The E4 show has come under-fire from tattoo artists
The organiser of a campaign against ‘Tattoo Fixers’ has accused the television show of attacking the tattooing industry.
The Studio Lambert-produced programme has been criticised by tattoo artists, who have launched a campaign called ‘F*** Tattoo Fixers’ demanding that the series be axed.
Paul Taylor, the tattoo artist behind the campaign, told Vice.com: “There’s always a strong response from the tattooing industry to tattoo shows. But this has been different because it’s a direct attack on us as a British industry. That’s how it’s come across.”
Speaking of the ‘F*** Tattoo Fixers’ t-shirts which he designed, Taylor said: “I made the T-shirts as a joke, and before I knew it, people wanted them. We sold over 100 immediately and now we’ve inspired a few tribute acts.”
The UK’s Tattoo and Piercing Union have previously branded the show as “unrealistic” and “dangerous”.
Reactions from the show’s guests have been mixed. One of the series’s participants, Daniel Head, described the show as “brutal” in a Facebook post.
He wrote: “Most people think being on TV would be amazing and a brilliant opportunity. Sometimes it is. I’ve enjoyed some of the TV things I’ve done. But reality TV shows are brutal.”
He added: ”The actual way they’re made bears no resemblance to what you see on TV. One of those I have to say is Tattoo Fixers. I don’t regret much in my life but I do wish now I hadn’t fallen for the stuff the TV company (Studio Lambert) promised. They sold this programme to me and everyone else as ‘you’ll be getting a cover up free of charge by one of the top 3 tattoo artists in the UK’.”
Another guest said the show was “brilliant” and that she was “shocked” by Head’s allegations.
“I was shocked to read what Daniel had to say because it was such a positive experience in my opinion,” Natalie told the Mirror Online. “I was well looked after. They had assistants offering me food and drinks and asked if I needed anything.”
A ‘Tattoo Fixers’ spokesperson denied that the show was exploitative.
“We pride ourselves on taking care of everyone who appears on Tattoo Fixers and we follow stringent safety regulations. Danny did not tell us about his food poisoning during filming and to claim that we put pressure on him, or anyone else, to have a tattoo correction or to have it completed by a particular time is false.”