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school of the arts. After six months of apprenticeship he began to tattoo professionally but that was not the end of his education in the field, he is still learning even today. He stays current on new techniques and styles, he takes a little bit away from each tattoo he does. One might not associate continuing education with the tattoo education. Kevin enjoys his job each and every day. He of course has to do the occasional tweety-bird tattoo which is more of a chore than anything else for him, but for the most part he is very enthusiastic about each piece he does. According to him one of the most important skills he had to acquire is the ability to stay slow and steady. It is a natural tendency to want to rush or hurry but a good tattoo is done very methodically. They have to

remain constantly aware of where the needle has been, where it is, and where it is heading. When Kevin works it is very different from traditional art, it seems more of an exacting procedure than anything else. If he was not meticulous in his work the customer will end up with an unsatisfactory piece that they are permanently stuck with. All tattoo artists have their very own personal influences; Kevin’s are rather diverse. His include M.C. Escher, H.R. Geiger, Moreau, Norman Rockwell, japanamation films, and DC and Mcfarland comics. He seems to be attracted to the unusual. Kevin is unsure yet if he wants to make this his career, he began seven years ago not planning to spend most of a decade in the business. Like most tattoo artists his ultimate goal would be to own his own

shop. It is unfortunate that this is the height of success for a tattoo artist. There are no chains or franchises in the business. As a tattoo artist he enjoys coming in contact with so many different people. It is a common preconception that people who get tattoos are delinquents. Sure he gets his fair share, but the majority of his clientele are very normal people. These days everyone and their goldfish have tattoos, eventhough the majority are young people, Kevin says “I have tattooed doctors, lawyers, students on full scholarships, hell, two or three months ago I did a tattoo of a moon and stars for a grandma in her late sixties.” Tattoo is not the taboo it once was, it is becoming more mainstream everyday. Some enthusiasts have even lost their enthusiasm for it because

it is no longer “underground.” Another preconception is that tattoo artists are typically degenerates trying to make a buck. This too is not the case, I was introduced to the owner of the shop, a young guy named Jason, he has a degree in political science and no criminal history to boot. “We are proud of what we do here,” Kevin says. No corners are cut, they adhere to the strictest of sanitation practices, and are serious about their work. When a customer walks in the door to get a tattoo, they may or may not know what they want. Like a salesman they try to get a sense of direction from the customer as to what piece they might be interested in. Once they have this information they make some suggestions and show the customer what flash they have to offer along these lines.

Any changes or additions the customer wants are gladly accepted. A price is settled on, which is usually not cheap. Next the customer is given the artist’s portfolio to view while they wait for the artist to trace the piece onto another piece of paper with special ink that they can transfer to the skin. Once the copying process is done they go to the room where the act will take place. The customer is asked to sit whatever way, and remove whatever clothing is most convenient for the process. The area the tattoo will be placed is then swabbed several times over with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, green soap, and then water. Next either deodorant or green soap is used to facilitate the transfer of the stencil to the skin. If the recipient agrees upon the position then the tattoo

begins. The tattooist sets up his small capfuls of ink and begins with linework. Once the outlines are established the color is filled in. The customer is allowed as many breaks as they need, and once finished the piece is sanitized again with green soap or in some very painful cases, alcohol. Of course no needles are reused, they are always broken and put in a sharps container. The gun is sanitized before and after a tattoo, and gloves are always used, and the seat is cleaned with disinfectant after each tattoo. The men and women who provide this service are exceptionally proud of their work. Not just in general, but personally. In many cases you will find a tattooist will not disturb or alter someone else’s work, just as they would not appreciate the defacement of their own.