Getting a tattoo is one of the most exciting things there is
Getting a tattoo is one of the most exciting things there is. Finding an artist that you love, that you know is going to capture your idea perfectly, and will create a work of art that you will carry with you forever is something that fills anyone with emotion. It can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if it's the first, but eagerness always wins. And with eagerness, comes nervousness, too.
How is the design? Will it be what I want? Will it be as I imagine it?
We are very familiar with these questions, not only as a tattoo studio but as tattoo-loving people who have been through the same situation more than once. When coordinating an appointment with the studio, the most common question they ask us is: can I see the design? And the answer most of the time is: the designs are seen on the day of the appointment, directly with the artist.
Being something that will be on your skin forever, it’s normal to want to be sure of what you are going to get tattooed. We fully understand it, and that's why we want to explain a little how Cucu Studio works and why we have the rules we have!
The main reason why at Cucu Studio (and the vast majority of other tattoo studios) we don't send designs by mail or Instagram is to protect our artists. Tattooing is an art, and sadly it is vulnerable to the same problem that affects the entire artistic community in this digital age: copying and theft of designs.
It has happened to us in the past that some of our published available designs are taken by people that then go to other artists to get the tattoo for a cheaper price.
It’s a very unpleasant and frustrating experience, so we take our precautions to preserve the exclusivity of our designs.
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However, it is not the only reason why we prefer to work on the designs in person. A tattoo is a very personal thing. Some like tattoos full of meaning and symbolism, others focus only on the aesthetic value of the design, but each person has their individual interpretation of the tattoo. Therefore, it is preferable to have a more particular approach when dealing with clients: when you come to an appointment, the consultation with the artist is an extremely important part. In that time, you can chat with your artist, show them all the references you have, try the different variations and possible sizes, etc. It's our way of making sure your design is exactly what you have in mind!
It’s also important to remember that tattoo artists are still artists. They take their work and passion very seriously, and each piece takes a lot of creative effort and is time consuming. This is why they usually start working on the design once the appointment has been confirmed, to make sure that their time and energy will be well spended.
Now, having clarified the reason for our way of working, it is important to answer another very common question: can I get this design made by an X artist? As we explained in the previous paragraph, we have suffered the irritating experience of stolen art. And for this reason, we do not copy designs made by other artists. It is also important to remember that a tattoo artist does not simply pass an image from paper to the skin. Each one has their style, their preferences, their own brand that identifies them as an artist, so asking them to just copy someone else's design is also frustrating for the tattoo artist.
If there is an artist that you adore, you can use their art as a reference and your tattoo artist will make a new design taking into account what you have shown them. The result will be a completely original and exclusive tattoo!
Of course, there are exceptions: works by famous artists from the past (Dalí, Van Gogh, Miró), album and movie covers, and well-known animated characters are some of the designs that can be taken. However, most tattoo artists still prefer to give their personal touch to the design, but doesn't this also make it more special? It seems so to us! What do you think?