As I am working on improving my artistic skillset, I am interested in making some trades with anyone that wants to do so. Watercolor or whatever is cool with me. Let me know what you want and i'll get something going. It also helps give me a little subject matter direction to work on. When left to my own devices, I tend to only work on the shit I want to, and that isn't really how you progress...
In general, I love tattooing, but recently hate the politics and judgmental attitudes coming from within the community, I too have been guilty of this....
A recent death in this big family, "the Body Art FAMILY", has hit me hard. And I have kept this:
Shannon Larratt is Zentastic › I can scarcely move or draw my breath // Let me, let me freeze again to death
up for days, reading it over and over and I cry, and sometimes I laugh but more often I just get sad... I tear up right now thinking about it. Shannon Larratt was the THE person to lay the first cornerstone for all body art websites, and forums... And he has passed.
I knew him on a personal level when he was with Rachel his ex-wife, but maintained a relationship online up until his passing and always kept my eye on his work, as he was a groundbreaker, and one of the few forward thinkers this whole profession, or community had...
And on that blog, if you read it... You will see some abundance of undeniable truths... He points out a few about his own site community, (some of these truths also apply to this site), and I would like to share that with you all...
We need to be thankful for everyday we have, especially if you have children. We need to be nicer to one another, and we need a sincere movement toward being a unified presence instead of a bunch of cool guy tattoo/piercing cliques, picking each other apart.
Once upon a time we were all in it together, even though we were very much alone. I miss that. Hence another reason why we have been building our shop by ourselves and I havn't been posting much work online,also we have had little to no help from anyone, no partners, no loans... Our tattoos, paintings, and prints have funded our buildout. And our hands, backs, and egos have gotten back into check more now then ever. Blood, sweat and tears... But not in vain. Our tattoo shop is built upon tattoos, and the artwork that provoked them.
Each time I get a new tattoo I walk out of the shop feeling a little ragged, thinking, I love this, but I'll wait a few months before going back. By dawn the next day I'm thinking about heading right back down for more. My partner just shakes her head at me. "Addict" she says with a smile. How can something so painful be so compelling? I had a consultation at The Pearl a few weeks ago and we mapped out my right forearm. When we booked the date I was disappointed that I was going to have to wait until late March. While I would have liked to start immediately, its good news for Tim that he is so busy. I realize my perspective is a little selfish, so I want to acknowledge that I am actually very happy to be in such capable and talented hands and the wait is really not a big deal.
I am interested in how much attention my brain pays to the upcoming sessions. I think about it throughout the day, mulling over new ideas, looking for inspiration, posting in forums, and reading on and offline. I do manage to get my own work done, I don't neglect my partner (she is hugely supportive - I'm an incredible fortunate guy), so I'm not suggesting that I am so obsessed that things get missed in other aspects of my life. The feeling I get thinking about an upcoming tattoo is similar to the feelings I had as a child in the week before Christmas. Sometimes its an almost giddy excitement about what lies ahead. I like the entire experience. From walking into the shop and being hit by the smell of disinfectant, to signing the waver, to hearing the buzz of the machine, the entire experience is electric. And at the end I'll have a new tattoo to love.
Its been a while since I joined a forum and took an active part in discussions. My previous forays in to the world of forums typically revolved around video gaming. For many years I was a very active poster on a clan website based around the seminal FPS UT'99. I made tons of friends there and met many of them during my trips to the UK and the USA. Eventually, though, new games came along and the community dried up. I have remained in contact with many of the friends I made there though we talk very little about gaming anymore. The World of Warcraft drained many of the remaining UT players, myself included, and so my participation in the forum dwindled, mirroring the decline in the game's numbers. I tried to get involved in the WoW forums, but I quickly discovered they were a rather nasty place, where people were more concerned about trashing each other than developing a community. And that's fine too. It just wasn't my bag. I'd rather focus on the more positive aspects of the game (or whatever the topic might be.)
