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‘Male Karen’ Complains About Tattoo Parlor Not Giving Him A Tattoo, The Owner Shuts Him Down By Telling People What Actually Happened
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‘Male Karen’ Complains About Tattoo Parlor Not Giving Him A Tattoo, The Owner Shuts Him Down By Telling People What Actually Happened Interview With Author

The internet’s a blessing and a curse because any mistakes that you make in life can find their way online where they can stay there. Forever. On the other hand, these mistakes can act as cautionary tales for others. On how not to behave. Ever!

A redditor shared a story on the ‘Eff You Karen’ subreddit about a “male Karen” (which is technically a ‘Kyle’ if you’re wondering) who tried to aggressively barge into a Scottish tattoo parlor only to later complain about being mistreated. The owner of the Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, David McKinlay, quickly put them in their place in the most epic way. Read on to see what happened. I think that you’ll agree that the customer was acting extremely rudely and got what was coming to them. And, I’ve got to say, I’m a big fan of how the Scottish handle issues like this. No mollycoddling. No nonsense. Just a shower of sarcasm. And some gritty Scottish swearing. And all is well with the world.

“The ‘gentleman’ in question hasn’t contacted us since my last reply. As we’re now closed for three weeks, until the 12th of December for lockdown, we don’t know if he‘ll show up on the 1st or not… I kinda hope he does,” David told Bored Panda. He pointed out that anyone who’s near Glasgow and wants to get a tattoo at his salon shouldn’t feel uncomfortable getting in touch. “I really only respond like this when people are repeatedly rude or obnoxious. We’re all sweethearts here, and love what we do, from the initial design process to actually doing the tattoo.”

More info: Instagram (Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio) | Instagram (artist Chrisse Campbell Macgregor) | Instagram (artist DIV)

The owner of the Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio had a run-in with a customer from everyone’s nightmares

Image credits: aa1608tattoo

Image credits: aa1608tattoo

Fortunately, the owner, David, knew exactly what to write back to put them in their place

Image credits: deckchair1992

David revealed that, fortunately, they don’t get too many clients like this one. The owner is also a fan of disproportionate escalation if he’s on the receiving end of abuse. “You obviously don’t want to upset the person that’s making permanent marks in your skin! If someone is rude (repeatedly), then I’ll give it back tenfold. I’m not here to be abused or treated like an idiot. All we want to do is give people cool tattoos, have a laugh, and make sure it’s a great experience for everyone.”

According to the owner, the Covid-19 pandemic had affected their business, like most other people’s. They were closed for a whopping 3 months over the summer. However, the studio’s pulling through with the support of the local community. “Fortunately, we have a lot of very loyal and very understanding clients who stuck with us, and since starting back in July, we’ve never been busier in the 16 years we’ve been here. In fact, we’re very lucky to have had another brilliant artist join us.”

Here’s how people reacted to what happened between the salon owner and the customer

Now, we know that some of you dear Readers feel bad about people like the redditor who shared the story using the name ‘Karen’ to talk about someone who is being extremely rude and wants to speak to your manager. Bored Panda previously spoke about the origins of the Karen meme and how it can sometimes be offensive with ‘Know Your Meme’s’ Senior Editor, Matt Schimkowitz.

Schimkowitz from ‘Know Your Meme’ said that Karen memes started out as a parody of someone demanding to speak to a manager but have been changing and growing. “So I think that users of the meme should be cognizant that what they’re meme-ing might not be their intent anymore. It’s very possible that the meme could grow even farther to exhibit misogynistic tendencies, which are somewhat already present,” he said.

“Meme-ing can be nihilistic artform and rewards really ugly behavior in some cases. Sometimes, what starts as a fairly inoffensive meme can grow into something really hateful, like Pepe the Frog. I could see that happening to Karen—though, I’m not really sold one way or the other on the debate,” Schimkowitz continued.

He added that we should always “meme with caution” and pointed out that the origins of the Karen meme are slightly unclear. However, his go-to theory is that the meme originated in Dane Cook’s 2005 comedy special bit “The Friend That Nobody Likes.”

What do you think about what happened between the customer and the tattoo parlor owner, dear Pandas? Would you have done the same if you were in David’s shoes? Share your thoughts in the comment section right below.

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MelFunction
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is it possible that the owner of a tattoo parlour can have a tattoo? *GASP*

Zenozenobee
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Btw, if one day I decide to get a tattoo, it would feel a bit weird to go for a tattoo artist with zero tattoo on them....

