Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Joe- not all people who design tattoos are tattoo artists, some just draw what in the industry is referred to as flash. Flash are random subject matter pictures that some people choose like temporary tattoos to have stuck on them. TattooISTS are people who can not draw and only tattoo flash. Tattoo artists draw their own pieces to fit muscle structure and compliment the body's flow. There is a hierarchy :p also tattoo artists find words like tat, tattie, inked etc kind of insulting lol. We are weird :p also please don't watch that god aweful show "tattoo school" on TLC, the entire industry has boycotted it because it's a slap to our face. I won't go into anymore of a rant about it, let's just say hepititus will be an added bonus of anyone dumb enough to let those fools touch them.
Lie- I do not have any tattoos, I am a rarity. Trust me I plan to be sleeved, I just see so many young people get into the industry and tattoo themselves or get lots done and then have no room for other pieces down the road. I am a planner and want to get it right the first time around. I also want to get pieces the same way you would buy art in a gallery. Go to artists I admire and say, sleeve me up Scotty!
As for what I started on, I used good ol ham hock. Has wonderful contours and shapes and provides difficult angles in which you have to hold your hand to achieve good lines, much like an ankle or wrist or knee of a client.