Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. The best thing is to come in to our shop in Vancouver, Washington and meet our artists in person! You can talk with them about your ideas for a tattoo and they will draw up unique designs just for you. It is important to look through any tattoo artist's portfolio to see the quality of work they produce.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would like to know what type of needles where used how they were sterilized. If the artist had a portfolio, and how many years tattooing or piercing he/she has done. How well the artist can put in color or greyshading. How reputable the artist and the shop our. Tips and tricks on how to keep my tattoo looking new and fresh. What I can and cannot do while my tattoo is newly healing. How the piercer bends his needles and what tools does he have to use to get the job done. What techniques are used in both tattooing and piercing and what artistic skills the artist has outside of the shop that incorporates his job into and artistic art form.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What design do they actually want, what significance does this tattoo have for them. What area of the body is this tattoo design going on. Is this design enlarged enough to fit on the area of the body without lines smudging in the future. How long have they thought out this tattoo, do they want color or all black and greyshading. Do they understand what they are undertaking when they put a permanent mark on their bodies. Ask if the store supplies products to take care of their fresh tattoo or piercing. If there getting a piercing what will it look like after the jewelry is put in does the piercer know what sizes of jewelry are for each piercing.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. The time and effort that are artist put into each piece, and the communication that we have with our customers before we do anything on them. Each of our artist have worked around the world and some in other countries to perfect there specialty. The cleanliness of are shop is above and beyond what other shops strive for. Everything is organized from jewelry, needles, ink and our artist knows where everything is so there not fumbling around looking for things. Are shop is very comforting and relaxing customers can find there way around and look at artwork and many custom books and jewelry options as they wait to get a new piece of artwork put on them.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The atmosphere, the people I work with. I come to work everyday and look forward to it. The clients that come in are always amazing, each one has a different story to tell about there tattoo or piercing there getting and why there getting it. I work at a job that is a passion and a hobby to me, so I look forward every morning that I wake up that I'm going to work. I have all the tools I need that are provided to me by my employer. I love creating art work on people and when they leave and people ask who did their work I'm referred and I love that everyone gets to see my art work on another person.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. We are always striving to be the best shop around. We attend all the tattoo conventions that we can and send our piercing artist to expos to perfect there techniques and needle usage. Where always doing guest spot swapping information and techniques with other artist that we are close to. Are artist are always looking for new ways to do different techniques. We also enter tattoo competitions to hone are skills to the max by competing against amazing artist from around the world. Were always in the market for practice skins to hone are greyshading and fake skin to pierce to learn new techniques and perfect them on it.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. The newest developments as of now are the pneumatic tattoo machine, for tattooing. They decrease time and color in the functionality. In the piercing field new designs new techniques are developed every year, with the on-rise of dermal and sub -dermal implants techniques are changing constantly. There the newest development to replace surface bars. New techniques for color packing with tattooing have also developed, to transform a tattoo into beautiful art work. New techniques for free hand piercing involving only the jewelery and the needle have developed so the use of tools is obsoleted.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. It takes a lot of time effort and money. Many people think you can just hop into this profession and you can't. Some piercing artist play borderline with surgeons doing implants cropping ears scarification. You have to invest a lot of time into what your learning. If your passionate about it go in and talk to an artist you trust about apprenticeships, be prepared to be turned down a couple times but don't give up. Also most artist require an apprenticeship fee half up front if there gonna take the time and effort to teach you what you need to know. Also part of the fee goes to covering tools sterilization and shop time.