Tattoo Shops Said “No” To Man With Autism, Until One Artist Believed In Him


A lot of kids grow up dreaming of the day they can finally get a real tattoo. Sandi Green of Washington told Fox-affiliate KTVU that her son, who goes by the name “Buzz,” had wanted one since he was a child after falling in love with temporary ones. When Buzz – who was diagnosed with autism – turned 23, Green finally gave him her blessing.

Unfortunately, finding a tattoo artist who was willing to give Buzz his first tattoo was harder than expected. Multiple shops were either quoting incredibly high prices or they were flat-out uncomfortable with the situation. As disappointing as it was, Green told KTVU that she doesn’t blame the shops for being unsure about how someone would autism would react to the tattooing process.

Thankfully, there was one artist who was willing to make Buzz’s tattoo dreams come true. Pat Masga of Northwest Inkorporated told KTVU that if Buzz was so sure he wanted the tattoo, then there was no harm in trying. “When Buzz arrived he had a huge smile… I told myself that this tattoo is getting done – no matter what adjustments I have to make. Whether it took me five hours or five sessions, I was willing to do it. He sat like a champ, didn’t complain or quit, and we did it!”

Buzz’s first tattoo was of Tommy Pickles, the main baby character from Nickelodeon’s The Rugrats. He was thrilled to finally have his first tattoo and reportedly was already saving up money for his next one by his “new best friend” Pat. This tattoo artist has only proven how much joy you can give another human being once you see who they are beyond their different mindsets.