Oliver Peck: Haters Gonna Hate

Oliver Pecker haters gonna hateBy Oliver Peck(er)

Crash: Everyone who knows O’Peck knows that he lives a rare sort of tattoo life, full of travel, adventure and goddamn great tattoos! He’s going to be sharing some of that with us… But before we even get going, I asked him to make a few comments on his personal experience of doing the Ink Master television show, just to get it out-of-the-way.

Personally, I’ll say that Oliver is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet, in any walk of life, and of ALL the tattooers I know, he’s the guy who should be on TV! A tattooer’s tattooer, bar-none! -C

Oliver Peck: How to start… There’s a question? Well first; I don’t have a television at my house and I haven’t had one, or cable or satellite in over a decade… So my opinion of what is on TV is not really relevant most of the time, but when I was approached to be a judge on Ink Master I had to really think about its, pros and cons, getting paid and exposure, criticism of my peers.

Well, obviously I chose to do it and now I feel I made the right choice, it was an awesome experience, I got paid well. Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and myself all had a great time, we got along well & are all lookin’ forward to doing it again. With my limited knowledge of “Reality TV”, (which most of us know the term “reality” is used loosely), I think it is silly, so my expectations for the outcome of the show weren’t really that high. I also went into this knowing that the show was marketed towards the general public, not the tattooing community.

Of course, I expected haters to voice their opinion, especially from those who like to consider themselves the “tattoo elite.” But anyway, we made the show, we said what we said, I was 100 percent genuine and Nunez, Dave and I did our best to judge what we saw and I am confident that we made the right choice… But I knew that they had a lot of control in the editing so I was concerned on how it would come across in the end.

So I watched the shows and I was pretty happy with the outcome, of course they made it as dramatic as they could and made certain characters play against each other, but overall I thought it was funny and entertaining. Most of the feedback I have gotten from the general public has been positive and the show did great in the ratings hence we are doing a second season…

Now to address the negative feedback I have heard from a few people in the tattoo community, the first thing I need to let you in on (if you didn’t already know) is that this show is not made by tattoo people, and is not marketed to the serious tattoo community. It is a cable TV show for the general public, whether they be tattooed or not.

So you shouldn’t be upset if you don’t like the show… you should just change the channel. I ride motorcycles and love motorcycles more than almost anything in the world and all the motorcycle-themed TV shows fuckin’ suck! So I wouldn’t watch them even if I had TV.

Okay, Dave Navarro! Why is Dave Navarro on the show? What does he have to do with it? Well, it’s a TV game show… You need a host and usually they wanna’ celebrity host, right? So who to choose? I think Dave is an awesome choice, coulda been some lame-ass Joe Rogan type, some pinup/porn chick or who knows what else?!

Dave is a rock star, Janes Addiction! One of my favorite bands; he’s been gettin’ tattooed for over 20 years from Bob Roberts, Mark Mahoney, Greg James, Freddy Negrete etc… That’s bad-ass! He is an artist and a fuckin’ cool dude! He did a great job hosting the show and his part of judging was just as a tattoo collector, he left all the technical shit up to Nunez and myself, if you have a problem with us… Well, so be it.ink-master-video-pic-tam [See the TAM/Ink Master interview VIDEO HERE]

Now on to the contestants… The only problem I had is that they stated these were the top 10 tattooers from all over the world! Well, everyone knows they are obviously not the Top 10. Just the 10 they could get. I know a lot of great tattooers that turned down this show, so they shouldn’t complain about who is on the show. If what you want is better tattooers on the tv shows, then be on it! If not just let it go. The producers obviously want characters that will be good on TV, they want it to be interesting, entertaining, and possibly a little informative for people to watch, which I think it was.

So in closing I will say I am glad that I made the decision to take part in this project and I am lookin’ forward to Season 2 and I can’t wait to see what good and bad tattooers they have lined up to compete! Thank you to all my friends in and out of the tattoo community that support me in this and to all the haters, I understand…

Haters gonna hate!

(Oliver Peck can be found at Elm St. Tattoo in Dallas and True Tattoo in Hollywood.)[divider]

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39 thoughts on “Oliver Peck: Haters Gonna Hate

    1. Well how incredibly simplistic. So its my fault the thing i love and respect most in the world is weakened by my inability to stop such sensationalist, ill informed bullshit from being aired to the masses, by people who have no interest in anything except making money? or is that a little too complicated?

  1. People that hate on others are really just jealous. that rule works in any situation.

    i watched ink master and it didn’t think it was all that bad. There were a few things that i didn’t agree with but you just hit on them.

    Congrats on everything Oliver.

  2. “this show is not made by tattoo people,” Or OWNED by tattoo people. That’s the problem with these shows, or the music industry, or the media, or anything that’s controlled by giant monopolies. Why put money in the pockets of the same sort of people who wouldn’t hire tattooed people to work in their offices? Where wee they when tattooing was still being legalized? Its bullshit. Tell me you could see Sail Jerry or Paul Rogers on a show like this.

