As it turns out I CAN’T please everyone all the time. Lately I’ve been getting a lot more large pieces and while I love working this way, it does mean a bit more homework on my part. As it goes, I just can’t give 100% to every tattoo if I continue to jump on every tattoo that walks in the door. So for the foreseeable future I will be focusing a lot more on giving my attention to the work that I feel I can really throw myself in to. Honestly, I get a lot of people referred to me that are looking for a tattoo “that anyone can do” since some of the other artists at the shop are booked out further.
Often, I hear in the shop that a person will ask an artist about a tattoo, that artist will talk to them, give them their advice and then book them into my schedule me since I have “availability” first. Without pointing fingers, this is seldom true and relative to how full someone considers their schedule to be. I have a family, school and other work outside of the tattoo shop. Sometimes they are just tattoos that other people don’t want to do and then refer me to keep the work in the shop. Ability to complete these jobs comes at the expense of the customers who want work that are interested in my artwork and want something original that only I can do.
Strangely enough, I have an opinion about what a tattoo should be or look like that is probably not the same as anyone else’s and I feel that I often get committed before I even have a chance to offer an opinion or tell a person whether or not it is something I am into. I just have no passion about the process really when I am chosen because a customer can’t wait for what they really want, nor do I have any when the customer asks me for something which I believe will not be a good tattoo. I CAN do anything, possibly I HAVE done everything, I’ve got 10 years experience in this industry and I am no longer waiting around for the honor of tattooing a few words on the next person that walks through the door. There are no tribal or writing tattoos in my portfolio because I don’t think they make good life long decisions as tattoos. That’s not to say there are no good ones, but mine definitely do not have the same energy and grace as say a more graphic piece would. Sorry, but if I think that I can not send you out the door as a more visually interesting person to look at than you were when you walked in, then it is probably a job that I will not take.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to work with you, just that the project in question is not for me. While I do think that everyone should be able to choose their artist, they should do so based on style and consider heavily whether or not the artist is into the piece. You may be paying and waiting,for something no better than you could get from someone else who is really into it and would love to do it.
At the end of the day, I want to give, and I want my customers who I am tattooing to feel like they are getting 110%. I want every piece to go into my portfolio and I want YOU to have a conversation piece that will last a lifetime and reads from across the room, in any position. Thank you for understanding.