This week I went searching for some inspiration!! How do you create tattoo art? What makes tattooists different from artists? How do you find your style? So, like any good research, before you move forward it’s important to look back at what came before you in order to move forward. The Beginnings and the Pioneers of … More Inspirational and Historical Artists (From Sailor Jerry to Nikko Hurtado)
This week I did some reading on the history of the tattoo machine. The modern electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reily. It was based on Edison’s invention called th electric pen. The pen was invented as an early way to copy handwritten documents. The original pen was a huge flop but O’Reily (a stick … More The Edison Pen (aka The Tattoo Machine)
For the first lesson towards becoming a tattoo artist my mentor Tyler directed me towards some reading and research that is very life-alteringly important. He told me to research Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs for short) and sterilization. I did some reading on BBP documentation in Canada and found THIS pdf from the Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare (OSACH). It … More PLP #2- Me vs BBPs vs Autoclaves
When I was younger, around 18 years old, I told my mother that I was going to pay for university by freelancing as a tattoo artist. This might not sound unreasonable now but keep in mind this was the year 1999. For a point of reference to the view on tattooing check out the stats from a CBC article:
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