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since im already on a rant. can someone tell me when tattooers started using stage names like a go-go hoe? i gotta be honest, if you ever walked into my shop and introduced yourself as maggy murder or tatdaddy or some bs like that i would slap you and probably throw any pictures you had right in the toilet.but like i said, im not new skool cool

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It's not as uncommon as you'd think- going back through the years there were a few tattooers with 'Professional Names'- guys like Spider Webb, Rusty Needles, Mr. Tramp. Specially the bikers, but not limited to.

Obviously it wasn't the rule but the exception.

Not to mention Phil Sparrow (Who was Samuel Steward) and Cliff Raven (Cliff Ingram)

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...and Norman Keith "Sailor Jerry" Collins. Originally it was a way to separate yourself from your family name because of tattooing's shady or carny connotations. Not these idiots though. They sure as hell aren't doing it to spare their families or give a nod to their tattoo roots. They sound like bad pornstar names.

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alot of those were real nicknames though, names that others gave them or that their given names were morphed into. im talking about these idiots that name themselves shit they think is 'catchy' and try to market it.

Do you mean like B-Tat, or Al Fliction (aka All Fiction)?

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I know a dude that goes by Billy Beans. Most people don't even know his real name though. I believe it was a nickname that was given to him, and I believe he's been known by it since he was in high school.

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Well for one I think it is a way better show than the other bullshit drama crap out there. NY ink is the fucking worst and I wish Tim Hendricks wasn't apart of that. For one; it has decent critiques even if that douche bag Dave Navaro is one of the judges, but I guess he can do that being the producer. Oliver in my opinion makes the show worth watching. I liked that had Jack Rudy as a judge on there too. They should be putting well know respected tattooers as guest judges every week instead of tattooed celebrities. Time limits are a good indicator of what one can produce given that time. I agree most tattoos done properly take as long as they take. I think tattooing anyone over 5hrs at once is stupid anyways, it's hard on the body and the artist. I'll be watching season 2 and hoping it gets better!

It is going to help teach the public about what to look for in good tattooing in the end.

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So last night after "Mad Men", they previewed some new competition show about ad agencies. Seriously- AD AGENCIES? You know why people watch "Mad Men"? Because they have beautiful ACTORS playing interesting characters- I venture to say people don't watch because they give a fuck about advertising. And there in lies the rub- we have culture that is more focused on being a "personality" than true talent and creativity with a subject. Can't we go back to focusing on a person's creative output vs. their shitty attempt at a 'star' persona?

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So last night after "Mad Men", they previewed some new competition show about ad agencies. Seriously- AD AGENCIES? You know why people watch "Mad Men"? Because they have beautiful ACTORS playing interesting characters- I venture to say people don't watch because they give a fuck about advertising. And there in lies the rub- we have culture that is more focused on being a "personality" than true talent and creativity with a subject. Can't we go back to focusing on a person's creative output vs. their shitty attempt at a 'star' persona?

I'll be watching that, but only because I'm a copywriter at an agency.

Correction: I am a beautiful copywriter.

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And there in lies the rub- we have culture that is more focused on being a "personality" than true talent and creativity with a subject. Can't we go back to focusing on a person's creative output vs. their shitty attempt at a 'star' persona?

And being a loud-mouth abrasive ass-hole just about guarantees success. Look at that skanky bitch snookie and her butt-head cohort 'the situation.' When did being a doosh bag become something we strive for and admire?

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