The Appeal of “Get What You Get” Tattoos

You’ve finally made your decision to get a tattoo, and now you’re stuck figuring out what you want it to be. It is, after all, likely to be on your skin for the rest of your life. So, what should you do if you can’t make a decision? You can leave it entirely up to fate, which is the thinking behind “Get What You Get” tattoos, a new trend in the tattoo world that leaves the art one gets inked into their skin entirely up to chance. This method generally involves putting a token into an old vending machine and using whatever random sketch comes out of it as your newest piece of body art. If you don’t like the design you’ve randomly chosen, most shops will let you take a do-over for an extra fee. While fate may be responsible for selecting your design, it’s the tattoo shop itself that decides what images get put into the vending machine in the first place. Most of the designs are small-to-medium sized and available either in black-and-white or multi-colored. Placement of the tattoos tends to be limited to the arms and legs, with some shops refusing to ink them on specific spots, like the neck or hands. Compared to regular designs, Get What You Get tattoos are notorious for being lower cost and wallet-friendly. Most shops charge around $100 to select a design, and they tack on an extra $10-$20 if you don’t like what you’ve picked and want to select again.