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They all have different names but they are called germicidal solutions. Usually these chemicals are pretty expensive as well. About all of them come in one gallon jugs and are concentrated.
To get them to work right you have to measure just right and then when you spray them on, they have to sit for up to twenty minutes to be affective. This sounds like a lot of crap to me. The best and the cheapest thing you can use is good, old fashioned bleach and water. Bleach and water are good for surfaces. Never use them on skin and never try to sterilize needles, only surfaces.
You can use bleach and water to clean a tattoo machine, but you have to clean the bleach back off because it causes oxidation, which makes metal rust. What is bleach? Chlorine is basically table salt. Bleach is salt water that has been changed by a chemical reaction started with electricity. Bleach is technically a solution of sodium salt hydroxide mixed with water in a 5. Chlorine is also used to treat swimming pools and the water you drink everyday.
This means it kills the bad guys. When chlorine reacts to water it actually produces a mild hydrochloric acid. This is why straight bleach on your cloths before you wash them will eat a hole. When you clean any body fluids with bleach you want to dilute it with water. A dilution of 1: Then dry the area. If you don't dry the area you will get a nice white coating on everything. Bleach does have a very strong smell so you want to be careful and make sure the area is well ventilated.
Bleach and water of the same dilution will be fine for mop water as well. Also, if you use the large plastic spray bottles from say Wal-mart, you will need to replace them about every two months or so.
The bleach causes the spring in the handle to rust can eventually break. The floor is a large concern in a tattoo shop. The first thing you want to do is sterilize your floor. A lot of products are on the market for cleaning floors, but the best thing I have found for killing germs and disease is just bleach and water. Bleach and water does a great job, however it will not make your floor look all nice and pretty. In the tattoo industry we use a lot of pigments that are very strong and very similar to ink so it will stain the floor very easy.
We also use a purple carbon copy paper to transfer the design to the human skin; this carbon gets on everything and is a devil to get back off. I have tried almost every name brand product out there, even down to raw acetone. Nothing seems to get the pigment and the purple carbon up except for one product, tile cleaner. You want to use the tile cleaner that foams up when you spray it. My best guess is that it gets down in the cracks and the pigment and carbon float out on top of the chemical.
A small drop of pigment will make a colorful puddle more than a foot wide. After you spray just let it soak a minute or so and mop away the nasty. Again this is a pungent chemical and you should always open the windows or make sure you can get plenty of fresh air while you work.
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Make sure to mop well under all counters and around all sinks. Get every spot you can. Any time you use a new chemical always do a test spot. Some chemicals like acetone might eat a hole in your tattoo chair, so test first. Your tattoo station should be a small desk so you can move it easily for cleaning. I personally use an upright tool chest, the kind with a cabinet under it, for my pigments and supplies. These tool chests are on wheels and move very easily for cleaning.
Every tattoo station should have its own room and its own sink. The sink is one of the dirtiest places in a tattoo shop. You need to keep it clean because this is also where will wash your hands the most. An easy way to get around the knob thing is, go down to your local hardware store and get a hands free sink valve.
There are a few different types. The more expensive ones are foot or knee switches that turn the water on for you. These are great because you never have to touch the knobs. You set the water as you wish and when you are ready to wash your hands you simply move the bar to one side or the other as you wash your hands.
When you take your hands out of the sink the bar returns to its place blocking off the water flow. These kits cost about ten to fifteen dollars. Remember to keep your sink clean with the bleach water at all times. After every tattoo cleaning the sink should be part of your process. The best thing to use is a small desk with a smooth surface. You want the surface light in color so you can see any type of pigment or blood.
Wood is a bad idea because the blood and pigment will soak into it and you will not be able to keep it clean. You want plenty of lighting. An upright floor lamp at the corner you will be working from and a desk top lamp should do the trick. The best way to be sterile is by removing as many things from the table as you can. The spray bottles you will be using should be plastic and you should have one for bleach and water, alcohol, witch hazel, saline, water, glycerin, and green soap mixed with water.
Each will serve a later purpose. Above your work station you should by a towel bar, like for the bathroom. It should also be light in color; I think the square chrome is the best.
This is for you to hang your spray bottles by their triggers. Your sharps container should be on the floor under your station away from where anyone might get accidentally stuck. The less you have on your work station the more sterile your environment will be. You should have a separate stand or table for your pigment bottles at least five foot away from your work station to avoid cross contamination.
