The 1st day I limped for a few minutes every time I was sedentary or had my leg elevated for awhile. Just a blood rush related thing.
Saniderm is a wonderful thing, especially to basically eliminate the chaffing and/or contamination possibilities.
Hey everyone, My name is Jake, I'm an apprentice (since March 2016), out of Red Deer, Alberta. My main focus right now is traditional, while I would love to be competent in all styles of tattooing I would really like to branch out into Neo-Trad and big Japanese pieces.
I've only been lurking around the forum for a few hours now, so I hope I'm not out of place by sharing my flash on this post. Always looking for critiques so please feel free to do so! I'd also like to mention that I'm now taking on painting commisions. Right now I am charging flat rate per size, regardless of time or detail, please message for inquiries! You can also find me on Instagram at jake.loucks.
***EDIT: sorry for the black border on the photo, their duplicates from my Iphone***
Thread closed - this falls under this rule:
Do not start threads asking about specific tattooing equipment or techniques, LST is not here to teach anyone how to tattoo. Ask your own tattooer, the next time you are getting tattooed. Maybe they'll answer you, maybe they won't.
My failed apprenticeship
I apprenticed at a shop that was an original in my state. The guy who owned it opened in 1991 and in 09 singed the shop over to another guy an has half ownership. Ill start like this ive been a scratcher since high school I never took on big tattoos nor got my equipment from ebay an never made money.
My mom is a nurse so cross contamination is common sense and bbp and also layers of skin. After 3 years of tattooing in my house I decided I should get an apprenticeship so I can make money and also be respected. My cousins boyfriend is a tattoo artist who has been tattooing for 15 years professionally very well known in my state, he as well taught me some things and recommended to get an apprenticeship.
Ok so minus the 8 months of looking for an apprenticeship I find one and as I did mention I got my apprenticeship at a cool shop (cool as in a what I thought would be a knowledgable old school place). It was what I expected clean and keep quiet and in my down time draw.
This goes on for months and I finally learn cleaning tubes breaking down and setting up. In this point in time me and the old owner are very good friends smoking cigarettes all the time, drawing, and busting the big bosses balls. I like to think my apprenticeship was old school pay nothing an work like an animal an take shit from everyone I signed up for this I can't complain about how I was treated.
So moving on to my point we had a Christmas party 2 or 3 weeks ago (2013). And my boss (the guy who owned the place in 09) tells me "fuck you I hope you hit a tree and die", all because I didnt give someone a ride home due to no gas because I work for free every day.
Now I said hey there's a line you don't cross I can handle the your a retard, you suck, you'll never be anything, you will never tattoo bullshit apprentices hear but wishing death upon someone is morally wrong also I pretty much was held down to get a tattoo I did not want.
These are my 2 reasons I quit. I'm still tattooing and yes my work has improved over 8 months of apprenticing. I need advice I want to be working in a shop but with no license for tattooing I have to be an apprentice all over again and I wouldnt mind but im not paying to be treated like shit and used when half of the people who work in a shop (locally) started in a kitchen, like my boss.
I have all my own professional equipment and dont know how to approach a shop about a job I do have a portfolio of drawings and tattoos I have done and have a few good references of artists in my state. Any advice would be awesome.
- Rhode Island is where I am from in case you were wondering