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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    ...and lifestyle...how I live is my business, how I work is yours, mine and my boss's. So lifestyle only matters when it intersects with work habits. It can be a deciding factor though. If you can have a good conversation about a shared interest it can make for a nice experience but only if you're deciding between equal tattooers. I can't see getting a weak tattoo for good banter.

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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by cookietruck View Post
    i know lots of people care mostly about having tattoos from guys who are hot shit at the time, or just care to be at the hot shit shop

    i don't really care about that, i prefer to have an enjoyable experience, hear some good stories and have some laughs...i'm lucky that i know of a place that i can do that and still get a great tattoo.
    i'm also lucky that all the dudes i've been tattoo'd by have been pretty ok guys.
    Yea but the flip side to that is its also annoying when people think that because I go to someone specificly that your only going for the name. If I see a tattooer I like work from I get tattooed by that person...I dont think thats crazy you know? Ill get shit from people who are like "you only get tattooed by big shots" etc etc and I just like to add some adventure/travel and fun to my tattoos. Plus Im older now and have a decent job so if I want a tattoo from someone whose work I like I get it.
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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by eisen777 View Post
    ... Ill get shit from people who are like "you only get tattooed by big shots" etc etc and I just like to add some adventure/travel and fun to my tattoos. Plus Im older now and have a decent job so if I want a tattoo from someone whose work I like I get it.
    Sellout!
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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Tijerina View Post
    Sellout!
    I didnt sell out, I bought in!!!!!!!!!!

    haha actually my wife finally got a decent job since she finally got out of the poor life choice known as grad school.
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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    I would like to add to my previous statement.

    "Lifestyle" only comes into play if the person is a big abuser. Not that I have ran across a junkie tattooer yet (I've heard stories), but junkies have a quick burn rate and nobody wants an unfinished tattoo.
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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoryQ View Post
    I think Abelive's last post summed it up for me: Basically I don't expect to be sitting down and discovering a friend for life when I get tattooed, or be treated to some kind of therapy or show-and-tell as well as getting the tattoo ... But I expect to be met halfway in terms of civility and customer-service. I don't mind someone being gruff or not particularly wanting to talk, but if someone is actively being a dick then for me personally it doesn't matter how good a tattooer they are, I would probably prefer to go to another competent tattooer (and luckily there are a lot out there and I can swing traveling etc. if necessary) rather than give my money to someone who treats me badly.

    As for people's personal private lives (their beliefs, addictions or lack thereof, whatever), I don't think I would consider it relevant unless it impacted on their delivery of the tattoo and the way they treated me as a customer.
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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoMcConaghie View Post
    this thread will only work if people start naming names. I would only get tattooed by people I like personally. Im almost full up so those remaining patches of skin are very important to me.
    I saw on Grant Cobb's Instagram that you may come by Liberty on the 13th and get tattooed by him. My wife and I will be there that day getting tattooed by Matt. I wanted to get tattooed by Grant but we have had these appointments scheduled for too long to cancel. I met Grant a couple of months ago at Spotlight, and he definitely falls into the category of people I like and would like to get tattooed by.
     

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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    there is a guy i work with he does some decent tattoo's and he keeps hinting at tattooing me and when do i want to get a tattoo from him its the least he can do for me as i treat him well and setup/breakdown his station. but i kinda dont want a tattoo from him, hes kind of a douche bag. but i dont want to ruffle any feathers so i kinda humor him, i need to find a way out of it. he has a huge ego has been tattoing for 2 or 3 years and acts like hes been in it for 20 has like 3 tattoos from others guys in the shop, not that that matters im just ranting, done.

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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Attitude is everything for me. I am privileged enough to live in a city with a lot of good tattooers. I stop into their shops to say hi when I am in the neighborhood and they do they same when they are in mine. I don't get tattooed by someone in Portland unless I have at least had a couple conversations with them or hung out with them outside a tattoo shop. There are plenty of people I like in this city I haven't been tattooed by, although there are some people who turn into assholes the more you get to know them or in one case when they get a little bit of popularity so my approach isn't full proof.

    I really don't care that much about drinking or recreational drug use. I wouldn't feel the same way if it was a normal customer capacity, but there has been more than one occasion that some great tattoo ideas have been spawned over some tall boys at the bar down the street after hours. Ideas so good that couldn't wait till morning. Now if a tattooer couldn't handle his liquor that might deter me from going to them (just kidding).

    Traveling I try to do my research and find people's stuff I like or friends of people I already get tattooed by. I didn't plan on getting tattooed in Chicago last week, but saw the cool tattoos my friend has been getting and decided to tag along and got a little souvenir. But I have had good luck with everyone I have been tattooed by while traveling.

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    Re: Does personality/attitude/lifestyle matter when choosing a tattooer?

    Absolutely it matters to me, I won't pay to be in the presence of a wanker.

    It also bothers me that so many people don't have a problem with Den Yakovlev who is a good artist but a Nazi POS.

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