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Debra Yarian: So You Want To Be A Tattoo Artist…


By Debra 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, voiced outrage and indignation. At what started out as a joke between my oldest son and me and then evolved into a satirical corporate style handbook. While I understand that people are protective about what they are infatuated with, involved in and devoted to -I was still surprised and amused at the anger expressed by my critics .Fortunately there were far greater positive responses & most of my friends and peers , those whom I respect— got it -and appreciate the humor. So I’ve decided to take this opportunity to share a part of my book here, and then I’ll stray from its sarcasm and approach the subject seriously… Read More »

Tattoo Culture Issue 4: AVAILABLE NOW!!!

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TCM Issue 4 available now!! Paul Booth, Miss Arianna, Dong Dong, Tattoo Archive, Tattoo History, Debra Yarian, Sean Herman, Needles and Sins, Pep Williams, Bro Safari, Artist Galleries and more… Available in the app store here: For all other devices: Read More »

Lessons From Ink Smith & Rogers: Week 2

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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 for what many would consider a chance of a lifetime and a great opportunity for a brand new tattooer. Read More »

Debra Yarian Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #33 Interview Preview


(Interview by Dawn Cooke) Dawn Cooke: What was your first tattoo? Debra Yarian: I wish I could remember the name.  It was a name on an older Mexican man’s hands, at a flea market in Phoenix, Arizona.  We were on our way back to California and he had a step van there that he had converted into a tattoo shop.  At the time people would set up on the weekend and tattoo at this flea market.  I mean, Peter’s Tattoos – who was Peter Poulos, a legitimate shop – would set up at the flea market too…  Read More »

Debra Yarian: Not My Gift To You


By Debra Yarian We are constantly being asked by people, how either they or their family members can “get in to tattooing?” How they can obtain a license, open a shop, get a job and so-on and so-on and so-on. In recent years I’ve had more and more people indignantly explain, that even though they or their relatives really want to become tattooists, nobody will teach them! This is often at our initial introduction…  Read More »

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