Wall shelving would also work for this. All of these surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis. You should remove all of the pigment bottles and clean under them as well. Some artists like to use what is called an ultrasonic cleaner. The vibration shakes loose any biological matter like blood from the tubes and clamps.
In the past I have seen a few artists use these to wash the ink out of the tube during a tattoo. This is a very bad practice; you cannot properly sanitize this machine. Only use an ultrasonic cleaner prior to autoclaving, and always keep it away from your station. Make sure to read all instructions of any piece for equipment you plan to use. Your tattoo chair should also be light in color. The best chairs are the ones made specifically for the use of tattooing.
Due to this reason I personally use a barber chair for the upright tattoos such as arms, and a full size massage table for the lay downs like legs and backs. All chairs should be cleaned on opening, after every tattoo, and again right before closing. Any stools, or arm rests that may be used should be treated with the same care.
This leads us to instrument care. There are a lot of tools that are involved with tattooing. Obviously, you have a machine, which will have is own cleaning section in this book. You will also have to clean your bottles, foot switch, power supply, and clip cord after every tattoo. Forgetting a single one of these could lead to a lot of problems for everyone. Anything that is used in a tattoo needs to be cleaned or thrown away. Any ink pens that you may use on a person for drawing must be used once and thrown away.
Never use reusable towels. Always use standard paper towels while tattooing. Some of them have printed designs on them, while some artist will tell you the ones with designs will bleed color into your tattoo. All stencils need to be used once and thrown away, and all razors need to be used once and thrown away. Something else is tubes. A tattooing tube is made of metal. The idea is that it holds the needle while we tattoo. Everyone is so concerned with a tattoo shop using new needles but no one ever thinks about the tubes.
They come into as much contact with blood as a needle. Most shops use these metal tubes and re-clean them for further use. They are expensive about six bucks a pop so they reuse them anywhere from one-thousand to fifteen-hundred times before replacing them. Most shops also reuse their needle bars. A tattoo needle is really two parts, the needle bar that fits onto the machine and a needle head that penetrates the skin. Most shops use the needles, cut off the heads and solder new heads on the old bars.
Again, the needle bar comes in just as much contact with blood as the needle head and tube does. An autoclave is a machine that uses heat and pressure to kill germs. This bag or pouch has an indicator strip on it that changes color when sterilization has been reached.
Always read the color change area for what color it was, and what color it should be. Most hospitals have a six week course to learn how to properly use one of these while tattoo shops are only required to read the instructions. You have to pre-clean the tube making sure that all biological matter is gone, and know how to properly run the autoclave before you have sterilization. This means that you have to trust someone that works in a tattoo shop with your life.
There are new advancements to the industry everyday. It comes pre- sterilized and pre-packaged. You open it, you use it, and you throw it away. I have used hundreds of them honest, they work just fine. Although metal tubes do seem to be a little better for grey wash. They are not as heavy so your hand will not ware out as quickly and are about a dollar each. The same company makes pre-sterilized and pre packaged needles cheaper than the cost of making your own.
Very few shops make there own needles any more. Always do research and learn as much as you can about your environment as well as the dangers it may have virally.
What little bit I went over is nothing compared to what you need to know. Chapter 6. Clients and Competition The next thing you need to know is about your clients. First, above all else, cover your ass. If you go to your local health department, in the "Environmental Services" office you can request a copy of the body piercing and tattoo studio health regulations. Another thing I would like to add; is keep good records. In the end, if something happens, it will save your ass.
Also, be nice to your sanitarian. Keep your records filed in order by name or month. Nothing is more aggravating then having to look for a consent form.
Don't be scared of the health department, they are good people trying to help everyone. The packet is totally free and it has lots of good information inside about sterilization. It also has a list of everything you need to open a studio, including all of the proper paper work. In this packet you will find a generic version of a liability form consent form. Use this as a guide to make your own, don't just copy it. You need to put your name and information on it or it will not hold up in court.
This form releases all liability from them suing you. Although you should know that this does not clear you with the health department from being legally responsible on there end.
Always get your client to sign the release form before you ever touch them. Now say you work in a shop and some one walks in for a tattoo.
The fact is that most people walk in to ask questions. Your job is to answer them to the best of your ability. You can't be a smart ass, and you can't ignore them. They came in so that means they want to talk to someone.
