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  1. We all have our influences, but where do you draw the line between being influenced by someone and straight-up ripping off other artists' work?
  2. Expert opinion, my man... Well said.
  3. Expand your horizons, brutha man... If it's that serious, why not travel to get it done?
  4. I went to one in Denver a few years ago... Couple competitions and stuff, and one here on Guam back in '07 (the only one we've ever had).. I'm sure I'll make it to more. There's one a couple of islands north of here in October. That's the next one. I recently started at a new shop, it's really improved my focus and stuff working in a new environment with new people.
  5. Here you go!!!
  6. Maybe you should tattoo for plastic cups instead of money! Haha... Nah... My experience with that type of venue is that there is A LOT of creative energy there. Congratulations on your first convention man! Which one did you do??? Would you do another one?
  7. I think that artists are going to bitch about any form of regulation in the industry. I used to bitch about getting tested for syphillis every year to renew my health certificate! We had the same situation here... There was only one tattoo artist around when the rules were written. This guy wasn't able to capitalize like Paulo Fernando did with his ink, but he was able to jack up the price for starting a new shop. Can you blame him? Like it or not, there is a business side to things. He did however give good advice to the health department. I'm sure there was other reasoning behind the ink regulations in Brazil... It's probably just a matter of reaching out to manufacturers and them to foot the bill. Mario Barth seems to have this thing for world domination, so why not start there?? Brazil seems like a big enough market to be appealing to any manufacturer.
  8. The only ones I mess with are the guys who are there to buy supplies... I usually have them wait in the corner until _________ comes in. Some fictitious character, of course.
  9. As far as posting our worst... Hmmm... Ok, you first!
  10. Thanks for all the interesting feedback! I understand the whole thing about self-expression, but this place stresses customer service. The easy identification of staff helps the whole process in my opinion. A lot of questions never get asked because we don't know who to ask. I'm not a big name in tattooing by any means, so I'm sure the uniform benefits me. Of all the considerations I made when I started looking for a new job, dress code really wasn't high on the list.
  11. Check with the supplier and ask for an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).. A lot of suppliers have them right on their websites for downloading.
  12. I now work in a shop where the staff all wear uniforms... Not like a Taco Bell uniform or anything, but a shop t-shirt, black shorts and black shoes. Not bad really, but this is the first time, I've worked at a place with a uniform policy. Has anyone ever been to a place like this? Whether or not you have, what are your thoughts on uniforms in a studio environment?
  13. I got a tattoo from this kid named Bahn (sp?) at St. Martin's Tattoo on Khao Sahn Road in BKK. Magical, magical place.. It's a skeleton key and the perfect souvenir to remember the trip by.
  14. I've been wanting a rabbit for quite some time now! I want one with an A-bar and springs though...
  15. I think what makes the visual impact is contrast... Whether it be negative space or super brights right up against black. There's more than one way to do it, right? Whether you go for a simple but powerful look, or a complex piece that you notice something new every time you look at it, you can't say that it's wrong... It's just different.