What I don’t understand is where these canvas people get off trying to control the artist. You signed up for a FREE tattoo on a reality show and while you might be able to tell the artist what you like the whole idea is that the challenge theme/artist picks what you get because the artist is trying to win a fucking contest. Duh.
Increasingly it looks like these human canvases are operating under the impression that they can walk in and intimidate the artist into giving them what THEY want…like that one canvas on the garter challenge. …asking for lettering and all sorts of crazy shit and her artist said, “this is a garter challenge, we have to tattoo a garter. that’s it.”
If you want to get a tattoo of Jaye Davidson making love to Obi-Wan Kenobi under the Eiffel Tower during a solar eclipse…you’re going to have to PAY for it. Seriously.
Canvas Natalie vs James Danger
What Canvas Natalie did to James Danger was disgusting and hard to watch. It was very clear that she walked in there gunning for her 15 minutes of fame.
There is a special brand of people out there who once they realize someone is terrified of confrontation, get off on needling them into a panic attack. When the victim finally snaps, they’re the same people who turn around and act like they have no idea what happened.
This is very evident in Canvas Natalie’s version of “what happened”:
Dave Navarro: “So, Natalie, tell us what happened. What went wrong today?”
Canvas Natalie: “To start off everything was ok…and then his hand was shaking, so I kind of was taken aback and I axed [sic] him about that and he said ‘well it’s you, you’re making me nervous’…I actually got scared.”
******Under what STRETCH of the imagination was everything OK…ever…in the exchange between these two. She tries to make it sound like JDanger was nervous but she conveniently leaves out the 30 minutes of constant needling that got him into that state to begin with!******
Dave Navarro: “So ultimately, when it came down to the wire and you were going to walk out of here–“
Canvas Natalie: “I wasn’t, I had no intention of leaving. He said ‘I am not the artist for you'”
******Um…no, you were yelling at him telling him it was “all about the tattoo” trying to get HIM to say something that would justify you walking out…******
Dave Navarro: “You’re saying to us that James decided, ‘this isn’t working, we shouldn’t do this’?”
Canvas Natalie: “He punked out”
******No, he didn’t punk out…SHE DID. Canvas Natalie signed up to get a free tattoo on a reality show and when she realized she couldn’t intimidate the artist to do her design of choice SHE PUNKED OUT.******
This is really what was said right before Canvas Natalie walked out:
Canvas Natalie: “It’s all about the tattoo, say it now, we’re done”
*********WHAT SHOW ARE YOU ON? Of course it’s all about the tattoo. I see what she’s doing here, she was trying to bully him into a position where he could either give her exactly what she wanted or she’d walk out…and as exhausted as he was JDanger wasn’t going to touch what she wanted with a 10 foot pole!*********
James Danger: “You know what, you’re right, I don’t th– I’m not the artist for you”
Canvas Natalie: “That’s it!” *client walks out*
I think Dave Navarro was spot on when he said, “I feel like she pushed him into a corner where he said, maybe I’m not the guy for you.”
…and that Chris Nunez was absurd to say, “Bedside manner is everything. You put your hand on her arm and you go, ‘hey…we’re going to work through this, we’re good.'”
———-> Really Chris? At what point in your WILDEST imagination do you honestly think putting hands on this woman would have resulted in anything less than a BIG FAT FUCKING LAWSUIT? Come on.
Now I can see Chris Nunez’s other point. I don’t think I’d have gone so far as to call JDanger a bitch but in all theory, as an adult, JDanger should have control over his own emotions.
That being said, we live in the REAL WORLD where to some people a bad look from a complete stranger can ruin their entire day.
No one should be able to needle someone to the point of a panic attack but if every adult was in complete control of their own mental faculty there’d be no such thing as alcohol and Zoloft.
It’s Ok To Walk Away
In a REAL tattoo shop the canvas has more control because the canvas is PAYING for the tattoo…but that doesn’t mean that a canvas can bully an artist either. If a canvas isn’t comfortable with an artist he/she has the right to walk out just as easily as an artist can tell a client, “I’m not the artist for you.”
Walking away does not make a client a problem or an artist any less of an artist…infact I would argue that the opposite is true.
At his exit interview James Danger said, “The judges keep saying ‘being ink master, part of that is being able to deal with problem clients’ No, it’s fucking not. I don’t tattoo problem clients. I think it’s ridiculous.” …and I agree.
Someone who is willing to tattoo “anyone” is more of a money whore than an Ink Master…and someone who will try to talk a canvas out of what they want because they lack the skill to execute it (instead of referring them elsewhere) is just a bullshit artist (literally HAHA!).
Canvas Natalie is the kind of girl who will get a tattoo from some overconfident scratcher and act like it’s exactly what she wanted to preserve her ego.
Shit, I can hear her now…, “No, it’s like that on purpose!”…LOL!
WORST PART IS
All this drama with crybaby canvas overshadowed the delightful work Tatu Baby accomplished when thrown an octogenarian canvas for the elimination challenge!
They didn’t even air who actually “won” the challenge (although a ‘Judge’s Pick‘ is on the website)…but my pick would be Tatu Baby. Totally redeemed herself from the gimp handed gypsy of week one in my book…lol.