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You often hear of how this deviant tattoo artist advised someone against going smaller with their tattoo and how the client ended up with something that they were not comfortable with.
More often than not, the reasoning behind the artist’s advice is actually geared towards giving you a better tattoo and has more weight behind it than making something bigger for the fun of it or something that might cost you more.
Firstly, because of the way that skin and ink ages, if you leave gaps that are too small in a finely detailed tattoo, you are going to end up with a blur of black or colour. The definition will be lost and you will NOT be happy in the long run.
Secondly, with realism, particularly in the case of portraits, if you want the distinguishing features that make the image unique, you need to go bigger. There are subtleties that an artist needs to ensure are included in the tattoo so that the picture looks as close to the original as possible.
If you are unhappy with the size that the artist is suggesting for you, bring it up and ask them to explain their reasoning. If an agreement cant be reached, it might be a good idea to go back to the drawing board in terms of your idea. If your gut says no, don’t go forward with the tattoo.
Remember, it is important to listen to your artist and be open with them, it is in their best interest to let you walk away with a beautiful tattoo, as you are a part of their living, breathing portfolio.