I didn’t have the greatest of starts in this industry and I am still a novice in this rapidly growing world of tattooing.
I didn’t hunt for an apprenticeship, I stumbled upon one, not that I never wanted to or dreamed of it but tattooing was a fable, a myth, something that barely anyone could get in to and although it was not that many years ago it was not as publicly showboated like now with numerous tattoo based tv shows. The feeling of ‘ahh it will never really happen’ held me back massively and stumped my growth early on.
I stuck by, done my research and got tattooed by artists the length and width of the country. I learnt by watching every tattoo I had so to answer the god awful question of “Do they all have a meaning?” Yep I remember learning from each tattoo I have been able to see. I learnt more than technique I learnt that being organised, knowing your design, keeping on top of your diary and basic customer service etiquette. I have been tattooed by people who have 100 followers who smash out some amazing work and offered me a cuppa and where a good pub was for after, I’ve been tattooed by people who have 100’s of thousands of followers who’s work is amazing but have forgotten my booking or rushed the sketch in front of me and this is a massive lesson I took on that I wouldn’t become an ego in the industry if I ever got to a level where I had the chance to.
I worked in a bit artist run studio of tattooists not tattoo artists, and this being one of my deepest conversations with another artist, opened my eyes to that statement, this studio printed everything from tumblr and Pinterest where as s shop full of tattoo artists is a shop full of paints, aerosols, half used rubbers, inch long pencils and is a studio full of people being creative and drawing for their trade.
I moved to a studio of new beginnings and ticked every box I painted walls, spent hours and gained bleeding knuckles scrubbing cast iron stairs with an inch thick layer of dust with a toothbrush to be dropped days after opening. Very quickly replaced by an artist with huge following and great connections.
In the last 18 months to 2 years that I have ... 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 - 3 hours ago