You may be, like many, under the impression that a "Professional Tattoo Artist and/or Piercer" leads an extraordinary, wild party lifestyle. These assumptions, I guess, could be due to our appearance and maybe your preferred shop's vibe. Maybe this idea is due to the nostalgic fantasy of the type of craftsmen/craftswomen of yester year and in a time when the industry was dominated by the hardest of men and the occasional female artist whom most likely did indeed lead crazy life styles. The sad reality of it is, the majority today have very common lives.
I think in our younger years we were all wild to varying degrees, (I'm actually banned from a country, hehehe) and regress in our middle age (some earlier than others) with a vision of a slower, quieter family life. For most of us come kids, and we realize the real pressure of responsibility. The responsibility of child care cost, college, mortgage, dog, white picket fence, medical insurance and the general rising cost of living, the list goes on. It puts a demand on how valuable our shop time is.
There is something customers and clients need to keep in their forethought; This is not a hobby, This is how we make our fuckin living. If you can't grasp that basic concept and reject your personally worked up fantasy that we're here just for party$, you couldn't be further from the truth. And if you convey that attitude to a "Professional Tattoo Artist", don't be surprised by, quite possibly, an abrasive response from your image building "Technician". After all, that's what we're doing here isn't it? Quality image building isn't cheap. None the less, the majority are willing to spend more on instant gratification from purchasing that days look as it expires and becomes old in the near days following.
So as you are donning those $200 sneakers, $100 shirt $150 pants/shorts or skirts, (totaling $350 on the average and that's not including a jacket during the winter), Remember that regardless of what stage, we as Tattoo Artist are at with our after hours life, We aspire the best for our families and ourselves, as does the rest of the working the world and that costs money.
"The Uniform of The Day" is temporary, your tattoos are not! Tattoos are for life, even if you have them removed by modern technology there is always the scars and remnants of yesterdays indelible idea in your skin.
In addition, professional tattoo supplies from reputable suppliers are not cheap and are necessary to perform our craft at the highest, most proficient level available and possible. Every year new products enter the tattoo industry that enable us "Pros" to provide to you, the client, the best in tattoo application and aftercare products performance as a standard to rely upon, and those fore-mentioned products do not come cheap.
So, before you go whining to your tattoo artist that you want what you want and want it at your price, Remember "Cheap Tattoos Aren't Good and Good Tattoos Aren't Cheap"
NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery is happy to announce Guest Artist Jose Carire will be in the shop on Tuesdays and is now booking appointments. Jose specializes in black and gray, but can apply tattoos in color equally as great. Check his work out in our gallery. We will be adding some of his frame-able art work to our location in the shop gallery for sale as well.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Jose, call the shop 484-328-8760, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in at NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery to set up an appointment for some phenomenal ink.
shop minimum is $100, also, $100 deposit, (Non Refundable) is required to secure the appointment
Looking forward to seeing you here
For those of you just getting into airbrushing, it can be overwhelming to now what type of paint to use. First, define "what you are painting?" Textile, Plastic, Automotive etc. Some paint is substrate specific. Createx is the best all around paint you could invest your money into and eliminate the need for stocking several different systems.
It's water based mix is eco. friendly and eliminates the need for special equipment, like explosion proof lighting and exhaust. A simple dust mask will protect your breathing and is a lot more comfortable than organic particles respirators and masks. I still have paint from Createx's original line thats well over 20 years old. As long as it's stored correctly, the shelf life is damn near indefinite, however, I will have to strain some of the older bottles. If you mix them once in a while you can prevent most of them thickening as well as adding a little retarder and water as required by stored paint viscosity.
Notice, If you're painting textile's, I prefer Aqua Flow's white and black. For some reason the tip dry on these two colors is less than any other brands, especially the white.
Createx can be clear cloated with almost any type. I've used Urethane, water based, cut in clear, and schlack rsins over createx with great results on surfaces requiring a sturdy top coat. As far as shirts, etc. a basic heat set will get the job done for color fast, Although I recommend a clam style heat press for best results, especially on thicker garments like denim, a good clothing iron and a run through the dryer on high setting gives an adequate result as well.
For the following 2 methods let garment dry before heat setting, you can speed up the process by using a hair dryer.
" Pro Tip - using a hair dryer during the application of paint, particularly with white highlights, will help build up the pigment to over power the underlying color."
and Shop for Airbrush supplies and acrylic airbrush paint systems on my Art Supplies/Shop for paint link.
If you have any Airbrush related Q:'s, leave it in the comments and I'll answer up.
