I can’t speak for other cultures, but I know tattooing has to be done in Asia. It doesn’t have to be done on a whim because the tattoos you can get there is incredible. You can get tattooed in China, Japan, Russia, etc. I can’t get a tattoo in Indonesia, but I’m sure they are the perfect tattoo for a guy like me if he has that sort of physique.
Do you have your own style of tattoos? Yes, I make one of the most popular (and most popular tattoos) “Puff the Paint.” It’s like a flower, and it has my name in bold print next to it. It’s a fun one to do and I think it’s perfect for someone who isn’t a huge fan of piercings.
Do you get inked in the States? I have received some American-style tattoos. But if you look at our websites, “Pierce Your Heart” is one of our highest ranked pages and is one of the most popular tattoo designs.
How have American tattooors changed or changed in the last couple years or so? It has been the same as with all the foreign tattoo artists we have had. They all work from home and have the same methods and techniques. Some can get a small shop down in California so that they can do a lot more of their work quickly. Others just leave it to what’s available. Some American artists don’t use the permanent marker on their products or sometimes do not even dye or color them. They use the tattoo ink and permanent markers to draw out the design. When I asked one of them why they didn’t use a permanent marker, he said, “I’m afraid of losing the design.”
Can you describe in general what a good day of work is like? There are so many times we are on days when it is too hot or our client wants to do more designs. Sometimes all we get are sketches of something that we just can’t do. Sometimes we see something new on one of the designs and we get really excited and then realize it is just a very simple idea.
How do you feel about the current tattoo industry in the United States? I feel that there are too many studios that are trying to make it in a very small space, and that there are many that are not making the designs they want to. If you look at this industry from a design standpoint, this is a very competitive business… If artists can work in a place with a very
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