    1. Very true, man. That IS at least part of the problem. But consider these few thoughts in addition…most tattooers aren’t even WILLING to truly support tattooer-created projects as it is! Too busy complaining and critiquing, rather than doing, or at least contributing to what others are attempting. That’s a real issue because eventually all tattooers trying to do something worthwhile are either gonna have to give up or look for alternative ways to fund their efforts. (Have you SEEN the Gypsy Gentleman projects? Amazing! Completely tattooer created and funded to get it going. Where’s the money from our own community to help make more?! Well, im thankful Marcus found SOMEONE to support his visionary project; what a shame it’d be for it to have been abandoned because of lack of support, leaving again ONLY non-tattooer created tattoo media!)! So, back to the idea….We won’t even support internal efforts, so in order for anything of real value to be made, it’s gonna need funding. Nothing wrong with that either, by the way. However, If the community stood together and actually put aside petty stuff to work on the bigger picture, together, we’d ALL have a louder voice in how tattooing progresses from here on out; but that’s probably a pipe dream, right? So I think we should be very tactical about maximizing whatever potentials arise…to be as effective as we can, in every way we can. If that means doing a show so at least a FEW worthwhile tattooers become known, and are therefore more able to have influence and be our ambassadors in that world, so be it. I hope, IF more tv shows are indeed going to be made, that at the VERY LEAST we have real tattooers appearing on them…cause if not, all that’s left are hacks…and Tattoo School programs! Which will be coming back.
      Just some random, late night thoughts.

  3. Ink Masters….Pah! Dis-assemble their machines, give them loose needles and a solder set up, have them build up the machine, make some needles and then tattoo themselves. You know, basic apprentice test and should be challenge #1 on season 2.

    I’m sure you had very little to do with setting the assignments Mr. Peck.

  4. I don’t know. I got a machine shop in my garage, could make my own jigs and needles and do build my own machines now and then. But the whole premise that apprentices should learn to do that, nah. Teach them who does it best and get them to support the companies and/or machine builders that do it best (I’d never trade my Incognito machines for anything I could put out) instead of ‘the cheapest supplier’.
    You hit the nail on the head with your observations Crash. Way too much focus on the negative. If all those bitching put all that same effort into supporting tattooer initiated projects maybe the purchasers of tv programming might take notice. Positive energy kind of has a way of doing that just as negative energy leads nowhere.
    At least Mr. Peck is out there keeping tattooing on the minds of the masses (some would think that’s a bad thing) which in turn brings potential clients through the doors of studios. Unless those bitching are doing as least as much as that, all the bitching without alternative ideas just seems like that, bitching.

  5. Let’s be sure to cover the other side, too, alright? There’s a place for complaining! It can generate energy for ACTION! So I don’t want to appear to discount those views, not at all! I SHARE a lot of them at times. But we just gotta’ see how ineffectual it is to do nothing BUT complain, without the committed follow-through of intentional action…to MAKE THINGS BETTER than they are now! And, practically, we have to learn to think and act on a higher level than what already isn’t working, in order to accomplish anything; (This requires work though). Besides, fruitless complaining can only go on so long in a person before they are either engulfed by Virtual isolation caused by such an impenetrable, negative mindset OR until they move beyond. Typically, this leads to the capacity for entirely new perspectives (formally unavailable to the conscious mind) and results in powerfully NEW creative ideas and solutions! With just a little effort, (exercises, you might say), the mind can stretch & change to meet the (relatively SIMPLE) challenges we, the professional tattoo community, are facing.

    That sort of change is profound. 
    All future solutions come from that place.


    (This is probably stupid to include, (yes, I’m a geek!), but I read some great books during the last couple of years that have informed me on these topics. And, honestly, anyone feeling “STUCK” in their current mindset, or wanting/needing new growth and positive change, would benefit from exposure to them…(and others!)
    Be careful though– just reading new things can start a chain-reaction in the mind! That’s what happens when it gets exercised;)

    *Reading recommendations: (want to become an agent of positive change? ‘Cause tattooing NEEDS emerging visionaries, now more than ever.)

    Check out: 
    -Don Beck’s work, “Spiral Dynamics Integral” &/or 
    -Abraham Maslow’s book “Hierarchy of Needs”

     These books provide powerful insights on both individual and group developmental psychologies along with the underlying motivational factors of each. It’s basically a field map of mental/emotional development from infancy to full maturity…and the impact of that growth upon the individual through the course of a lifetime, then, progressively, the cultures made of those individuals, and eventually, the world. Incredible stuff. Two complimentary fields of study, (=PERSPECTIVES), that seamlessly explain stages of cognitive and emotional development from self-absorbed, ego-centricity to group-identity mentalities, and even what lies beyond such roles. And that’s where INTENTIONAL change comes from. It’s in the transition from being self-identified as a perpetual VICTIM of circumstance,(aka- REALITY), to being a co-CREATOR of it! Let’s create our future reality, not simply bemoan the current one.

    (ps: Any tattooer who reads either, (or is ALREADY familiar with them), email me to chat!!)

  6. I felt the show in general was a step in the right direction as compared to what was previously popular. I never saw the show but, I had my ear talked off about it from our customers. The format seems to make sense, through critiques the audience is given the opportunity to see what can go wrong with tattoos and this helps educate the masses. They also took the “Oprah” element out of it where you don’t see a bunch of people crying over their dead friend and the tattoo they just got. In turn I can already see that I’m doing fewer memorial tattoos than I have in the past. I still believe that they continue to make a circus out of the industry and don’t understand why Oliver choose to do this after he went on record stating that our/his world would be better off with out these types of shows. I give thanks to Marcus for making something much more fun and interesting to watch. I hope his vision continues to grow with his project. Thanks to Crash for listing those books, I need to read more stuff like that (currently stuck in a history rut)

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