I have owned my iPad Pro for a little under a year now and am impressed with its capabilities. With some helpful apps like Pro Create, streamlining the monotonous task of bringing a client's concept to fruition has become less chore like. The iPad has come a long way since I purchased iPAD2 years back and quickly abandoned due to lack of practical applicabilities for a tattoo artist, In contrast, the pro is definitely an asset and has redeemed itself with me. A Necessary tool for busy artists; no losing or misplacing drawings, everything is all in one place no matter how many pages, and lightweight/portable too.
I was so close to purchasing a touch face system like Wacom, but mobility was essential and for the investment the necessity to be tethered to a desktop defeats being mobile and ultimately kept me from pulling the trigger on that type of digital essential. iPad pro will put a serious dent in those companies bottom line, especially since Clip Studio for iPad has hit the streets and all those capabilities of professional quality digital graphics and design for half the price, and cheaper, depending on which set up you compare it to. Almost 13" inches of screen is plenty of room to operate at a much more affordable rate.
Tattoo Smart has some very useful brushes to help out with some of the most common details needed for tattoo deigns, i.e.= chain and rope. The Apple pencil is necessary to gain the full potential of the brushes capabilities. If you're a tattoo artist these are a must have, you can save so much time whipping out line work and and multiple variations of your design.
Pro Create comes with a variety of stock brush options to render any textures you might need. Even with the Tattoo specific brushes I purchased, I often use brushes from the Pro Create pallette. Easy to keep client files organized and deleting them when you're finished. I generally keep around thirty files at all times between my personal art projects and client projects with no lag in the apps operation. However, I have noticed picture quality drops severely if the project sits idle for a period of time as well as shrinking the project on the page if you close your project out, then return to it later and bring image back up to the page size.
I tend to have my reference pic(s) open on the page as I work on the project and will shrink the reference pics down as to not interfere with my work surface. Same with any drawings I've created. With the ref. pics I just delete the fuzzy one and re-insert it from my files, you may want to save any projects that you have enough time or when line quality matters for generating a stencil worthy copy.
Episode 1: Oh My God, He's Dying
(This didn't happen to me, but I was there when it did, heheheh.)
A lady comes into the shop I was working for at the time for a tattoo, (not sure what it was). She sits down with one of the artists and gets her tattoo. She liked it so much, she makes an appointment for her and her husband to get tattoos in the near future.
Tattoo day comes and the wife and husband arrive with daughter and boyfriend in tow. Now this is hubby's first tattoo, no problem, he's got this. After all, it's a small tattoo on the bicep, how bad could it be? Wifey, (who is a registered nurse, by the way), goes first. Bing,Bang,Done, no worries.
So hubby gets his stencil, settles in as comfortable as can be with legs stretched out front and slighlty reclined, looking somewhat anxious to feel the sting. As all hubby's crew is gathered, anticipating the first prick and dad's reaction, The artist begins tattooing. So far, So good, so boyfriend and daughter step out of the shop.
I have a client in my chair and I'm buzzin away on his piece, when all of a sudden, at the top of her lungs, wifey starts screaming "Oh my God, He's dying!" which commands the immediate attention of everyone in the shop. Luckily, the artist managed to get the chair reclined back to ensure the client doesn't slide out, before his wife throws a cup of water in his face, then proceeds to slap the shit out of him while screaming all kinds of shit. "Call 911, he's dying". The artist is unsuccessful at calming her down so he can handle the situation as we are equipped and experience this reaction from time to time. My client turns to me with great concern and asks, "Should I go over there? I'm certified CPR", I say no as I'm trying not to laugh, at least noticeably, This poor lady thinks her husband is dying and is desperately trying to revive him, Old West style. At this point she's showing no sign of letting up on her husband's jaw and I'm starting to think I need to grip her up before she breaks her hubands jaw. The artist conceded at this point, slumped back in his chair and is watching this RN's emergency skillset, in amazement, by the look on the artist face he must have said fuck it, I'll let her finish.
With hubby still out, she proceeds to place her hands around his throat and shake violently, I guess she learned that during clinicals. As she's still freakin out and yelling while choking hubby, the daughter and boyfriend come back into the middle of this shit show and immediately burst into hysterical crying, (you know, the type where you can't catch your breath). Rushing to her dad's aid, pushing the artist aside. The boyfriend about faced and headed to the door, like he didn't want no part of it. This poor fuck client has had the shit slapped out of, choked and shaken, now 2 frantic family members sucking the air out his face as they still think he's dying. Somehow, the artist managed to get the ammonia under his nose during all this craziness and actually revive him and quell the tears. After a couples minutes the husband was good to go, no more problems.
I guess this is why, as a general rule of thumb, medical professional should not tend to an emergency of family when others are there to act with out bias.
Wish we had that on tape. hehehe
Neckbone (Mike Harmon)
Shop Owner and Artist