Deb Yarian On the Pain of a Tattoo

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By Deb Yarian I've heard it over and over again from my customers - The more they get tattooed, the more it hurts, and I've thought about it and experienced it myself. I don't think it's my imagination. Each time I get tattooed it does seem to hurt way more than

Deb Yarian on Zeke Owen

I saw him before I found out who he was. A striking figure of a man... He was movie star handsome with the physique of a boxer.It was 1980.  I was 21 and tattooing at a friend's shop in Daytona Beach, Fla.We weren't introduced but when I was told who he

Deb Yarian: What’s in a Name?

By Deb Yarian The first thing out of my mouth when a couple says " We've decided to have a baby " is usually "Congratulations" not " What happens if you get a divorce?"

I wish as many obstetricians counseled their patients against having babies using the same reasoning as some tattooers

The Evolution of Tattooing on TV – As I See It

By Deb Yarian www.eaglerivertattoo.com I grew up watching TV- I loved it! I'm past middle age now, so I was a child when TV was still fairly young and I still remember when television was broadcast only in B & W. I also remember when there were only 7 channels (and this was

Flattery, Thievery, Or Just Plain Business?

By Deb Yarian www.eaglerivertattoo.com Almost daily, people come in to my shop with drawings or illustrations that they want tattooed on them. More times than not they get them on line- Pinterest or another source, without a clue as to who the original artist is. Now I am not speaking of a photo of

So You Wanna Be A Tattoo Artist?

By Deb Yarian My recent, internationally distributed book (ha ha), "So You Want To Be A Tattoo Artist?"- Helpful hints on getting started in an exciting career as a tattoo artist, with little or no training or skill, caused quite a furor in the tattoo world. Both seasoned and novice tattooers alike,

Lessons From Ink Smith & Rogers: Week 2

By Deb Yarian In my last installment of Lessons from Inksmith and Roger's week 1, I explain that I had the pleasure of sending my second son, Nick, having just finished up an apprenticeship at our family shop in Alaska, to the world famous Inksmith and Roger's Tattoo in Jacksonville, Florida

Lessons from Ink Smith and Rogers: Week 1

By Deb Yarian As a young tattooer I didn't have a formal apprenticeship. Like many of my contemporaries, I went to work too early, as the means for another's source of income. Through fortunate circumstances though, I formed a lifelong friendship with Eric Inksmith, and was blessed to have Paul Rogers,

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

By Brynne Palmer I have been so fortunate to meet some amazing people in the tattoo industry, and one of them I really look up to is Debra. She’s been tattooing for longer than I’ve been alive, and her accomplishments in her work and family life are truly impressive. Her demeanor

Molly Skobba: Brynne Palmer

By Molly Skobba I have not known Brynne Palmer for a long time, but I feel like I’ve known her for years already. I attribute that to her sweet and open personality. Her sunny disposition immediately puts you at ease and any intimidation seems to melt away. Brynne has been tattooing for