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May 15, 2020 9:45 AM   Subscribe

 
Some of these are great. In contrast, the hepatitis C tats looked terrible.
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 11:34 AM on May 15 [2 favorites]


*Sees tattoo of toilet paper with butterfly wings*

*Pages Weird Al*
posted by Beardman at 12:02 PM on May 15


It's a bit early to get a tat that says "survivor." OTOH those "STAY HOME" knuck tats are *it*
posted by toodleydoodley at 12:18 PM on May 15 [2 favorites]


When Kari Barba was forced to close her two tattoo shops in California last week due to COVID-19, she asked the 20 artists who work for her how long the meager savings in their bank accounts would last them. They all told her the same thing: about a month. After that, she has no idea how they'll survive....
Almost every tattoo artist in America is an independent contractor. In exchange for space in a shop or private studio, they pay 30 to 50 percent of what they make on each tattoo to the parlor. They don't have 401(k)s. Many don't have health insurance. Under current federal law, they're not eligible for unemployment.

You have no idea how they'll survive because you were operating like Uber.
posted by benzenedream at 6:19 PM on May 15 [1 favorite]


ooh, I wish my favorite artists were making and selling temporary tats
posted by rebent at 6:24 PM on May 15 [1 favorite]


A lot of these shouted HUBRIS! more than COCKY CHEEKY CONFIDENCE!
posted by not_on_display at 8:37 PM on May 15 [1 favorite]


You have no idea how they'll survive because you were operating like Uber.

Honest question: Tattoo parlors existed before the Ubers came about, so what changed in the business model?
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 10:11 PM on May 15 [1 favorite]


AFAIK this is how tattoo shops and salons have always operated. Uber didn't invent this model.
posted by Young Kullervo at 8:38 AM on May 16 [3 favorites]


You have no idea how they'll survive because you were operating like Uber.

Oh please, don't speak to what you don't know about. The problem is our abysmal social safety net, not Big Tattoo Shop.
posted by so fucking future at 11:15 AM on May 16 [3 favorites]


Most hair stylists, spas, masseuse places, nail salons, etc. all work under the same principle and have for as long as I've been having my hair done professionally, which is about the Reagan administration.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 5:31 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]


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