Tattoo artist defends himself after back tattoo he charged almost $1k for sparks debate

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By James Kay

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A tattoo artist has been forced to defend himself after he charged almost $1,000 for a back tattoo that looks pretty... interesting?

Tattoos are incredibly subjective because they are pieces of art after all. There are some designs that people love and others that they hate.

The art is done in a variety of different styles including realism, neo-traditional, watercolor, and a lot of others that all bring their own stamp to the world of body art.

They don't come cheap, and can often set you back hundreds of dollars - with the larger and more detailed the design, the more you can expect to pay.

One man in Berlin forked out €900 ($976) for a back tattoo, that in fairness is pretty large - but the design has really got people talking.

Mykhailo, 21, has built a strong following on TikTok with his designs, but a recent one has gained over two million views, and probably for the wrong reasons.

In the short clip, Mykhailo showed the stencil which is open to interpretation, but two palm tree-looking things emerge from a squiggly block.

A few other lines are dotted around across the customer's back as the artist confirmed the staggering price for the design.

It's safe to say that people weren't amused, and they let their thoughts be known in the comments. One person said: "My kids can scribble better than this. This person is scribbling on flesh and y’all are all in, I don't get it."

A second person commented: "I wouldn't get this tattoo if someone paid me 900 euro and gave the tattoo for free."

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Others theorized that the design may have been done by a younger relative that the customer wanted to immortalize on their back.

To clear up the confusion, Mykhailo spoke to Insider where he revealed further details about the design that caused such controversy.

Explaining that he "exaggerated" the price on the TikTok video and that it was actually between €700-800 ($750-850), he explained the concept behind the design was "freedom" and "beauty"

"I'm trying to complement not only their body shapes but personality as well," Mykhailo added while questioning why "random people on the internet" had so much time to comment negative messages.

He admitted that he expected the backlash, due to people being "triggered" by a young person creating designs that they might not agree with.

Featured image credit: seksan Mongkhonkhamsao / Getty

Tattoo artist defends himself after back tattoo he charged almost $1k for sparks debate

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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A tattoo artist has been forced to defend himself after he charged almost $1,000 for a back tattoo that looks pretty... interesting?

Tattoos are incredibly subjective because they are pieces of art after all. There are some designs that people love and others that they hate.

The art is done in a variety of different styles including realism, neo-traditional, watercolor, and a lot of others that all bring their own stamp to the world of body art.

They don't come cheap, and can often set you back hundreds of dollars - with the larger and more detailed the design, the more you can expect to pay.

One man in Berlin forked out €900 ($976) for a back tattoo, that in fairness is pretty large - but the design has really got people talking.

Mykhailo, 21, has built a strong following on TikTok with his designs, but a recent one has gained over two million views, and probably for the wrong reasons.

In the short clip, Mykhailo showed the stencil which is open to interpretation, but two palm tree-looking things emerge from a squiggly block.

A few other lines are dotted around across the customer's back as the artist confirmed the staggering price for the design.

It's safe to say that people weren't amused, and they let their thoughts be known in the comments. One person said: "My kids can scribble better than this. This person is scribbling on flesh and y’all are all in, I don't get it."

A second person commented: "I wouldn't get this tattoo if someone paid me 900 euro and gave the tattoo for free."

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Credit: TikTok
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Credit: TikTok

Others theorized that the design may have been done by a younger relative that the customer wanted to immortalize on their back.

To clear up the confusion, Mykhailo spoke to Insider where he revealed further details about the design that caused such controversy.

Explaining that he "exaggerated" the price on the TikTok video and that it was actually between €700-800 ($750-850), he explained the concept behind the design was "freedom" and "beauty"

"I'm trying to complement not only their body shapes but personality as well," Mykhailo added while questioning why "random people on the internet" had so much time to comment negative messages.

He admitted that he expected the backlash, due to people being "triggered" by a young person creating designs that they might not agree with.

Featured image credit: seksan Mongkhonkhamsao / Getty