Tattoo artist defends himself after video of ‘ruined’ back tattoo sparks debate
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A tattoo artist has defended himself after a video posted online of him inking a back tattoo sparked debate.
Of course, tattoos do not come cheap - you can perhaps get a smaller one in the £40-£60 range, but if you are wanting a bigger one, be prepared to pay in the hundreds.
Mykhailo often posts some of his favourite designs on TikTok, and has built a following of close to 40,000 on the popular video platform.
And while many have praised him for his unique abstract, scribble-like design, which was posted last month - others have been left baffled by it and its apparent price tag.
In the video posted by the tattoo artist, a freshly created tattoo sits on a man's back, with Mykhailo adding an on-screen caption saying he paid 900 euros (£769) for the unique piece of artwork.
The video then cuts to a work-in-progress design that was sketched out in blue ink.
It appears to have two long shapes resembling flowers stemming from a scribbled section, while that is surrounded by disconnected lines.
The camera then turns to the final product - a finished piece that is certainly rather unique.
While the rather expensive price tag is a big enough talking point on its own, others have criticised Mykhailo for the design itself.
"I would have done that for a fiver," one TikTok user commented on the video.
A second joked: "Looks like my graph from finals when I forgot to bring a ruler."
Meanwhile, another person criticised the tattoo artist: "This is laziness & taking advantage of people & stealing their hard earned money! you should be ashamed! talking them into this & calling it art!"
And a fourth claimed the man's back was now 'ruined' as a result of the unique tattoo.
It wasn't all bad though, as one wrote: "Looks sick but idk if i would get myself one (maybe smaller)."
Speaking to Insider, Mykhailo said the tattoo was inspired by the concept of 'freedom' and 'beauty'.
He added the tattoo was made in collaboration with the customer, adding: "I'm trying to complement not only their body shapes but personality as well."
He also added the tattoo actually cost between 700 (£598) and 800 euros (£684), with him exaggerating the cost on TikTok to create a 'viral mix'.
This is far from the only inking to catch people's eyes online, with Aussie influencer Tia Kabir telling her 90,000 TikTok followers she was devastated after a tattoo artist decided to change her dream tattoo design without her permission at the last moment.
Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mishaaattt