Archive | December, 2011

Another newb mistake

23 Dec

Well, I made another mistake.  I put a deposit down without having full consultation.  My tattoo ‘buddy’ told me to come down to the store so he can get a sketch of the area, do some rough drawing and price it out.  Well, he just stop at sketch of the area and for some odd reason he is being dismissive when I ask how much it is going to cost.   I will give him the benefit of doubt because he was busy that day, but what is the point of making for a appointment when he is too busy for my appointment.

I had another tattoo artist do that to me once, and this was back in the days when I didn’t know the etiquette of how tattooing work…to make the long story short…I ended get charged twice the amount that was “agreed” prior to getting the tat done.

This is my point of view of how things happen anyway.  I won’t make another mistake like this again and its time for me to look for another tattoo artist.  I am starting to think all tattoo artist are just snake oil vendors…


Keep it real

14 Dec

I think one of the main reason I got tattooed was because it helps me filter out those who are real and those who pretend to be.  You must of heard of people saying how indiscrimnant and open minded they are, but if you give them something that is out of the ordinary, they will either react with disgust or acceptance.  Unfortunately we still live in a society where change i.e. tattooing is still frown upon despite living in the 21st century.  If you can’t take being tattooed as it is, then why should I trust you to judge other impartially?

Anyway, Danielle Hampton explained it best in this article: on-being-visibly-tattooed-in-a-world-that-isnt

11 Dec

Here is another nice article about tattoo artist and client relationship.

I don’t know why, but I feel that there are a lot of tattoo artist that feel that they are a cut above everyone else.  From what I seen, tattoo artist are greatly dependent on us, yet a lot of them treat us like shit.  Since there are so many tattoo artist around now (maybe too many), don’t be afraid to shop around.  Even that tattoo artist you always go to may not be your best bang for your buck.  So many new up and coming tattoo artist are producing the same or even better tat than the “old” guys, and they are charging way cheaper.

Regarding style.

1 Dec

“Because a good traditional tattoo is easily recognizable… as are bad ones. A traditional tattoo requires clean solid line-work, shading, coloring and the ability to heal and hold up on the body for a lifetime.” Gunnar Gayloard, article from

That is why I am attracted more and more to traditional (western) style of tattoo.  Nice, clean, and holds up well. Simplicity at its best.