An important part of protecting clients from abuse and harassment is providing information on what is and is not necessary during the tattoo process.
It is normal for your artist:
It is NEVER acceptable for your artist:
(Note: Chaperones are a great safety net, but many shops' Covid policies do not allow additional people in the shop at this time. Consider having a friend on voice or video call, or text them during your appointment. You never have to be unsupported.)
In tattooing, consent is an ongoing, voluntary, and informed agreement to participate in the tattoo procedure. Consent is required by both artist and client for the tattoo to continue. Consent can be revoked at any time, for any number of reasons. Coercion or pressure to comply voids consent; neither party can force the other to continue with the tattoo.
Focus on: Communication, Collaboration, and Choice
Artists and clients have a duty to provide all information necessary to make informed decisions about the tattoo. This could look like;
Although the artist is providing a service and must be a good leader to provide a safe and successful tattoo, the client's participation in decision making is needed. This could look like;
The ability to make choices is critical to ongoing consent. This could look like;
As a client, you always have the right to:
This document will continue to evolve. If you have questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Additional resources: Change tattooing.