This is really mean and I can't condone it , but I can kind of understand where this angry tattoo artist is coming from.
I suppose if I were in his shoes and some dippy girl came along wanting a tattoo that says "beautiful goddess" in Japanese, I might be tempted to do something similar. I guess I can say I feel his pain.
Obvious ink (and/or piercings) just really doesn't fly in Japan, unless you're hanging out with a very urban, artsy, clubby crowd. Like the girl looking for the "beautiful goddess" kanji tattoo would even care.