The tattoo artist responsible for inking up almost the entire side of Aaron Carter's face claims he tried to talk him out of it, but the singer insisted … and he actually wanted more.
Herchell Carrasco — known as RockRollG — tells TMZ … he booked a tat session with Carter at his home Friday for $3k, but nothing really went according to plan. Herchell says he thought he was going to be adding more art to Aaron's torso — there was no talk of a face tattoo — but once Carter got the idea for Medusa … everything snowballed.
Carrasco tells us Aaron knew he had experience doing face tattoos — including some on Tekashi 6ix9ine's forehead shortly before he was arrested — so Aaron got revved up for him to tat up his mug too … RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
Herchell says he and Aaron settled for the side of the face, and he even tried to talk him out of that … but he says Carter knew what he wanted and ultimately, it's up to the client what they want to do.
Carrasco adds, "Before I tattoo anyone, I take into consideration their mental state … in Aaron’s case, I assessed the situation and I genuinely felt he was in a good place mentally to get tattooed."
We're told they initially used Rihanna's 2013 Medusa-inspired cover photo for GQ magazine as a guide for a stencil drawing, but then Aaron wanted the pic as his actual tattoo … so Carrasco reluctantly obliged.
He tells us he did the large tattoo but Aaron wasn't satisfied — he also wanted "Love" inked under his eye … because he told Carrasco that's his brand right now.
After Herchell added a crescent moon tattoo on the other side of Aaron's face, he tells us he told Aaron he was done for the day. He says, "[Carter] wanted to keep going and I had to stop him. I couldn't cover his whole face in a tattoo. I just couldn't."
The good news — for Carrasco — he tells us Aaron ended up paying him $5k … so a whopping 2 grand more than they agreed upon.
Also, he knows what people are thinking, and says Carter was only smoking cigarettes and weed throughout the day … he didn't see him using any other drugs.
He says he was in a good state of mind the whole time, and as we reported … Aaron looks like he's having fun with his fresh face of art.