After lurking for a little while at LST, I felt that I had discovered an interesting online community that seemed determined to be positive place to post, discuss, learn, and generally talk about tattooing. Since joining the forum (ok, it was only yesterday) my initial impressions are being confirmed. So I jumped right in. Its the way I do things. Whole hog. I also hope that over the coming weeks and months I will have a few things to contribute to this community. My thoughts and interjections will likely not be to everyone's taste. But that's life. I'm probably going to say some stupid things from time to time, and I fully expect to be called out for those missteps. But my errors will likely come from ignorance and I hope it will be understood that I am here to learn as much as I am here to offer my opinions.
I am going to post my new tattoos as they happen. I've enjoyed seeing how people here have been tattooed. I find it fascinating to hear why people choose the art that they do. I am interested in hearing about the experiences people have had both as the tattooer and the tattooed. I suspect there are as many reasons for getting tattooed as there are tattoos. I am constantly interested in my own evolving views on the art (how's that for some navel gazing?) I also love that there is so much attention to history here. The links to the various documentaries, books, etc are invaluable.
I'll use this space to post my thoughts that do not fit neatly into forum threads.
This is a long weekend in Ontario and thus I have had a lot of extra time to surf and post on LST. I'll leave it here for now.
Thanks for reading!
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I have been turning over some ideas in my head about possibly starting a blog(not on LST) about my experiences with tattooing in general.
For any of you that have blogs already...how has your experience been? I have never participated heavily in social media or a blog. I don't know how they work and what I would specifically talk about. What makes a blog that people read and enjoy?
ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA TATTOOERS.
my friend danny dringenberges car was broken into tonight next door to black heart tattoo and all of his shit was stolen. anyone brings any tattoo related stuff including tattoo machines please call the shop.415-431-2100 there will be a reward for sure. please help if you can. thanks
NOT MY GIFT TO YOU
We are constantly being asked by people , how either they or their family members can “get in to tattooing?” How they can obtain a license, open a shop, get a job and so on and so on and so on.
In recent years I’ve had more and more people indignantly explain, that even though they or their relatives really want to become tattooists, nobody will teach them! This is often at our initial introduction.
One person claimed in a recent letter emailed to our shop, that she had already been tattooing for the past twenty months, alone, in another state. She introduced herself, and then said that she had already moved to Alaska ( where I currently reside and own a tattoo shop, where I work with my family.) She said that she intended to get a tattoo license and she would be opening a tattoo shop , albeit in another city, and that she had heard that we were helpful, friendly and knowledgable. She went on to say that she had gotten quite familiar with our state’s requirements for obtaining a license.
Our state law requires an apprenticeship for a required period of time, under an already licensed tattoo artist, at a licensed tattoo shop! Thank you Larry Allen ( and I mean that in all seriousness) for working with Alaska state legislature so that there are some laws in place, governing tattoo licensing in Alaska.
She said that because of our state’s requirements, she would have to start at the bottom again. She asked for information regarding the apprenticeship program?? and whether we offered it in our shop and was there a fee? She went on to ask if she could complete the required hours ( roughly 400 ) without a further time commitment.
She finished her letter with an About Me: paragraph- highlighting her other artistic interests and abilities and told me that I could look on facebook to see her work.
So, you may be thinking, what’s the problem with this? She was cordial and forthright . That if I am the things she claimed I was, helpful, friendly and knowledgable, why didn’t I just invite her to our shop, get her a glass of lemonade, and sit down with her and fill out the paperwork to get her, her tattoo license.
I did in fact politely reply, that because the state law requires the commitment be under our direction, and that we are a small family owned business, we would not be taking on any tattooists or apprentices.
Many ,if not most, non tattooers are curious as to why i’d be reluctant or refuse to help someone in a situation like this. When asked why by one of my children, I answered that this isn’t a request for humanitarian aid. That if a stranger fell in the street I would certainly stop to offer my help, but if a stranger asked me to drive them to Florida, I would refuse! They laughed, saying how silly it would be for a stranger to make such a request. In my opinion though, a stranger asking me to help them get in to tattooing is the equivalent of a stranger asking me to drive them and their family to their vacation destination, as ridiculous or ludicrous as a stranger asking for the keys to my house or for access to my bank account! How could one not see the comparison?
And while I do think everybody is entitled to make a living. It’s not my obligation to see that they do so.
