The decision to get a tattoo should not be made on a spur of the moment, that’s why most people like 23-year-old Buzz spend years thinking about their choice.
However, once Buzz made up his mind he found it extremely difficult to find a tattoo parlor that would be willing to give him some ink.
And it wasn’t because of his choice of tattoo; many parlors said no because they were concerned about his mindset. Buzz has autism.
Buzz has been wanting a tattoo for years.
According to a Facebook post shared by Northwest Inkorporated, a tattoo parlor in Washington state, Buzz and his parents have been looking since August for a tattoo artist.
“We searched for literally months to find an artist to do it and we were told no at more than 7 parlors,” Sandi Heil Green, Buzz’s mother, wrote on Facebook.
One day Green drove by Northwest Inkorporated and, despite having a negative experience with other tattoo parlors, she decided to walk in. She was not optimistic about the possible outcome.
“To my surprise, it is was a, heck yes, we can try!!” she recalled.
After inquiring at more than half a dozen tattoo shops, Buzz and his parents finally found an artist willing to do the work.
Pat Masga, of Northwest Inkorporated, was excited to work with Buzz. He shared on Facebook that even though he didn’t get to meet Buzz at first, he was willing to try because of his story and how sure Buzz was about getting a tattoo.
When the time came for Buzz’s appointment, the 23-year-old walked into the shop with what Masga described as “the biggest smile.”
“…that’s when I told myself that this tattoo is getting done NO MATTER WHAT adjustments I have to make,” Masga wrote on Facebook. “Whether it took me 5 hrs or 5 sessions, I was willing to do it.”
Buzz sat completely still throughout the session.
Green wrote that in order to make sure Buzz was comfortable, Masga used water to get Buzz familiar with the process. Once he was comfortable Masga proceeded.
The whole process took about two hours, but once Masga was finished, Buzz had a brand new tattoo that he couldn’t wait to show off.
It was a success!
“Buzz is on cloud 9 and calling everyone and sending them all his tattoo picture,” Green shared.
Hundreds have commented on the original post and the one shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, praising Masga for not questioning Buzz’s decision and his willingness to change his process in any way that might have been necessary. Others shared similar stories.
“I’m autistic and I have 3 tattoos. I also used to go to punk rock shows. Our interests are as varied, and often identical, to those of allistics, but for some reason people feel like we shouldn’t be allowed the right to express (or often even to be allowed to have) our interests,” Michelle Courchaine wrote. “Thanks for upholding our rights.”