Tattoo shop customer dumbfounded after discovering a ‘hidden’ message in their design: ‘That’s so bad’

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A customer is upset that a tattoo artist wrote a secret message in their tattoo.

They posted the situation on Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum. The customer requested a replica of a family photo and was satisfied with the artwork. But later on, they realized the tattooist inserted the initials “AJ” without permission.

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“I went to a tattoo shop in my area, with a photo of the tattoo I wanted,” the customer wrote. “It was one my dad had gotten to honor my passed grandfather whose father also had it. But the point is – it was important to me that the tattoo looked EXACTLY as it did in the photo.

“I get to the shop, I explain everything, I pay, get the tattoo, and we’re done, I think it looks awesome, everything is great! Until a few weeks later when I show my great-grandmother the tattoo. She’s static, grabs my arm to look at and compliment it, then asks, ‘Who’s AJ?'”

The customer didn’t realize the tattoo wasn’t exactly identical to the photo.

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“I ask her what she means, and she points out on the tattoo where the initials A and J or maybe T were hidden into the tattoo,” they explained. “I’m instantly pissed, as my artist’s name is Alice Trever. She tries to assure me it was no big deal if I hadn’t noticed it til now, but I still reached out to the artist sort of irritated.”

“They told me the style of art I got is called traditional and it’s ‘pretty trad’ for all artists who do that style to do it. I demanded a partial refund and they refused, so I complained to the owner who made the artist give me a full refund. Now the artist is running a full smear campaign, talking about moving shops, and all kinds of crap.”

Redditors felt the customer was completely in the right.

“That’s so bad,” a user said.

“They kind of branded you with their initials and they should get fired,” someone commented.

“Tattoo artists don’t get to sign their work because their canvas is a human being. This is KNOWN. This is conventionally understood,” a person wrote.

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