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Long story short: "‘Male Karen’ (AKA Chad) Complains About Tattoo Parlor Not Giving Him A Tattoo, The Owner Ridicules Him" and gets some extra free advertising for his Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did you say the Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow?

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Cori
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This guy is my new personal hero. Are are Scottish insults not ridiculously entertaining? 100% would have a beer with him.

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t think I’ve ever visited a tattoo parlor where the owner (or the artists too) were covered head to toe in tattoos. It’s their passion so of course they’ll have them. I really hate entitled twats

Karin Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So now even "male Karen" is becoming a thing?! That's it, signing off for the day and going to bed crying.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You thought only women could be entitled customers? There are two Brads for every Karen in my experience.

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Natalie KS
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"...so, off you f*ck!" That is my new catchphrase.

Diane Knight
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the comment of “You obviously don’t want to upset the person that’s making permanent marks in your skin!" That alone would stop me in my tracks. Be kind or go elsewhere.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

David McKinley's response was a joy to read: smart, humourous, insightful, at times philosophical, with just the right amount of bite. I salute you from this side of the Atlantic.

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how many people have spit in "Entitled wad"'s food? Bc if he talks to a guy who he wants to put permanent ink on him...Can't imagine he's much more respectful to hospitality workers.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This exchange renews my faith in human beings... to stand up for themselves when challenged by those who have an unfounded and unhinged sense of entitlement. More of us need to tell those nuisances to "Bite my banger" :D

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember the days when the tattoo fella would direct you to the nearest bar to hang until he was ready for you to get the random art you selected off the wall . There was no internet so rude customers would just get a boot in the ass .

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@Fred Burrows. My shop was next to a chicken place but waited more than once at bar with excited friend lol. I miss the days when tattoos shops were fun places bc the customers were chill.

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Beverly
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God, I love Scotland. And Glasgow in particular.

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Owner has great style. My work involved people that were almost always lying to me under oath to procure a valuable benefit and that's OK. I still treated them as well as they allowed me to. When they switched to, or started at, actually, their crappiest selves I always felt they had just taken away my ability to treat them nicely. Amazing how many are shocked to receive exactly what they gave. Shocked, I say. And I love it.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great response to the dolt. About Karen, which is pretty ugly, IMHO, the image accompanying it was usually Kate Gosselin. But Kate is a very popular name so someone morphed it into the less widely used, nowadays, Karen.

Aileen
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Good morning. I would like to make a complaint to your manger." Lol sounds like something Jesus would say to the inn (where he was born).

Aileen
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or horses/livestock would say it (to whoever’s in charge of refilling the manger with hay) when it’s empty

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blugeagua
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They shouldn't be called "male karens" when guys like that have existed as much as women have. They're just Kyles.

Beans
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think either term should be a thing. There's already a term for people like this: it's call an a$$hole.

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Brett Layton
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great approach here folks, you ALWAYS want to piss off the guy or gal about to give you a permanent marking on your body for life. Always! They will respect you more and give their best effort.....at hiding a penis in your tattoo somewhere.

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here’s tae us, Wha’s like us, Damn few, and there a’deid! For all us Scots, have a great St Andrew’s Day tomorrow as best you can with the Covid restrictions.

Enalpria
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a simple example of "Treat people the way you want to be treated"

kkathleen517
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He said "off you f*ck"! I love it. I'm stealing that.

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please stop with continuing to abuse someone's name. Stop bullying. Stop using Karen and Kyle as an insult/ swear word.

Beans
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seriously. The fact they use the same term for a man now is just proof its ridiculously sexist. Its no different from calling someone a 'shaniquah' or something. It's a stupid stereotype and shouldn't be used when the actual word people mean is 'a**hole'

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YHZ
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"So off you f*ck" is my new slogan.

Darkvue gau
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of the best tattoos are from artist that no one has ever heard of. You have to do your homework before getting your new tattoo just like anything else. I can see 1000s of gorgeous tattooed women on Beautifully Inked and Suicide Girls and see some good and bad tattoos. Just need to be careful and take your time when choosing a tattoo artist 10592716_1...fce82c.jpg 10592716_1611315449097032_847714933381801592_n-60375e1fce82c.jpg

Darkvue gau
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of the best tattoos are from artist that no one has ever heard of. You have to do your homework before getting your new tattoo just like anything else. I can see 1000s of gorgeous tattooed women on Beautifully Inked and Suicide Girls and see some good and bad tattoos. Just need to be careful and take your time when choosing a tattoo artist http://www.beautifullyinked.us/

Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Customers always think a Manager is a male ,or they try to tell you how to do your job. Repeat every word you say so you look around thinking is theirs I a parrot around

White Wolf
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just for the record, the owner of this tattoo parlour is an art thief. Check out their reviews on Google.

