When we do something embarrassing, we tend to banish the memory to the darkest corner of our subconscious as a method of ridding ourselves of the horrible moment. But when your embarrassing moment is the result of your mate tattooing a gigantic penis on your leg, well, it can be a bit more difficult to hide that.
That’s where E4’s Tattoo Fixers comes in. The weekly show, now in its second series, features three professional tattoo artists meeting a string of clients with deeply regrettable tattoos. The artists then subsequently cover up said tattoo for the client and everyone goes home happy. Right?
Not quite – in fact the show finds itself amid a storm of controversy. Several of the clients have lately revealed that they’re not happy with their tattoos or the show’s process, as seen in Daniel Heads viral post above. On Facebook he claimed that the converted mechanics garage the show is filmed in is ‘absolutely f**king freezing’ and that he was made to wait several hours to begin – despite being violently ill.
One has even come out to say that the cover-up they were given has ruined his life. It’s not just the clients that are upset with the sometimes-slightly-dodgy work on the show though; tattoo artists across the country have berated the show for showcasing unprofessional work and for damaging their reputation as a whole.
Even Harry Styles’ tattoo artist has slammed the show, claiming that Tattoo Fixers ‘has knocked the industry back 10 years’ in an interview with The Mirror. He’s not the only artist to be enraged though, #FuckTattooFixers has now become the official hashtag for artists to berate the show for a variety of mistakes.
One noted how one of the designers – Sketch – has plagiarised designs.
For the “Tattoo Fixers” idiot fans: Another blatant rip-off by the #tracemaster himself @sketchreppinink This time a piece by the superbly talented @crispylennox Maybe Sketch needs to change his Instagram to “SketchRIPPINink”. Cunt. There’s not a good word to say in Sketch’s defence so please don’t bother. #sickplugs #sickstuff #tattoo #tattoos #fucktattoofixers #headtattoo #tattooripoff #customdesign
Several artists are still enraged and have created their own T-Shirts to discourage viewers from watching the show.
Fuck you “Scratch” you slimey piece of shit! Noone likes a design thief let alone someone who butchers them! And to openly admit you do it too is disgusting and highly disrespectful to hardworking artists with real talent! @sketchreppinink #fucksketch #fucktattoofixers #youracunt #share #sharethis #gettattoofixersofftheair #embarrassment #fuckingjoke
That hasn’t stopped several on Twitter being encouraged to get a tattoo, though.
Some who have participated in the show are gushing with praise however and are very happy with their designs. Jules Clarkson from Mansfield said she loved her fix job from the show and another was dead happy when her tattoo of Keith Lemon was transformed into a Native American design.
Sketch, an artists on the show, has since responded to the allegations by sharing posts of support from fans on Twitter and Instagram, as well as sharing an article from the Daily Mail claiming Danny Head is a ‘liar’.
But we doubt anyone will get this one though…