Articles, thoughts, musings and generally great writings from the Tattoo Improvement Network!
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
I usually have some time set aside each week to watch one of Jake’s podcasts, meditate and then write a complementary piece to go with it, from a slightly different perspective. However, this week I was inspired by an exchange I recently had with an old friend from high school. She has always been a…read more
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
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…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
It was the airport in New Orleans, sometime during the summer of the year 2000. It would be over a year before September 11 would happen. I was late for my flight and had on short sleeves. I wasn’t running, but I was moving rather quickly and anxiously through the airport. Then I experienced something…read more