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Online Learning Tools for Making You a Better Artist and Better Person

I have a confession. I keep being pulled back to our recent interview with Teresa Sharpe because of the meme that Jake posted with a quote from their interview. Not only is it a great interview, but I’m a sucker for memes. http://www.tattooimprovement.com/2017/09/23/teresa-sharpe-hell-city-2017-ep-148/   “If you want to create something new, you have to find something outside of tattooing that’s …

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10 Tips for Landing a Great Tattoo Apprenticeship (Maybe 11)

So you want to land a tattoo apprenticeship? Why wouldn’t you? Tattooing can provide a great income, plenty of free time (If you schedule it) and opportunity to travel. And at the end of the day, you only drew pictures. How bad can that be? Unfortunately, partially due to the perks I mentioned above, tattooing has become a very competitive …

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On Pins and Needles: Tattoo References Through Pinterest

I was all set. I totally had it in my head what I was going to contribute. I had listened to Jake’s episode 141 podcast on Overcoming the Mental Hurdles of your Tattoo Apprenticeship. I had a list of trite comments and my two cents on the matter. Then two things happened. First, I left my YouTube running after Jake …

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Best Magical Tattoo Artist in the South

About two years ago, I was helping a friend with a yard sale. My friend Kirk is a fellow writer who specializes in steam punky fantasy. As I was looking through a small assortment of eccentric unsold books, he reached over and picked up one particular book and handed it to me. He seemed confident that I would really appreciate …

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Tattoo Machines, Split Personalities, and Particle Physics

In Episode 136, Jake gave a bit of a rant that I wholeheartedly agree with. He mostly talked about the importance of growing your artistic skills away from your tattoo machine. He discussed the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and experimenting in other areas, so that you can grow and evolve in your own field. This made me …

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How to Research the Tattoo Profession, Like a Professional Researcher

  I usually have some time set aside each week to watch one of Jake’s podcasts, meditate and then write a complementary piece to go with it, from a slightly different perspective. However, this week I was inspired by an exchange I recently had with an old friend from high school. She has always been a free spirit with a …

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A Tattooer By Any Other Name

When I first met my friend John, he was still pretty green and had a shop in Tupelo. The first business card he handed me read, “Tattoos by Ginsu.” When I asked about the name, he said that his mentor had given it to him. The joke was that if it even remotely had an edge, he would somehow manage …

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Tattooing Is Not Art…

Tattooing is not art…at least it wasn’t always. When I first started tattooing 21 years ago, I quickly met some pretty decent tattooers. They managed to put solid tattoos in the skin and could troubleshoot their equipment. Notice that I use the word “tattooers” and not “tattoo artists”. It’s habit at this point but I still use this term because …

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End of Year in Ink

It was the airport in New Orleans, sometime during the summer of the year 2000. It would be over a year before September 11 would happen. I was late for my flight and had on short sleeves. I wasn’t running, but I was moving rather quickly and anxiously through the airport. Then I experienced something that had never happened to …