I”ve spent over thirty years making a living tattooing. My husband is a tattooer. My oldest son is a tattooer and my youngest son is just beginning to tattoo. It is my hope that all my children will learn to tattoo as well, and love making a living doing so. It is my gift to them. It is not something i’m just going to give away, especially not to a stranger.
I love tattooing. I love everything about it, and thankful for the life and opportunities it has given my family.
I was born into this world and can't imagine one that is better. The characters and experiences that have surrounded me since birth have shaped and formed me into the person I am. Good and bad, sacred and obscene, they have given me, in my opinion, a better world view than most.
My only regret is that I did not earlier realize the gift I was given at birth.
Thank you Tattooing, I love you!
just had to put this out there. need to help create some buzz out there for the new shop Booneville Tattoo & Company. Check us out at boonevilletattoo.com, or /boone.ville.18 on fb. Add us as a friend, like us, share with your friends, and help us get noticed. Thanks in advance to all those that help us out, feel free to let me know if you would like us to do the same for you.
So we had a walk in tonite. If that gives you any indication of how slow it can be here. I actually notice, and mention the fact that someone walked into the shop. The upside of that, he seemed cool and should come back to get some work. I say should because i have been burned in the past too many times to count. But its better than no one coming in, a slim chance of getting to tattoo is better than no chance at all. I only have a little time left here tonite. The boredom of sitting here alone has helped in my creativity and production. I have the time to daydream all the twisted little images i like to draw combined with the time to actually draw them. Find the positive, right? I truly believe the short time I've been up here has helped me with my art, now just to find people to put it on. Think next time i come across a little extra money I'm buying some paint and canvas, or heavy board. Put my boredom to good use, produce something i can sell for next to nothing...what do you think? Oh yeah...I'm open to using this blog for just about anything, so if you have a question or comment feel free to hit me up with it. Maybe I'll make the next one about whats the best way to make a spit wad...
I've been reading through the different forums on this page and have to say i like what i see. There are a lot of pages out there to choose from, and it took me a long time to find this one. Glad i found it. so anyways, thought id start a blog on here, just to throw some stuff out there about myself, maybe somebody will check it out someday. My name's nate, but i get called a lot of other things, like the biggest ninja you know. For a guy standing 6'5", weighing in at 315, i guess im surprisingly sneaky. i suppose most people dont think a guy my size can move quietly, but im constantly surprising people. I am pretty random with my thought process, so dont be shocked with the sudden topic change, im a little a.d.d. with the way my mind works, hard to stay on one topic long. I sit at the shop for hours on end with no one to talk to for the most part, so i think i will start throwing out my random subjects out for the rest of the world...least im gonna try for awhile. hopefully someone will decide to chat back so i dont have to feel like im arguing with the voices in my head. random thought, id like to do a marvel piece, maybe a sleeve or a chest plate. anyone up to do that?
I wanted to take a moment to thank Scott for his portion of the interview. There is more to interviewing than most people realize, until they are on the back side of the camera directing the flow of conversation. Scott makes it easy, and the hour and change we spent talking flew by.
Thanks to everyone for the positive response. We are taking our industry into our own hands, and looking to our peers for our true gauge of how we perform.
I will do my best to keep my progress posted here, but I have to admit that I am terrible at tending to my online presence. Thanks again
I've let my blog sit idle for about the last year focusing mainly on Instagram since it's so easy to use. However, I've had some feedback from who don't have Instagram or enjoy looking at pictures the size of a toy camera. So I resurrected the blog. Made a lot of updates with a shit tone of photos from pretty much the last year.
I'm going to be updating the blog far more regularly, and with additional content that doesn't make ti to Instagram, and with a better account of my travel dates.
Take a look-see if you have the time, and leave a comment if you are so moved.
Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoy.
A very concrete note: Some supplements can, like prescription blood thinners, affect bleeding and clotting. High doses of Vitamin E may cause people to bleed more freely. Also, some, like St. John’s Wort, affect sun sensitivity. I suspect that whatever changes happen in the skin from SJW could also affect tattoo healing.
Blow-outs happen and there is nothing you can do to fix them. Tattoos take 4 - 6 weeks to fully heal; you'll know what it's going to look like then. No tattoo is perfect. Enjoy the big picture, don't sweat the details.