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, first of all, on behalf of all the Karens that come on Bored Panda:can we please stop using that phrase? Secondly, this guy is a jerk and I am glad that the tattoo artist/owner stood up to him. What moron doesn't expect a tattoo artist to not have tattoos. I would be more wary of their shop if they didn't. That's like not expecting a restaurant owner to not eat.

luke aiston
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does somebody need some aloe Vera cuz they just got BURNED 🔥🔥🔥

Fresh outta F...s to give
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How I wish I was allowed to speak, officially, on behalf of the company I work for, like this. The balance of my life would be so much better.

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@bored panda: please replace "Karen" and "Kyle" with "entiteld asshole" in this post and every future post. Stop abusing people's name. Imagine it is YOUR name being used that way.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish more businesses felt empowered to treat shitty customers the way they deserve to be treated!

Sasy
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Male Karen should be KarYn obviously.

Diana Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i loved it and i would go there if i could.

Chris
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What an AMAZING response LOL

Kim
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wanna go to this tattoo parlour now. 🤣 The owner is rude but in the very best way and male Karen totally asked for it. Freaking amazing. Love people who’s just like “f**k off” instead of tripping around the problem trying to be nice at every cost while people spit on them.

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just might have to go to Glasgow (from the USA) to Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio for my very first tattoo!

Bunny Wood
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So I have had my fair share of running stores as a manager etc and it totally kills me how many members of the public genuinely cannot grasp the idea that I am not obliged (legally or otherwise) to do business with them. That I can just shrug, give a rueful smile, and send them on their way...

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love everything about this owner. I want to travel all the way to Glasgow just to have him tattoo me. (Don't tell my regular tattooist.)

Ian Bodey
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a TWAT I. wouldve taken his Mug Shot and Posted it on the net so that every Tattoo parlour in the land could tell him to F**K OFF.....🤣😂🤪😅🤡🤡🤡

David K
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This tatoo artist...he´s A MAN!!!

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

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Seems fake by a storeowner looking for free advertising from gullible rubes who think this interaction was real

Beans
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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I mean this guy was a grade A to$$er who deserved to be put in his place, but can we stop using peoples first names as insults. You mean 'ahole' so just say ahole. You wouldn't call someone a "real Rajesh" or something so... like, seriously? And the Carole Baskin stuff... you lost me. If you're accusing someone of murder based on a Netflix entertainmentary then you gotta rethink where you get your info. I'm a true crime researcher and maybe Carole did it and maybe she didn't, but the 'docutainment' series paints her as the only suspect when her husband had known ties to drug cartels etc that were not explored at all. It was super biased and sensationalist and painted Exotic super sympathetic when he is seriously unhinged, probably more so than Carole.

Among Us
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Have you heard of the slang "Karen"? You meant asshole so just say "Asshole". Nobody is stopping you...

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Drew
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1 year ago (edited)

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Sorry but does anyone seriously believe that this absurd exchange actually happened? This is clearly yet another enterprising business feeding off of people's need for outrage in order to gain some free publicity.

Clever Dog
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I deal with the public everyday and I am very sure this happened. The public are self entitled pricks

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John Louis
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1 year ago

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Does Boredpanda really need to put up posts about rude people? Not to mention that there are two sides to every story; I would like to hear the other man's version of this encounter.

Clever Dog
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

simple he tried to get in after it was shut, was rude to the owner and demanded a tattoo during lockdown. What`s is there to know? - the guys a wee baw bag!

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MelFunction
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is it possible that the owner of a tattoo parlour can have a tattoo? *GASP*

Zenozenobee
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Btw, if one day I decide to get a tattoo, it would feel a bit weird to go for a tattoo artist with zero tattoo on them....

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Long story short: "‘Male Karen’ (AKA Chad) Complains About Tattoo Parlor Not Giving Him A Tattoo, The Owner Ridicules Him" and gets some extra free advertising for his Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did you say the Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow?

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