The production team behind the popular E4 show Tattoo Fixers have dismissed accusations that the show is faked as ‘false.’
Television company Studio Lambert made the denials after a former body art fan who appeared on the show posted a rant about it on Facebook.
Daniel Head, 26, who appeared in episode one of the first series, branded the reality television show ‘brutal’ and accused the crew working on it of not caring about those who appear on it.
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He’s not happy: Daniel Head, 26, had his tattoo fixed on hit E4 show Tattoo Fixers but says the crew didn’t care when he fell ill and that the studio conditions were freezing
‘They’re in make up for hours’: Head said that the stars of the show – the tattoo fixers themselves – spent a lot of time preening, which kept guests waiting (Pictured from left: Jay Hutton, Lou Hopper and Sketch)
The show, which has made stars of the tattoo artists featured on it including Jay Hutton, Lou Hopper and Sketch, promises to transform extreme inking disasters and is now in its second series after proving a ratings winner last year.
But Daniel was not happy with how show bosses looked after him during his appearance. He also says that the artistry he received – to transform a portrait of Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber into a black panther – proved a big disappointment.
He took to Facebook to vent his spleen and has seen his tirade shared more than 11,000 times. The 14-paragraph public post on Facebook called the show ‘brutal’.
He said: ‘Most people think being on TV would be amazing and a brilliant opportunity. Sometimes it is. But reality TV shows are brutal.
‘The actual way they’re made bears no resemblance to what you see on TV. One of those I have to say is Tattoo Fixers.
Before and after: Danny has an inking of Jim Carrey covered on Tattoo Fixers
The Monday evening show on E4 is in its second series after the first became a huge hit last year
He continues: ‘I don’t regret much in my life but I do wish now I hadn’t fallen for the stuff the TV company (Studio Lambert) promised.’
He complained that his filming for his appearance in the hour-long show took place in a freezing cold former mechanics garage, where he says had to wait for hours until the tattoo artists actually arrived.
He reveals: ‘Firstly, it is not a tattoo studio. It’s filmed cleverly to make it look warm and homely but it’s actually an old mechanics garage and it’s absolutely F**** freezing in there.’ He wrote.
‘You arrive at the ‘studio’ at about 7:30am on the day of your tattoo. They sit you behind a curtain with the two other people who’re getting tattooed on that day.’
A JEDWARD TATTOO ON THE CALF AND A LIZARD PERFORMING A SEX ACT…WHY THE TATTOO FIXERS HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT
The E4 body art show – where the general public and even the odd famous face can get their more dismal tattoos removed or transformed into real works of art – has proved a surprise hit.
But that doesn’t mean that the show’s stars, including heavily inked Jay Hutton, Lou Hopper and Sketch, don’t have to scratch their heads to think of ways to cover some of the monstrosities they’re frequently faced with.
Among the howlers featured on the show so far are a tattoo of would-be pop stars Jedward.
And Jedward – who were once loud and proud on the calf of Harley, 22, are now covered in a dark koi carp
More prominent, less potato…Jedward disappeared in a fishy flash
Shame: Dave, a tattoo fan from Basildon, spent a week pondering an X-rated design by a friend which depicted a reptile performing a sex act on a woman. After two years of hearing his family moan about the design, he decided to change it…opting for a jungle scene (right) after appearing on E4’s Tattoo Fixers
Groom-to-be Harley, 22, who lives on the Isle of Wight, ended up with the faces of The X Factor twins from Ireland, as well as the word ‘potato’ on his calf, after he agreed to let a friend freestyle on him for a joke.
He lived to regret the rash decision and the fixers got to work transforming it into a striking image of a koi carp instead.
Elsewhere, the children of a man who decided to get an explicit tattoo of a lizard performing a sex act on a woman on his back were so embarrassed by his body art that they forced him to get it covered up.
Dave from Basildon, in Essex, got the the racy inking two years ago and says he had no idea that his family would take such a disliking to it.
The middle-aged tattoo fan got the highly graphic skin etching, which shows a green and black reptile performing a sex act on a scantily clad black-and-white image of a woman with flame-red hair – after a friend came up with the design.
So, how did the ink masters fix it? With a colourful roaring tiger…that even managed to keep the saucy lizard in place.
‘And you wait for about 6/7 hours while the tattoo artists get their makeup done. You already know what cover up tattoo you’re getting a few weeks before, it isn’t how they show it on TV where you decide on the day.’
He then add that he was ill during filming, claiming he was suffering from food poisoning but says he received absolutely no sympathy from producers.
‘I’d been up most of the night being sick but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity…I was running off to the toilet and throwing up while being tattooed from the food poisoning.
‘And being unable to keep any food down on the day, I wasn’t in a good way – everyone knows who’s ever been tattooed, food is your fuel.
‘The producers didn’t care about that though, their only concern is getting the tattoos finished and getting their end product for TV.’
Daniel, known as ‘Danny’ meets his tattoo artist, Jay Hutton, on the reality show Tattoo Fixers last year
Daniel applied to go onto the show to get his tattoos removed…but now says that he wished he hadn’t bothered
After giving up on the first shoot, he returned three weeks later but claims the show tried to fake it as one sitting: ‘The second session was a 5 hour sitting. They made me wear the same clothes I’d worn the first time I went down to make it look like it had all been done in one day.’
In a statement to Mail Online, Channel Four said: ‘We are surprised by Danny’s allegations. What he is claiming now is not what he said to us in emails after filming, when he expressed his enthusiasm to return and be filmed again.
‘We pride ourselves on taking care of everyone who appears on Tattoo Fixers and we follow stringent safety regulations.
The statement continued: ‘Danny did not tell us about his food poisoning during filming and to claim that we put pressure on him, or anyone else, to have a tattoo correction or to have it completed by a particular time is false.’