YouTuber reveals $ 2,100 micro tattoo a year later


A year ago, YouTuber beauty Alana Arbucci posted a video titled “I RECEIVED A $ 2,100 MICRO TATTOO FROM A CELEBRITY ARTIST.” This immediately caught the attention of our office and we watched her go through the process of getting a small and delicate micro-colored rose on her breastbone. Arbucci was thrilled with the finished product, which even the world’s biggest traditional tattoo enthusiast would admit looked amazing in the video. However, it doesn’t take someone with 15 years of experience in the industry to know that this part was not going to stay in this condition for very long.

Recently, Arbucci took to YouTube to share the tattoo a year later and we noticed a huge change in her take on the tattoo. In their first video, we saw someone who was excited to get a tattoo from a famous artist and would pay just about anything for a tattoo no bigger than a silver dollar. But, in her update, she had a very different take on micro tattoos and wasn’t too happy with how her work had aged in just a year.

In the video, Arbucci explains that with her first three tattoos, she wanted to get super petite, but the artists explained to her the importance of making it larger to avoid excessive fading or breakouts. But she was not convinced and for her rose tattoo, she had sought an artist in Bang Bang NYC who specializes in micro-tattooing of fine lines. She was thrilled with how the tattoo turned out and for many months ignored enemies who told her she wasted her money on a tattoo that wouldn’t last.

“Over the past year or so, I’ve looked down on my tattoo and been like, ‘Ooo, that looks so good, they were all fake,’” Arbucci said. “But then July 18th came and I had to send them a picture [for the touch up]… and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that doesn’t look so good, girl.’ “

When Arbucci puts photos of the fresh and healed tattoo side by side, there is a noticeable difference. There is much less contrast, as a lot of details have fallen off the tattoo, making it less readable. Arbucci then highlights a ring of pale skin around the tattoo, as she has been very careful to apply sunscreen to the piece to protect it on the outside and the discoloration is not due to neglect. She goes on to say that if she decides to get a micro tattoo in the future, she won’t be coming back to Bang Bang NYC because of the price. “Just because you’re a talented artist doesn’t mean the tattoo is going to stay,” says Arbucci. “You might be the most talented artist in the world, but [the tattoo] will fade over time.

Arbucci’s experience is not unique, as many people pay too much for tattoos that don’t stand the test of time. It’s important to note that Arbucci is not anti-micro tattooing as she understands why they fade and is ready to revisit them in the future. However, she realized that if she wants to get another micro tattoo, she shouldn’t be investing thousands of dollars in temporary art.

As representatives of the tattoo community, we are not here to shame anyone for the art they create or choose to collect on their body. All tattoos, if done safely by trained professionals, are valid and if someone is cool with a piece that only lasts a few years, it is their choice. However, customers should do their research on the style they want to engage in and not be hypnotized by a store just because it attracts a celebrity clientele. Celebrities are just like us, except they’re a lot richer. They can bear to pay thousands of dollars for a temporary tattoo because it is change for them. As people who are not absurdly rich, we need to be smart with our dollar and understand exactly what we are paying for. There are a lot of artists, who work outside of the big cities who may not have hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, who do quality work at a reasonable hourly rate. You just have to get to work to find them.


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