 'hovis,' like the bread? We wrote it out on paper, but he kept saying, 'yes, yes.' So my boss did it. The next day he comes in with his very angry brother who explained he wanted 'ELVIS.'"
"On paper, we ask you when the last time you ate/had anything to drink, because some people's nervous system can't handle the pain and they will pass out or start shaking. This woman stated she ate thirty minutes before coming in. Ten minutes into the tattoo, she passes out and wasn't responsive. 911 was called. She woke up as the paramedics arrived. Turns out she hadn't eaten anything since the evening before because she was so nervous about the tattoo and was hypoglycemic."
"I have this friend who has quite a few tattoos. She had been planning on getting a large infinity sign (like the sideways 8) followed by the word, 'possibilities' up the length of her forearm. The idea was to have infinite possibilities, kind of an affirmation. Well she got it and loved it. She posted it on Facebook and Instagram, tagged her artist and went about her day. I had to call her and tell her the bad news. Her arm said, 'possibities.'"
"Once, I filled in the wrong side of a nautical star and wanted to disappear forever."
"My best friend went to a guy he knew who did tattoos as a hobby at his house. He wanted 'UNFORGIVING' tattooed down his forearm. They decided to get drunk and pop some pills as he is getting the tattoo. My friend passes out. He wakes up a few hours later and looks over at the tattoo guy, who is staring at the floor with a look of defeat on his face. 'I fucked up man,' he said. My friend looks down at his new 'UNFRIEND' forearm tattoo."
"A guy was getting tattooed on his arm and started to look pale. My friend knows the signs all too well and asks if he needs a break or something to eat or drink. Client says, 'Nope all good. Keep going." Sure enough, within ten minutes, the client slumps over having fainted...and then proceeds to violently shit his pants. Safe to say that tattoo chair had to get thrown out."
"I had a friend who was getting a tattoo when a car lurched forward in the parking lot and drove into the front of the shop and exploded the glass window. They both jumped and the tattoo gun made a line on his cheek. It was about 1.5 inches. He grew a beard and has had one ever since."
"My sisters got matching tattoos. Both were misspelled. Apparently, they didn't know that in script, an 'm' has three humps, whereas an 'n' has two."
"My ex is a tattoo artist and has done most of my work. He left us the day after our son was born and it wasn’t until five years later that I ran into him again. I was cordial, I had forgiven him long ago, and was happy in my new life as a single mom. I asked him for a tattoo (the least he could do, right?) and he complied. He drew up a beautiful tribal rosebush that I wanted as a tramp stamp. He starts working and about an hour later, I looked to see how it was coming along. The
bastard stuck our son’s name on my lower back. IN HIS HANDWRITING.
It doomed my sex life for a while."
You can read the full Reddit thread here, if you dare!
Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.