You will loose business. The truth is almost no one knows what they want when they come in for a tattoo. So you have to pry a little and find out what they are looking for, and why they want the tattoo. Some one comes in and says they want a set of angel wings and a halo for their friend that died, and then you know they are not looking for something dark and sinister. This part is common since.
Don't try to talk a school teacher into a skull and biker logo.
Use your eyes, see what kind of person they are and go from there. If you try to talk some gothic kid into a set of roses, they are going to laugh and walk out.
The hardest thing for me to teach a student is common sense. Always be polite even if they ask three hundred stupid questions, if they like your work then they will be back. Number two, never tell a client "no", they will leave. You can suggest your input but remember it's their tattoo. Some of the best artists I know go months without work just because they are assholes. You have to sell your self before you can sell your product. So be nice god damn it! Almost every person that walks in to get a tattoo is nervous, even the guys that have a lot of them.
You have to be charismatic, and make them laugh as much as possible to make them more comfortable. A client and artist relationship is like a client and shrinks relationship.
You have to have a good one or each of you is wasting the others time.
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The more someone comes back the more you will get to know them and what they want, but until then you have to fish a little. One of the best ice breakers is "What can I help you with. If they are looking for a design they will ask, if they have a question they will ask. As far as setting a price, one of the best ways to do this is by asking them how much they want to spend.
Don't be shy about money. When they tell you how much then you can say "I can do this for that much. You can always get some one good once, or you can treat them right and make them a client for life and then they'll bring all there friends. Try not to push flash. Use flash as a tool for ideas. If you push flash you will never learn, you just get to be a copy machine and they get to see their tattoo twice a week on someone else. Be original, stretch your legs as an artist and do custom work.
Never claim other artists work. I have six guys a week come in and try to push old flash on me as their work. Remember the term is "Artist" not copyist. Another cool thing is use your computer when ever you can. A lot of paint programs have a new tool called a background eraser. You scan in an image, erase the background, and then take a picture of your client.
A lot of the time this will help you get an idea of what there wanting and how big, while you look like the most advanced artist in the world. Take the time to get to know your clients; don't rush them out the door. Tattooing is not a race. Take your time and make them feel like they are your only client. It will pay off in the end. You get a payday and you get to do more custom work because you earn their trust much faster.
Here are some rules to follow when it comes to clients. Never do the same piece twice unless two people want a friendship tattoo. Respect your art and the rest will come. Never tattoo anyone under sixteen. I don't care if there parent wants to sign for them. It's your work, why do something that you know will get destroyed. Never tattoo a diabetic or a hemophiliac. The diabetic will not heal right, and they are ten times more likely to get an infection than anyone else.
If you want to ruin your reputation then go right ahead. While a hemophiliac will bleed out and only about twenty-five percent of the pigment will stay in them. If you guarantee your work then you will be doing touch-ups for the rest of your life.
NEVER tattoo anyone drunk or under the influence of any drug. If they are under the influence then legally they aren't of sound mind to sign consent. If you tattoo on them, then when they sober, if they regret it, they can sue your pants off for tattooing them against there will, and they will win.
Besides, have you ever seen a drunk hold still? Oh ya, and it's illegal to tattoo anyone drunk or under the influence. Just remember, the only rule that has always been true with every client is: The Shit Talking Game People love to talk trash. This is the very reason you never want to talk bad about another shop or artist. Most clients go to the shop that happens to have an opening that day.
To them it really does not matter who tattoos them. Since most client travel between shops a lot of them like to play games with the tattoo artists. Tattoo artist have a known history of trash talking the competition, every one knows and will play on this.
Every artist thinks they are the best. The client is trying to get you all worked up so you give them a tattoo cheaper out of spite. I hate to tell you this but almost every time they never even talk to the other artist. If the other guy is willing to price cut then let them. Just tell the client that your price is whatever and direct them to your portfolio so they can make their own decision. There is nothing wrong with dropping off a few bucks to give someone a deal, but if you cut a price in half then the client thinks that you are a push over, unsure of your own ability, or hurting for money.
In this case, they will go around and tell everyone that you are going under. A large amount of the time you will hear that some clients are going to scratchers that work out there house.
Usually the threat of disease and poor work will be enough to scare them away. Really you should get as much information as you can and report them to the health department, but no one wants to be a narc. For the most part, I just leave them alone until it becomes a public safety issue. Another way to think about it is that you get to cover all the crappy work they are pumping out so you get to tattoo more. Other tattoo shops play games as well.
