There are many different ways to calm your nerves and relax during a flight — but for most people, a tattoo probably isn’t one of them.
But for one traveler, aerial tattooing saved her the hassle of figuring out where the best place would be to get inked at her destination.
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Tattoo artist Asher, who goes by the TikTok name @luckyboytattoos, ended up tattooing her on the flight, he revealed in a now-viral video.
Asher chatted to his seatmate, who revealed she wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate her trip but was a little “stressed” about finding a good place to go.
After speaking to her for a while, she agreed to get a tattoo right there — literally, over the dining table.
Tattoo artists are allowed to carry their equipment as carry-on baggage in the US.
After receiving the OK from the flight crew, Asher began work on a small, simple “Hello” tattoo on his new friend’s arm.
He pointed out in his TikTok video that he followed all necessary “sanitizing protocols including preparation, cleaning and disposal.”
The TikTok video garnered more than 760,000 likes and many comments.
“Getting tattooed like this at 20,000ft is so cool,” one person wrote.
“You’re awesome because you do it!”
“A whole new meaning for Mile High Club,” joked another.
“Why can’t I get a seatmate like this? It would be great,” wrote another.
Others were a bit perplexed that something like this was allowed on a flight.
“Did I take that to mean I can’t carry 4 ounces of toothpaste (on board) but a tattoo gun is allowed on planes? (I still love it),” one person wrote.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) even posted a snippet of the video to their Instagram account to confirm they were fine with the in-flight tattoo.
“We have a hunch this might be a first,” her post was captioned. “It’s entirely your choice, your tattoo gear can be flown in both carry-on and checked baggage!
“However, your ink must meet our fluidity rule of 3.4 ounces or less.
“Oh, and if you’re trying to make a lasting impression on your flight, it really is best to ask your airlines about their rules and policies first.”
Speaking to BuzzFeed after his TikTok video went viral, Asher admitted he was initially joking when he offered to tattoo his seatmate mid-flight.
It turned out to be a first for both of them — he’d never tattooed anyone on air before.
“Usually when I meet my clients, there’s either an instant connection where we’re on the same page, or there’s not,” he said.
“I felt very comfortable with her and she felt very comfortable with me after a brief chat on the plane.
“I told her the (outline) wouldn’t be stenciled, but she was very open to the idea of the tattoo having character.
“We even talked about bumps and turbulence.”
He explained that he used a cordless tattoo machine, which kept the process very quiet, as opposed to the usual whirr of a traditional tattoo gun.
He noted that the reaction to his TikTok was mixed, with some saying it was unsanitary.
And some of the comments on TSA’s post echoed that sentiment.
“This is so unsanitary and unsafe for literally everyone. Please do not encourage this type of behavior,” one person wrote.
“I’m shocked they’re allowing this,” said another.
“We are living in a pandemic that is still happening,” one person wrote.
“People on planes didn’t sign up to be exposed to the blood of others on their tray tables where they’re supposed to eat.
“It’s not OK.”
But others said they now have a new thing to add to their bucket list.
“Nice! Tattoo at 30,000ft! This is definitely a bucket list item,” one person wrote.
“Does this person need a new BFF?” wondered another.
“At the end of the day, I understand it’s not the most hygienic place to get tattoos, but we first talked about consent, risks, mutual understanding and trust,” Asher told BuzzFeed.
He said getting an aerial tattoo was a great experience because his client wanted to “recall” the sense of adventure, say hello, and have new experiences.
“It’s so powerful to be able to take a piece of that version of yourself with you, wear it, and remember it,” he said.
His client was so happy with her fresh tattoo that they even stayed in touch, Asher revealed.
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