Upset about tattoo placement

So, ultimately I know it doesn’t really matter at this point because it’s a tattoo and it’s on me forever, lol. More so wanting to vent, and see if anybody else has experienced anything similar.

I got a tattoo a month or so ago from a really good artist in my area. They’re pretty popular and are usually booked out for a while. I was supposed to see her in March 2020 but then you-know-what happened. After shut downs, schedule conflicts, etc., I was finally able to see her this year.

I don’t know if it was adrenaline or what, but when she put the stencil on my bicep, I didn’t think anything of it. At the time, I saw the design, and I was like yeah ok that’s good.

It wasn’t until recently where I’ve taken selfies and noticed that the bird, in nearly every selfie, is positioned in a way where he’s sticking his beak into my armpit. I started noticing it more, and after twisting around in the mirror, noticed that due to where he’s at on my arm, stretches out into weird distorted shapes when I move around.

I can’t stop thinking about it now. I feel silly and dumb for not noticing at the appointment. I feel a weird betrayal with the artist for not advising my properly. I keep thinking, if only the image was flipped, or moved two inches to the left, I wouldn’t be in this situation.

Any insight on how to get over this? I feel like, sick to my stomach upset thinking about it. Has anybody experienced anything similar?

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Update: here’s a different view for how he looks when I have my arm in close…..

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  1. My dude, that is a badass tattoo! Could the placement be better? Meh, sure.

    But guess what, my first impression was not ‘why is the bird picking at his armpit?’ It was ‘damn that’s really well done and the shrooms are awesome’

    Most people will put 3% of the attention onto your tattoo compared to how much you look at it and pay attention to it.

    It’s badass — I know what you’re feeling, and it will go away eventually.

    My advice: own that shit! When someone compliments it (which they will) know that they genuinely like it and resist the temptation to say “thx BUT…. I don’t like the placement”

  2. I think it looks great. I have an orchid right around my elbow that looks exactly like a testicle when it hangs out of t-shirt sleeves. It used to drive me batty but as I add to my arm I doubt anyone else really notices, and if they do, *shrug*. I think weird interaction with your body parts and stretching and scrunching is the nature of the beast. Humans are weirdly shaped so tattoos are never going to perfect. All things considered I actually like the placement. I think the beak could be like a centimeter further from your armpit but that’s nit picking.

  3. I love everything about this tattoo! Completely get you are feeling different about it and I’m sorry, but just sayin, looks sick from where I’m standing

  4. This is something I would have gotten on purpose. Love the idea of the bird feeding from my armpit 😂 humour helps with a lot of things, and I really think you should just joke and laugh about it ☺️

  5. I know this doesn’t answer your question, but maybe you can help answer one of mine that I would have a hard time asking one of my clients.

    What is the appeal with, I’m going to say people of a certain age to avoid going into full “back in my day” mode, getting tattoos not on the flat outside or inside of their bicep, but the awkwardly placed, rounded, “front” part. I’ve been tattooing 13 years and have never done anything like this until the last few years, and it’s becoming exceedingly common.

  6. I’ve been where you are right now. I have a weasel tattoo on my chest, and its head is exactly in the middle of my sternum. Now when I wear blouses with a thin cleavage it’s little snout is popping out. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it was just 2cm to the left. It bothered me for some time, but after a few months I got used to it. Nothing I can do about it, and it could have been worse. At least it’s still a well done tattoo. There’s a big chance you’ll get used to after a while and it’ll stop bothering you.

  7. i dont really have negative things to say about how it looks but i can relate to placement not being how i wanted. I have a tattoo on my wrist that is not as straight as i wanted it to be. its kind of crooked.