Barfing to Boners—25 Top Tattoo Artists Share Their Craziest Client Stories

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Find Out Paul Booth's, Megan Massacre's and Ryan Ashley's WILDEST Stories

It's time for the second episode of our brand new INKED Talk series. Last week, 25 of the top tattoo artists from around the world shared how they became tattoo artists and rose to prominence in the industry. This week, we're mixing things up in a big week. We asked our artist their craziest client story, and trust us, you're not ready for what you're about to hear. Even the highest tier tattooers experience out of control clients and nearly everyone had an experience wilder than the last. From a client who puked all over a tattooer and his station, to a horny customer getting a boner during a tattoo—these artists have truly experienced the worst of the worst.

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Meet the artists
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Tatu Baby is a realism artist based in Miami, Florida.

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Steve Butcher is a color realism artist based in New Zealand.

SARA FABEL

Sara Fable is a black-and-grey artist based in Los Angeles, California.

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Saga Anderson is a color realism artist based in Calgary, Canada.

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Ryan Ashley Malarkey is the season 8 winner of Ink Master. She specializes in black-and-grey and is based in NYC.

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Po Zhang is a black-and-grey artist originally from China, but currently based in Long Island, New York.

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Pony Lawson is a color realism and surrealism artist based in Chicago.

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Poch is a color realism artist based in Yucaipa, California.

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Paul Booth is a dark horror artist based in NYC.

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Nikki Simpson is a neo-traditional artist based in NYC.

MEGAN JEAN

Megan Jean Morris is a color realism and surrealism artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Marky Chavez is a black-and-grey artist based in Alhambra, California.

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Joice Wang is a color realism and micro artist based in NYC.

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Jess Yen is a Japanese traditional tattooer from Taiwan who is currently based in California.

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Evan Olin is a color realism artist based in Cranston, Rhode Island.

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Deanna Smith is a realism artist based in Denton, Texas.

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Dave Paulo is a surrealism artist based in Portugal.

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Chris Showstoppr is a color realism artist originally from New Zealand but currently based in Sydney, Australia.

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Ben Kaye is a color realism artist based in New Zealand.

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Arlo DiCristina is a surrealism artist based in Grand Junction, Colorado.

ANTHONY MICHAELS

Anthony Michaels is the season 7 winner of INK Master and works in Arizona.

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Alisha Gory is a black-and-grey artist who was born in South Korea, but is based in NYC.

MEGAN MASSACRE

Megan Massacre is a NY Ink alum and a realism artist based in NYC.

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Adrian Cier is a color realism artist originally from Spain and currently working in Germany.

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Yomico Moreno is a color realism artist from Venezuela working in NYC.