Living in a tourist town has had more disadvantages as an artist, and trying to be noticed. I have lived in the Panhandle of Florida for about 14 years, and having been tattooing for about 8. When you think of tourist towns , you think of terrible chop shops and insane tattoo prices. Well most of this is true, but not entirely. I work at Black Cat Tattoo, in PCB. we have always had a strong crew and put out clean original work. We have tourists who want flash, but we still pretty much draw everything we do. Our shop really pushes forward to try and break the stereotype that has been given to us by shops in bigger cities, even though in bigger cities there are more shops per block and more hacks than you can fit in our small town. I work with really great guys and its a shame to see everybody work so hard at painting and tattooing, only to be swept under the carpet by a false reputation. Myself and the guys I work with all travel and do guest spots, and try to establish respect from shops abroad. I myself am moving in search of new clientele, and some different scenery. I am trying to give my family a little something more, and for my son, a better name in which to follow. I will always love the shop I came from, and will always seek out good artists in those small tourist towns and pay respect were it is due.
I keep a blog of my travels, tattoos, and paintings. Please stop by and feel free to take a gander!