When you choose to get a tattoo, you should trust your artist. You should speak to them about your design, pain threshold, and any other health conditions. They should respect you and try and make the process as enjoyable as possible.
However, recently a Las Vegas tattoo artist on TikTok refused to use numbing cream on a client — even though she asked. The artist, Medwin Maca (@Mmf_Tattoos) rubbed regular lotion on the client’s arm before starting the tattoo session and lied.
“My client asked if I had numbing cream and I said yes and so I gave her regular lotion,” he captioned the video. “She won’t know the difference.”
The tattoo artist then grabs a regular bottle of Suave lotion and labels it “numbing cream” with a marker. He proceeds to slather the “numbing cream” on her arm.
“Pain level was at a 0,” he added in the caption.
It seems like an incredible violation, and I would be loathe to recommend this artist to anyone knowing how he does not take his client’s requests very seriously.
Maca told the Daily Dot he used regular lotion on the client because he was out of numbing cream. According to the artist, numbing cream does not really take away the pain. “It just takes off the sharp edges so she wouldn’t really notice.”
Viewers of the video commented on whether or not the artist was behaving in an ethical way.
Maca said he knew his client would be fine without the cream because he was convinced it was ‘just all in her head,’ especially since it was her first time. The client was very nervous from the moment she arrived at the session, he said.
The client allegedly was not in pain during her session. Maca told her he did not use numbing cream, and she replied, “That’s it? Wow, I was just overthinking it the whole time.”
“She was not mad at all but happy and laughed it off,” he told the Daily Dot.
It just seems incredibly dishonest and honestly a violation to lie to a client about something she requested, hoping to minimize pain. But Maca said the whole thing was a joke and not to be taken seriously.
“I do not want people to see this video and think that I lie to my clients or that I’m not honest,” he told the Daily Dot. “I have a beautiful relationship with every single one of my clients.”
I mean, if I had gotten a tattoo and requested something to help the pain and was lied to, I would never go back.
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