On several social networking sites, there are tattooers being called out as art thieves and or “trace masters.” What determines theft of artwork? Judging from my personal clients, they come to me for my professionalism and artistic ability to create something custom and original for them. So instead of trying to imagine their own personal custom tattoo, they do a search for tattoos that already exists, be it online or through magazines. Almost every single time when a new custom drawing is done, using the reference photo but doing something different completely, the client is ecstatic! Now, there are some tattoos that are iconic, and even tattooers today will create designs similar to traditional tattoos. I agree 100% I won’t get a tattoo unless I or my boyfriend have not drawn personally and then I let my artist use his talent to take it to the next step. This item will be sent through the Global Shipping Programme and includes international tracking. By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab.
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When that happens, since they don’t have that artistic vision, like a professional artists has, they get worried about changing the idea, which comes off as stubborn.

They’re excited to see their idea realized by a professional artist, and knowing that someone took the time to design a one-of-a-kind piece of art for them alone.
That’s where I think if an artist that has respect for the fathers of modern tattooing, they should actually give credit, saying something along the lines that it was inspired by the art of Bert Grimm, Sailor Jerry, or Lyle Tuttle just to name a few.
There are also artists that provide sketchbooks and prints of their personal art, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want their art to be copied.
Bringing in a picture of someone’s tattoo that might have been drawn custom for them not only as a piece of art, but as something personal with more meaning to them than anyone else would ever understand, and then tattooing it on someone without at least trying to change it is very taboo. The artists that make it are the ones that are willing to take risks and tell their clients, “NO, let me design something solely for you.” Make the client think it was their idea to change it up! Tattoos were actually an art form designed to distinguish an individualism in the first place.
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Whatever it may be, the industry is being saturated with tattooers, and there is a one main thing many of these tattooers are overlooking beside the respect for the craft. The main one being “the customer is always right.” I myself find that to be false, at least when it comes to tattoos.

If they are the type that are not willing to compromise at all, then yes, I would definitely let them walk out the door, and I hope other artists do too. There are tattoos that are created from classic “flash” and there is nothing wrong with that, it has been around since the birth of modern tattooing.
In fact, there are several books that state on the first few pages not to copy the art but use it as a reference. Putting your tattoos on the internet is like putting out a flash sheet and asking for people to copy you.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. This is where an artist should take the design and use it as a reference, a starting point, an idea. No matter if you are offering a personalized tattoo, that fits better your customer, this is not a matter of stealing art, is a matter of psychology. Not take it, and trace and tattoo it solely out of fear that they will lose that client and the money. There is a huge lack of originality and a spike in theft of artwork with all these new tattooers and we need to clarify what the boundaries are.

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