Articles, thoughts, musings and generally great writings from the Tattoo Improvement Network!
So you want to land a tattoo apprenticeship? Why wouldn’t you? Tattooing can provide a great income, plenty of free time (If you schedule it) and opportunity to travel. And at the end of the day, you only drew pictures. How bad can that be? Unfortunately, partially due to the perks I mentioned above, tattooing…read more
I was all set. I totally had it in my head what I was going to contribute. I had listened to Jake’s episode 141 podcast on Overcoming the Mental Hurdles of your Tattoo Apprenticeship. I had a list of trite comments and my two cents on the matter. Then two things happened. First, I left…read more
About two years ago, I was helping a friend with a yard sale. My friend Kirk is a fellow writer who specializes in steam punky fantasy. As I was looking through a small assortment of eccentric unsold books, he reached over and picked up one particular book and handed it to me. He seemed confident…read more
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