NavyDavy

Greetings and thanks for this opportunity!

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My name is David Hernandez, but since I’m in the U.S. Navy, people have started calling me Navy Davy. I’m currently stationed in San Diego, CA. I have been actively seeking a proper tattoo apprenticeship, with no luck. It’s okay though, through introducing myself to the local tattoo community and getting tattooed, I’ve been meeting great artists and have gotten nothing but great and encouraging comments on my portfolio. The only issue I’m having is that I can’t devote 100% of the time, due to my Navy schedule being in the way, which I can understand. Also, the problem is that with so many hacks and posers asking for apprenticeships, no one is being taken serious anymore. So when I ask for an apprenticeship after the posers asked, the artists are in the negative mindset and they don’t even take the time to look at my portfolio. It sucks man!

Luckily, the few tattoo artists who take the time to look at my portfolio are genuinely impressed, but because of my Navy job being so unsure if I’m moving or staying in the area, they are hesitant to commit. I get it: “Give you my knowledge, and then you bounce,” makes sense why I’m not being considered for an apprenticeship. However, those same artists are cool enough to let me hang out at their shops and share some knowledge with me. I’ve been pretty frequent at some shops paint nights and I’m making great friends in the industry, so I can’t complain. I’m even selling and trading some of my flash!

I love tattoos. I love the history. I love the closeness of the tattoo community. I love where it’s going and I’d like to think that down the line, I could be part of a lineage that goes back to the early days of tattooing.

I want to take this time and forum to thank some people that have accepted me as an artist and not just another hack.

I’d like to thank:

- Fip Buchanan of Avalon II, for being the first person to deny me, but actually looking at my portfolio, then recommending I go see Mike Martin, which I did.

- Mike Martin of Flesh Skin Graphix and all their crew (Susan, La Green Eyes, Crow and Drew Linden) for all the painting knowledge he’s shared with me and for the great conversations we’ve had. His apprentice Drew Linden, who introduced me to Arches Watercolor paper and a certain website (wink wink).

- Luke Wessman at Lucky’s Tattoo, although he’s a busy ass person, he continues to squeeze me in for some chair time and tattoos me for unbelievable prices and his work alone continues to inspire me to pursue a career in tattoo.

- Dan O’Brien of Nite Owl Tattoo and his crew (Andre Servin and Nikki), First person to invite me to paint nights at his shop.

- Nemo of Midway Tattoo, who believes in me and is willing to vouch for me, only after seeing my flash for 15 minutes. It’s still hard to believe he actually said that, but he did!

- Last Sparrow Tattoo for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing forum specifically for the community and industry. Best site ever!

So many to thank!!! but I didn’t want to make this long, which I did. So I’ll end it now. Thanks for reading,….if you read this far that is….

-David "NavyDavy" Hernandez

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NavyDave, thanks for the introduction as it portrays your drive and passion so mindfully and respectfully. It's also cool you are finding support in SD regardless of getting an actual apprenticeship but getting the opportunity to interact with some great tattooers in different platforms. Are you stationed downtown or up at Pendleton right now? Lastly we hope you continue to enjoy the site and contribute as we couldn't have any of this without all of you!

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Lochlan,

I'm currently stationed in the Point Loma/Pacific Beach area of San Diego, CA. Thanks for your comment too. Also, I have uploaded some of my artwork to the gallery here on Last Sparrow. If you get a chance, please check it out and comments/critiques are always welcome. Thanks. NavyDavy.

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welcome NavyDavy,

it was really nice to meet you through your introduction and it was so nice of you to include a list of people that have impacted your life! gratitude is contagious!!

i hope that everything works out for you and that you are able to get the apprenticship you are looking for!

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