How I Work: Prelude
I think I bring a unique perspective of things both inside and outside the bubble of tattooing. Being part of the medical community as an EMT and as an autopsy technician helps me tackle any medical issues encountered as a tattoo artist. During the latter part of my career I've turned my focus more on improving business practices and organization. Working outside of tattooing gives me more options to solve problems I encounter in the day to day tattoo grind.
I've seen this industry change so much over the years, new and better equipment (and access to it), the clientele, tattoo ideas, aftercare, so much more. I've also been piercing the same amount of time and seen many fads come and go, and still to this day, so much misinformation persists.
The objective is to educate. Gone are the days of clandestine tattoo secrets. Much of the mystique is gone, just about everything in our industry exists on the internet. Television shows about tattooing bring us into the shops and sit us in the chairs. Undeniably, the culture of tattooing is everywhere. The side effect of all this is as tattoo artists we have a greater responsibility to the client and to ourselves. Ignorant tattoo artists and their wildly incorrect answers have been replaced by the cleaner, more informed, and the better skilled modern tattooist. We owe it to the person sitting in the chair to be knowledgeably about all aspects of our craft.
As either a potential client or heavily inked individual, you should never be afraid to ask questions, at any stage of the process.
So read on, and enjoy!