The tattoo industry is the most cut throat profession in the world. I have had other shops threaten my life and my shop, and have gone as far as physical confrontation because they think that someone trash talking has merit. Many shops think that violence and talking trash affect your business. It does to a degree, but if they are talking smack to all these people and you let your work speak for its self then they come out looking like jackasses.
If a shop talks smack and tells everyone how horrible you are or that your shop is unclean then it just shows that they are afraid of you being better than them. Be above that and just tell the client or whom ever to compare the work for themselves. Never go to another shop in anger unless you are looking for a confrontation. If another shop says something that you just cannot let go then call them and ask why they said whatever. If another shop ever threatens you with violence or comes to your shop looking for violence then call the police.
Be above the game, keep out of it. There is no competition. You will always have your clients and they will always have theirs. People will always want to get tattooed.
I live in a fairly small town that at the moment has eight shops, yes eight in a small town. We all do just fine despite the shit talking game.
Chapter 7. Ink or Not to Ink What makes a tattoo tick? Tattoo pigments use to be made from natural chemical and dies. A lot of the older inks were harmful to humans, but we used them anyway. The pigments changed over the last few years into healthier chemicals made for human skin. To understand where pigments are now we have to know where they came from first. Jail house black was the ink that you see in all the old prison tattoos, the ones that turned green over the years.
A lot of guys I know still swear by it but they are mostly scratchers. In prison you have very limited supplies from the outside world so they had to use what they could get their hands on. Vasoline was always on hand. The old way of making black was the prisoner would take a piece of cloth or string and push it in the middle of the vasoline jar, making a kind of candle. Then they would light the candle and let it burn for days.
This cooked the vasoline into a black sludge. After a few days they would scrape off as much of the black powder from the sides and some of the sludge, they would mix this with baby oil and presto, ink.
You had to do it a few times to get the amount of baby oil just right but it didn't take long to figure out. After a few people did this in jail a handful of people adopted the method back in the day. Tattoo pigments were never really ink. They were made of harsh chemicals suspended in a carrier solution. Among vegetable dyes they also used chemicals like metal salts. A few companies just recently stopped this practice. Oddly enough, tattoo pigments are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so really they can get away with anything they want to.
Some of the blacks use to be made from iron oxide, but are mostly still based on soot and carbon. Most companies now use Logwood; this is a heartwood extract from a tree found in Central America and the West Indies. Orange was made from Disazodiarylid, and flesh tone was Iron Oxide mixed with Clay, the same procedure was used for brown, only more rust. Green was made from a Chromium Oxide called Casalis, and blue from a combination of copper carbonate, calcium copper silicate and cobalt, which is a highly poisonous metal.
Sounds nice huh? Surprisingly there are some companies that still use chemicals like this in there pigment so make sure to read everything very carefully. These days the best pigments are plastic base with a glycerin carrier solution. This makes them water soluble so they are easy to clean up, mix well with water for shading dilution, and are hypo-allergenic. This is why you rarely hear about allergic reactions to pigment anymore. Obviously I cannot tell you what brand I use because that would be product placement.
However I can give you some tips. There is no one best company to use. In my opinion the best pigment is a combination of many companies. It takes years of trial and error to find a brand of what color works best for you.
I can tell you that the plastic are the brightest and the traditional Japanese blacks shade and grey wash the best. Your best bet is that if is cost too little it's cheap, and if it costs too much it's not worth it. There are a few new types of pigments that I would also like to tell you about. Backlight pigments are rapidly becoming popular in the tattoo world. Some pigment companies either got tired of reported infections or saw a chance for a profit and created black light pigment.
I like to think it was the wanting to stop the infections but Probably not the case. Technically made pigment by some tattoo supply companies are the only tattoo pigments that are FDA approved. When purchasing this type of pigment you need to look for the FDA approval stamp. The reason black light or UV reactive pigment really works is because the FDA approved versions are made from very small acrylic beads. These beads glow under a black light giving the pigment its illuminated characteristics.
The advantage of this pigment is that once it heals you cannot see any trace of the tattoo unless the artist scars the skin. Under a UV light the clear pigment has the standard chartreuse glow. During the healing process it just looks like a red abrasion in the shape of a dragon or whatever you may get.
The UV pigments that are in color you can see during any light. But when they are under a UV light are glowing bright.
The down side of the color UV pigment is that only a few colors will be UV reactive so a larger selection of colors will include about seven, though this may improve with time. Another down side to this pigment is that while in regular light the newly healed tattoo looks about ten years old.
