There are a ton of amateurs out there purporting to be tattoo artists. Don’t be fooled and go to someone you’re going to regret. And if you are one of those amateurs, stop ruining the art for the rest of us. I’ve been a professional artist for years and it grinds my gears when someone opens shop next to me, claims to be a pro, and churns out just the worst, generic ‘art’ that I’ve ever seen. I’m a pacifist, or I’d be a bit more up in their faces. Anyway, you can tell by the equipment they use, oftentimes. I only use the best professional tattoo kits and these little kids are using what looks like toy plastic stuff.
Getting a good gun is not only about spending the most money, you can shop for discount tattoo supplies. Often they’re discounted not because they’re worse quality but maybe there’s an overstock, or you’re buying right from the manufacturer and you’re getting a wholesale price. That’s the trick. A good source for these types of bargains is TheLaShop.com, I’ve always been really happy with the supplies they’ve sold me. That’s one of the reasons it’s so difficult to see these kids messing up so bad, it’s not like it’s that hard to do it right. It’s an art that has to be done right by everyone who says they do it, or the entire industry loses its credibility and that affects me, and my colleagues who are actually doing quality work.
We can’t be having that. Now I’m not going to get into threatening or anything like that, but I’m not also going to tolerate this kind of shoddy work being written up as tattoo artistry. I don’t want to start any wars, I’d really much rather help the young guys get better and be more pro. But they have to want the help first.