Bartering Tattoos on Craigslist – A Modern Phenomenon

So we have all been there, scouring craigslist for the best possible deal on that used piece of gear, car, job, apartment, sex partner or the like. One thing that remains true among nearly every posting is the “WILL NOT TRADE FOR ____” clause. The most frequent of which is tattoos or body art. Now how did it get to be like this? Who would really even trust a tattoo trade?  How many people have gotten bad tattoos out of trades? Considering the number of poorly done tattoos out there, I would speculate that some amateur tattoo artists have made out like bandits!

In my experience people selling items on craigslist are typically of two varieties; 1. selling out of desperation or 2. testing the waters or value of their goods. Neither of which seem like ideal candidates for a tattoo trade. Yet every post is barraged with emails of  ”I am a local tattoo artist and I would love to trade some work for the _______ you have for sale”. In a moment of weakness and desperation one considers the trade, but ultimately what do you really know about these people with their tattoo trade. Moreover if you were really serious about having tattoo work done after the sale, wouldn’t you just take the cash and goto your tattoo artist of choice?

It is a puzzling phenomenon but one that constantly appears on craigslist whether you solicit it or not.

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