briankelly

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    briankelly got a reaction from bongsau in The end of an apprentice - sacking your mentor.   
    i don't know if she did the right thing, all i know is that there is no crying in tattooing.
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    briankelly got a reaction from mikevaladez in The end of an apprentice - sacking your mentor.   
    i don't know if she did the right thing, all i know is that there is no crying in tattooing.
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    briankelly got a reaction from rleger in The end of an apprentice - sacking your mentor.   
    i guess i agree with the other tattooer you talked to. your wife is going to have to toughen up if she wants to tattoo. if you cry after fucking something up, you probably need to find a new profession. when i finish a tattoo, all i see are the mistakes i made. i don't cry about it, i try to do better the next time. the very nature of tattoo is that there are going to be flaws. what happens when you're trying to pull a nice clean long line on somebody's ribs who's squirming around and making it impossible. just do the best you can. oh, and i've only been tattooing for about 8 years, but i've never seen an apprenticeship go how it ideally should.
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    briankelly got a reaction from pixxillatted in Shark Tattoos for shark week!   
    i'm only posting my own tattoo, because henry did it first. this is one i did on an east berliner. you can't see the dolphin jumping in front of a sun, but that is behind the shark.
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    briankelly reacted to mario desa in Angry women vent on "tramp stamp Barbie"   
    why? why are soccer moms not "cool" enough to get tattooed? tattoos are for everyone, and should be accessible to any adult wanting one. i hate this sort of elitism in tattooers. my "normal" clients, half the time, are way cooler/better people than "tattoo dudes".
    tattooing is not something that only "hip" people are entitled to, it belongs to all humanity, always has. it burns me up when tattooers talk like this.
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    briankelly got a reaction from riot in Lady Heads   
    i really like these two from bjorn leibner.
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    briankelly got a reaction from jayessebee in Tattoo Cover Up Pictures, Before and After   
    that taz was awesome!
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    briankelly got a reaction from Julio Avila in Question for artists or anyone about tattoo etiquette   
    the thing about tattoos is that the tattoo does not belong to the tattooer, but to the person who has been tattooed, and it is your body. some people might be pissed off if you had someone else finish their work, and lots of people might not want to finish someone else's work. i wouldn't finish that tattoo because it is a total mess and i wouldn't want to be involved in something that i think is not going to look good in the end. unless i knew you and liked you. or unless it was really slow in winter and i needed some money.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Deb Yarian in Question for artists or anyone about tattoo etiquette   
    the thing about tattoos is that the tattoo does not belong to the tattooer, but to the person who has been tattooed, and it is your body. some people might be pissed off if you had someone else finish their work, and lots of people might not want to finish someone else's work. i wouldn't finish that tattoo because it is a total mess and i wouldn't want to be involved in something that i think is not going to look good in the end. unless i knew you and liked you. or unless it was really slow in winter and i needed some money.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Stewart Robson in Question for artists or anyone about tattoo etiquette   
    the thing about tattoos is that the tattoo does not belong to the tattooer, but to the person who has been tattooed, and it is your body. some people might be pissed off if you had someone else finish their work, and lots of people might not want to finish someone else's work. i wouldn't finish that tattoo because it is a total mess and i wouldn't want to be involved in something that i think is not going to look good in the end. unless i knew you and liked you. or unless it was really slow in winter and i needed some money.
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    briankelly got a reaction from rocketgirl in Question for artists or anyone about tattoo etiquette   
    the thing about tattoos is that the tattoo does not belong to the tattooer, but to the person who has been tattooed, and it is your body. some people might be pissed off if you had someone else finish their work, and lots of people might not want to finish someone else's work. i wouldn't finish that tattoo because it is a total mess and i wouldn't want to be involved in something that i think is not going to look good in the end. unless i knew you and liked you. or unless it was really slow in winter and i needed some money.
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    briankelly reacted to Deb Yarian in How do you treat other tattooists that visit your shop?   
    There is a biblical passage " do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels"
    i like this when applied to many situations - from a non biblical stand point
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    briankelly reacted to Bart Bingham in Apprenticeship horror stories   
    my horror story is that i never apprenticed or tattooed out of my house. i lied about having years of experience and got hired at a shop and started tattooing the general public for money in a shop my very first day. it was awful, i couldn't ask for help because i didnt want to give away that i didnt know what to do. i didnt use rubber bands for my first couple of tattoos and even when i started using them i didnt know why i just saw that everyone else was using them. my first tattoo was "ranch industry" written in 1 inch old english and it took me almost 5 hours. every tattoo i did was lined with a 3 but looked like it had been tripled lined with a 14 round because i kept going over the lines thickining them in an attempt to "clean" them up. when asked why i was doing the outlines so thick i claimed that i was also a graff artist and that that was the style.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Tick in palm tattoos   
    here's my tattoo hand and the hand i take care of business with. both done by bjorn leibner. they were his first palm tattoos, i think he did a good job. both about 1 yr old.
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    briankelly reacted to ShawnPorter in palm tattoos   
    Gloves? Cliff Raven didn't even wear pants.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Gia Dobson in palm tattoos   
    here's my tattoo hand and the hand i take care of business with. both done by bjorn leibner. they were his first palm tattoos, i think he did a good job. both about 1 yr old.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Jake in palm tattoos   
    here's my tattoo hand and the hand i take care of business with. both done by bjorn leibner. they were his first palm tattoos, i think he did a good job. both about 1 yr old.
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    briankelly reacted to ShawnPorter in slang terms that make you cringe?   
    When I was just getting into getting tattooed, I was getting worked on by Bud "Just Plain Bud" Pierson of Ancient Art in Orlando. This is... 1990 maybe.
    When I first went in I was pretty young, but we hit it off pretty well. I was worried that I wouldn't be taken seriously by the "collectors" or the "serious artists" due to my age and my lack of large tattoos. Bud was about as politically incorrect and offensive as they came, and he summed it up like this:
    "I'm just a guy who does tattoos and you're just a guy that gets them. That makes us as special as the guy who fixes the toilet and the guy who uses it."
    At the time I was all butthurt that he equated tattooing (something he had been doing for 20+ years, but my 16yo pride wanted to defend) with that, but as I got older, I totally got what he was saying.
    So yeah. God I miss Bud.
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    briankelly got a reaction from bongsau in slang terms that make you cringe?   
    y'know, i like the squid pant's name for leg tattoos. i don't even like the term sleeves for arm tattoos. sure there are proper sleeves worked out on someone as a full arm tattoo. but if i'm out somewhere and somebody says, "ooh, can i see your sleeves?" i think, "fuck off, retard", unless it's a hot girl, but i would still think she is stupid, but i would use her stupidity as an edge to get her to sleep with me. because you have to be pretty stupid to sleep with me. and customers that come in for a "sleeve", or thinking "i want to get a tattoo here and turn it into a sleeve someday", annoy me to. they're just tattoos.
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    briankelly got a reaction from Zillah in slang terms that make you cringe?   
    yeah, leg sleeves has to be the most stupid term ever. when's the last time you woke up, put on a shirt, shoes, and a pair of leg sleeves and went to work?
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    briankelly got a reaction from RockelMan in Tattoos for Girls   
    whoah! you're right, she's a clone!