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It is very important to listen to your artist when they make suggestions in terms of sizing. Your artist is not a villain that is acting on behalf of the tattoo community, trying to make you have visible tattoos and stop your future employment. The artists actually have your best interests at heart.
The reason certain fonts and images cannot be done at a small size is because they won’t heal or age well. If you tattoo a piece with lots of detail at a small size, the piece is likely to blur, with the smaller gaps closing and your beautiful phrase or image will just end up being a big black blob. A portrait tattoo cannot be done the size of a coin, as the detail will have to be simplified to the point that the person in the portrait will be unrecognisable.
Do not be misled by the internet, a lot of pictures are either photoshopped, or they are fresh - and does not show how the tattoo healed.
The truth is, the bigger you go, the better the tattoo will age. Of course a great artist can achieve beautiful, fine work, but even with the most skilled artist, there is only so much magic to be made.
Ensure that you ask your artist for the reasoning behind their advice, it will help you understand where they are coming from and help you make the decision on if you are ready for the tattoo that you want.