They get there dull nature from the fact that they are acrylic beads under your skin so the layer of flesh that covers them makes them dull. They maintain being the more costly pigment at more than triple the price of regular pigment and they are a devil to apply properly. So even if applied under a UV light, be prepared to do a lot of touch-ups. Some other interesting types of pigment that have just recently touched the market are designed for tattoo removal.
There are now certain companies that produce pigments that a removing friendly. A new pigment that is made of special beads can be broken down by laser treatment in one application.
To remove a tattoo with laser treatment you have to have many sessions over the same area to remove a tattoo. The laser produces high intensity ultra violet light to burn and fade the pigment, kind of like speeding up the affects caused by time and the sun. These particular beads are like microscopic paintballs. The laser damages the shell causing it to release the pigment which your body can destroy.
Another one of the new designer pigment creations are the time release pigments. They are made of biodegradable pellets similar to medical grade internal stitches which can be manufactured in different strengths.
So now you can get a tattoo in which you choose if it lasts for six months, one year, or two years. These are broken down by your body at a slow but controlled rate of your choosing. The most interesting still is a new chemical solution made to remove existing tattoo pigments. Tattoo pigment stay liquid in the skin, they never harden.
This chemical is a clear liquid that forces the old pigment to harden. This causes your body to force it out of the skin. You go over the old tattoo, the pigment hardens, and as it heals it comes right out like gravel in road rash or a splinter in your finger. The great part is that the cost of this chemical is about the same as standard pigment. With this new creation, any studio can offer tattoo removal without massive equipment and training.
Needles and Tubes Needles come in many shapes and sizes, and each does something different. Tattoo needles are really two pieces, a needle head and a needle bar. The needle head is the part that sits down at the end of your tube and punctures the skin, while the needle bar is a needle shaft that has a circle bent into it called a needle loop or eye loop.
This is where the needle attaches to the machine. A common misconception of a tattoo needle is that they are hollow like a hypodermic needle from a shot.
This is not true. Tattooing needles are solid, like a safety pin only smaller.
A needle grouping is the number of needles in the head. So if I said that a needle is a three then it is three small needles soldered together to make one, in a triangle shape.
There are many different groupings, each with a purpose. The more needles are attached to the head the bigger the dot is. So a five pattern needle is a bigger dot then a three pattern needle or a single Needle. How a tattoo really works is the needle moves in and out of the tube, like a sewing machine. When it moves in, it gets ink on it, and when it moves out it punctures then skin. The skin is elastic so it stretches. The needle with pigment punctures the skin and the skin squeezes the needle removing the pigment leaving it underneath.
Think of a butter knife with peanut butter on it. You wipe the knife off with your finger, nothing on the knife, and peanut butter on your hand.
Basically every line in a tattoo is really just a row of small dots really close together making a line. You have to make it curve and bend to fit your client. It has to fit there body just as much as it fits there personality. To be a Tattoo artist you can not just do small pieces.
You have to work hard and learn and practice. You have to earn the trust of your patrons so you can stretch your legs artistically. As an artist you will have more ideas then you can pronounce, but you must not push your ideas on your patrons.
Only suggest them and let your patron decide. If you take an idea and push it on your client then in the end they will end up getting work they don't really want. Every custom piece you should presented as two or three ideas, all from completely different points of view and different styles. Your goal needs to be not to tell them what to get, but to present them with enough ideas that they can be just as much a part of the process as you.
Most people when they want a piece of art not flash standard tattoo designs they have no vision of what they want. They come to you for the vision. They come to you so you can make it real. Sometimes it's hard to remember they are not an artist like you.
Suggest, not decide for them. The fact is that the difference of a tattooist and a tattoo artist is a state of mind and creativity.
You have to crawl before you can walk, and you can not rush into this change. It occurs with time. This is where you need to stop concerning yourself with studying flash and learning what real art is about.
I strongly suggest taking up traditional painting. Study Rembrandt, DaVinci, and Monet. They are the backbone to real art. The Next type I would like to talk about is the pretend Tattoo artist. What I call "Candy Artists". We live in a day and age where everything under the sun that can sell in a commercial is put on TV.
Now days we see Tattoo "shows" on television. This, I think, and most real Artist will agree, is making fun of an industry we have worked hard to get our foot into.
