Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Well, Jess. I did all my own tattoos. In my slaughterhouse days I wanted to get into an apprenticeship to be a tattooist but I could not afford the startup (back then YOU had to pay the tattoo shop to learn under them and have your own equipment which was insanely expensive at the time). I had a book of my own flash and went to the Bear, a Viking of a man but an absolute artist. I went there for an interview, showed him my work and we talked for about 4 hours before I made my escape. He looked at my work and asked me if I had any regrets about any of them, which I didn't. I told him it took me almost 8 years to finally make an idea permanent. The Bear said picture an old lady, sitting on the beach all wrinkly with a python snake tattooed around her leg...does it still look as awesome when she had it originally done? As well, he said the worst tattoos are names and cartoons, because both will be forgotten in time (take note of any old guys sitting in the coffee shop with Lil Devil on their arms, or the crazy trend of the Tazmanian Devil from the mid-nineties).
So many people grab onto an idea and want to proudly wear it to show devotion, but more often than not, devotion is more of a trend and there lies the pitfall. Stop....I did not mean that this is a trend to you; we all know this is The Life and there is no chance of turning around once your there. I am saying that there is so much incorporated into this lifestyle that by the time you get that inked, you will see something or have an even cooler idea for a tattoo, and you will wish you didn't get the first one. My sister-in-law had the elvish writing seen on the ring in the Lord of the Rings movie tattooed like a band around her arm. It looked pretty neat at the time, but now the movies are gathering dust, no one talks about them anymore and the tattoo just looks lame. So no she is dumping even more money on a cover-up.
A tattoo should be like a painting...a Rembrandt or a Monet. You should want to be able to Will it to your children when your dead so they can tan and frame it. It should be a tattoo that you will never in your life regret or try to hide, it should become PART of you, never an accessory. To this day I still don't regret my tattoos. I stopped noticing them many many years ago and I have to stop and think sometimes when someone asks me if I'm inked.
If you want to get inked, go for it, but like Paolo suggested think very very long on that design and whether or not you can carry it to the grave with you.
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Last edited by Slaughterhouse; 10-17-2007 at 11:17 AM.