Articles, thoughts, musings and generally great writings from the Tattoo Improvement Network!

Tattoo Machines, Split Personalities, and Particle Physics

In Episode 136, Jake gave a bit of a rant that I wholeheartedly agree with. He mostly talked about the importance of growing your artistic skills away from your tattoo machine. He discussed the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and experimenting in other areas, so that you can grow and evolve in your…read more

A Tattooer By Any Other Name

When I first met my friend John, he was still pretty green and had a shop in Tupelo. The first business card he handed me read, “Tattoos by Ginsu.” When I asked about the name, he said that his mentor had given it to him. The joke was that if it even remotely had an…read more

Dan Marshall – Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

Dan Marshall | Fireside Tattoo Network

The course objective is to introduce, strengthen and gain confidence in your plein air painting in watercolor techniques. Learn how to absorb the feeling and interpret street scenes and natural landscapes. Focusing on composition, design, tone, timing and simplification, paint, and not simply “color in” your work. Dan will be working with each student one…read more

Tattooing Is Not Art…

Tattooing Is Not Art...

Tattooing is not art…at least it wasn’t always. When I first started tattooing 21 years ago, I quickly met some pretty decent tattooers. They managed to put solid tattoos in the skin and could troubleshoot their equipment. Notice that I use the word “tattooers” and not “tattoo artists”. It’s habit at this point but I…read more