Monty Richthofen, who is also known by the name of Maison Hefner, is a 23-year-old tattoo artist from London, UK, who got fed up with a traditional tattooing process which is always the same and came up with a unique idea to spice things up. Last year, he started a project called “My words, your body” where a person who comes for a tattoo has to trust the artist blindly – since only he knows what the final result is going to look like.


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Hefner doesn’t really do this spontaneously. He always starts a conversation with his client that can last from 30 minutes to almost two hours, and ask the same four questions: Why do you want to do this? What does trust mean to you? Why do you trust me? And: What are you going to do if you don't like the tattoo? After this, Hefner usually already knows which direction to go to represent that moment in their lives.

“I have five notebooks filled with around 5,000 different phrases,” told Hefner to Vice. “Sometimes, I have to flick through the designs for quite a while, until something suddenly clicks in my mind. But other times, I don't even have to look through the notebook at all because I already have the right words in my head. They can then decide which part of their body they want tattooed.”

The artist also makes sure that people understand what they’re doing – he would never create a tattoo for a drunk person, and he even doesn’t really allow the use of smartphones to keep the client concentrated during the process. Would you trust this artist with your body?

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Last Hurrah 2 months ago

... to be continued.

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Cora Fields 2 months ago

Sometimes that's all that you can do

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Honesty Olishia 2 months ago

The crooked line makes it so much cooler, honestly it's a really unique style that's not for everyone but it fits.

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Nanni 17 2 months ago

No way Jose

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Lisa Catacosinos 2 months ago

Big bummer...should be GOTTEN.

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Nini Meow 2 months ago

Nice lines 😍

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Nini Meow 2 months ago

Present scenario...

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Nini Meow 2 months ago

Deep and dark

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riley.girl 2 months ago

Me too!!! This is so unique, funny, and cool!

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Lisa Florina 2 months ago

A sexchange? Brave :)

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Huh wha? 2 months ago

Punctuation.

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TC 2 months ago

That's false

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Last Hurrah 2 months ago

Well said, I mean written.

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Jackie C. 2 months ago

Sasquatch got a tattoo

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Magpie 2 months ago

Wow, check the veins.!... a phlebotomist's dream.

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weatherwitch 2 weeks ago

I find this tattoo a wee bit awkward given it's obvious location! 😮😃

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weatherwitch 2 weeks ago

I think this would have been improved if 'imperfect' had been done slightly out of alignment 😊

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BusLady 2 months ago

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But, for you, it's upside down.

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BusLady 2 months ago

In a world of fear, (you should) fear? One of my tats says "Fear Not" (a Bible quote)

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Honesty Olishia 2 months ago

I'm personally not a fan of palm tattoos, just because it won't look as good after a while as it would a little further down on the arm.

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Luisa Vasconcelos 2 months ago

Him-Tell me what can I do to have you back. I do anything. - she shows him her tattoo.

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Honesty Olishia 2 months ago

At least she can cover it with her hair if she grows it out. She looks cool though. I'm just not a fan of the tattoo.

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C 2 months ago

This was a bad idea. A bad decision.

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BusLady 2 months ago

....that are most important.

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BusLady 2 months ago

Indecisive

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BusLady 2 months ago

Love affairs gone sour.

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