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Posts tagged “How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio

Guen Douglas: Flash or Not to Flash?

By Guen Douglas
The other day I posted a question on facebook asking about flash art. I’ve wanted to start compiling a glossary of tattoo terms for clients, but after Googling “flash art” and reading the Wikis and info on the subject I thought to ask my peers what they thought. I found most of the information contradicting and in my opinion, inaccurate…  (more…)


Guen Douglas: How To Avoid Tattoo Plagiarism

By Guen Douglas
It’s been so long since I’ve last written. so much has been going on in my life; a move from Amsterdam’s Salon Serpent to Brighton’s Magnum Opus and a couple of conventions back to back after the move (Brighton and Milan) have kept me busy. But I’m back with a few ideas for upcoming TAM Blogs, so keep posted.

This month’s TAM Blog was inspired by one of my client’s tattoos that keeps being copied…  (more…)


Guen Douglas: The Process of Getting a Custom Tattoo

By Guen Douglas
A fantastic time at the Montreal tattoo convention and a week and a half guest spot Ottawa’s 5-Cents tattoo have inspired me to write about this months topic: Custom Tattoos: The Process…

I had a no-show during my guest spot at 5-Cents. This client had been asking to get tattooed by me for a whole year (since last year’s convention). We emailed back and forth. discussed her idea and she sent me photos of where she wanted it placed. We also both expressed excitement. The last time I heard from her was a week before the appointment. She sent me one final “can’t wait ’til next week” e-mail. The day of the appointment rolled around and there was no sign of her, no email and she did not answer her phone or call me back to ease my worry about her being in a ditch on the highway. Not even for a moment did I think that this client wouldn’t come to her appointment…

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Guen Douglas: How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio

By Guen Douglas
A tattoo artist’s portfolio should play a vital role in how you choose your artist. A portfolio is the way we showcase our work. It is not the end-all-be-all… I have met plenty of fantastic tattooers that rely on publications and word of mouth too, and they don’t update their portfolios as methodically as others. There are many factors that should go into choosing your artist and all of them are important, but for today I’m going to explain how a customer should look through a tattoo portfolio…

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