These shows do nothing but teach the wrong way to do everything. They are a learning tool of what not to do. These shows are based on ratings and nothing else. Don't think that what you see on TV is in anyway what a real shop is like. Thanks to these shows every kid in America is making his or her own home-made machine and screwing up his or her friends. Now everyone thinks they are a tattoo artist. If you see a TV show with people shooting each other do you shoot your friends?
Then why tattoo on them? These shows are hurting tattooed America more than they could ever help. The only thing good they are doing is showing more people tattoos that might not otherwise see them, thus removing some of the stigma surrounding tattooing. What are the negative effects? Everyone wants to give any one a tattoo; instead they just pass out free hepatitis.
People come into real tattoo shops for the first time expecting to find what they see on TV and feel overwhelmed when they need to be relaxed and think about what they are getting. These Shows tell the public incorrect tattoo aftercare, which will cause them to ruin their hard earned tattoos. Adults are letting their twelve and thirteen year old kids get tattoos that they will later regret because they saw it on TV. Tattooing is the last true traditional, untouched, and un- corporate form of art that the world has left and it is being destroyed.
The Tattoo artist is a dying breed now. People want to tattoo so they can get on TV. Tattoo artists will not be rich. We do it for the art, if you want to do it for the money then go home, because the real artists are laughing at you.
Something no one seems to understand is that these shows are scripted, just like old reruns of "Matlock". A certain artist went on one of these shows to be a guest artist and they tapped him saying hello six times.
It is a show. This is not "MacGyver". He cannot make a CD player out of a pocket knife, a piece of wire, a coconut, and a toothpick. Just like someone holding a tattoo machine on TV is not an artist.
If you actually go to them to get tattooed then you should know a few things. I personally have a friend that got a tattoo by them. At any other shop in the world the highest price for a four letter word with no color and letters one inch by one inch tall should be ranging from fifty to seventy-five dollars. My friend paid two-hundred and fifty dollars. Now you tell me where there priorities lay. I actually use these shows as a teaching tool. Every time one comes on, my apprentices have to watch it and make a list of all the things they do wrong.
Not just the small stuff, but the things that my local health department would shut me down for. Here are a few of many.
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This means that they just put blood on the ink supply that everyone uses. If that person had a disease then everyone that will have a tattoo from that bottle will have the same disease, and bottles last a long time. Another one is they never remember to clean the clip cord, the wire that gives power to the machine. This means that again they are spreading disease.
They also ware black latex gloves because they look cool. Black gloves means you can't see blood, or holes in the gloves. They don't know if they are giving them selves a disease. The last I will mention of many, many more, Is speed stick deodorant. They use speed stick deodorant to apply there carbon pattern to there clients skin. This means that any disease that a person might have is absorbed into this stick and applied with the pattern on the next client.
With the stroke of a single deodorant stick you can give someone six or more different diseases at a time!
Not only are they spreading disease, but there doing so in mass quantities. This is the land of television. Your watching some one get a tattoo by moneygrubbers and there getting away with things no one else is doing, but your also watching them give disease to all these people that could very well pass it on to there children. Just say no to fake, joke, money-grubbing "tattooers", that wouldn't even give you the time of day for two hundred dollars.
After all the glimmer and the spot light of being a tattoo artist fades and you age into your profession you will be on your way to becoming the most sought after type of artist, a Tattoo Master. If a true tattoo artist can paint the "Mona Lisa", then the master can paint the "Last Supper" blind, and on the head of a nail.
Eventually the idea of being a tattoo artist will become dull, and the rock star point of view will make you laugh at the thought that you use to see it this way.
Doing tattoos, being a professional artist will make you a popular person sure. After time the life a "Tattoo Guy" will grow old, the bars will get boring and all the friends you've made are just asking for free work. Then you will see the only thing that matters when you go home at night is your own feeling of pride and accomplishment. To be a true master is almost a state of Zen, a feeling of nirvana, perfect. When we first think about tattoos we want to be the one everyone talks to at the party.
We want to stand out in the crowd, and we want everyone to know our name. The only way to achieve such "greatness" is to change your entire life to surround your art.
To truly be good at what you want to do is dedication and sacrifice. There are a few rules that if you can not do then you need to turn around and find a new career. No drugs or alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol will make your hands shake.They will tell your story to there grandchildren after you are longgone. You need eight hours of sleep every night beforeyou work. You want the surface light in color so you can see any type of pigment or blood. You hit someone and cut your hand open while wounding them, youmix blood. Marriages will come and go. Help a stranger at least once a day. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content.
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