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The Old School Code of Conduct

By Bob Done

Reblogged from: http://www.swallowsndaggers.net

At a time when new Tattoo Studios are popping up in towns faster and more frequently than ever, I thought it would be cool to have a chat with my mentor and 20 year veteran of the craft Phil Kyle about the situation we find ourselves collectively in, and what it was like for him “back in the day”.

This is the slightly edited version because I don’t think the internet was, nor will it ever be ready for the original.

BD – Ok, what’s your name and how long have you been tattooing for?

PK – Phil Kyle, been tattooing 21 years and been getting tattooed for almost 30 now.

Where did you start tattooing?

I served my apprenticeship at Main Street Tattoo just outside of Baltimore Maryland in Edgewood. I started actually tattooing when my mentor thought it was the right time.

How many shops were in town when you first started tattooing?

 2 at most, unlike today’s carnival.

And what was the relationship like between those shops and yours?

People just did their work and got on with it.

And what would have happened if someone else moved into town and opened up a shop?

(Laughing) Well…….Back then they would’ve got a warning, and if they ignored the warning there would’ve been some action. They’d have their equipment taken maybe, or you know… But the fact was that people with no morals or ethics got served the fuck up. It’s not like today where assholes open up one street over. What’s the fucking point? And they don’t even have the nut sacks to come say, “Hey I’m opening up”, or whatever. Like we did. It’s like fast food chains popping up everywhere. Serving total shit! (laughing) People that should just be clients are opening up shops. If they really loved tattooing they should just stick to getting tattooed, and not try to be some hipster cool guy who couldn’t tattoo their way out of a paper bag. These are the people that talk way too much trash too, if they could run their tattoo machines the way they run their mouths maybe they could actually tattoo.
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Alex Reinke (Horikitsune) London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Uncle Allan London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Paul Dobleman London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Chriss Dettmer London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Victor Policheri London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Liorcifer London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Jess Yen London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Stewart Robson London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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David Tevenal London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Angelique Houtkamp London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

Angelique Houtkamp London Tattoo Convention Interview – Tattoo Artist Magazine from Luke Holley on Vimeo.

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Phil Kyle London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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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…)


Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part II

By Phil Kyle
So a few days later it’s off to Milan tattoo convention… The 17th edition, already! This is another one of my favorite convention because you get to see everyone and yet again… another great time. This convention is always packed with kick-ass artists, the attendance is unreal and it’s placed perfectly for folks from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France to get there fairly easy… (more…)


Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part I (VIDEO)

By Phil Kyle
So I got to Brighton on the 26th of February.  The day after was the Magnum Opus pre-tattoo convention party. There was a shit-ton to do in that short time.Had to haul my drum set over to the Prince Albert where the party was..had to pack for the Brighton convention… had to get prints made etc… You know, all that last-minute shit… (more…)


Phil Kyle: Operation Education

By Phil Kyle
I am going to touch base on the subject. All you folks out there allowing your “friends” to “tattoo” you with dodgy equipment and NO EXPERIENCE or PROPER TRAINING need to wake up… along with the folks that are scarring you up! You think they are doing you a favor because they are giving you a shitty tattoo or hepatitis? You think they have an autoclave? Or spray down the area and materials after tattoo with Trigene? Or pay (like I do) for biohazard pick-up every week? Fuck no… They probably have four needles that came with the kit they bought online… What a treat…

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Crystal Morey Chats with the Versatile Guen Douglas

By Crystal Morey
Guen Douglas has been turning heads and helping others turn heads with her eclectic tattoo work for over six years and on several different continents. Her name, as well as her work, keeps popping up all over the tattoo network and justifiably so… In a very short time (according industry standards) she’s developed a signature style and has mastered the art of creating tattoos that are not just artistically aesthetic, but truly enhance the overall appearance of her customers… (more…)


Phil Kyle: Perfect Your Craft and Destroy the Circus

By Phil Kyle
It’s hard to know where to start here seeing the state of things… So just going to play it by ear and have a bit of a rant while stating proper facts on things happening to our craft… not industry. An “industry” is a factory in China making and selling shitty equipment to sell on eBay…

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Xam Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

Phil Kyle: Would you recommend an apprenticeship to people knowing how difficult that is to do on your own?

Xam: Totally and definitely. It’s the only way. Not anyone can do it. Not everyone deserves it, people will still try it, like I did… Call me selfish if you want but there are too many of us now. It’s out of control. Some will fail and most will keep doing shit forever. And that’s it really… (more…)


Guen Douglas: What Do You Want to Talk About?

By Guen Douglas
Your “not a manifesto” post lit a little fire under me. Ha-ha
All this hoopla about TLC’s new show has really had me thinking about a project I’ve wanted to start for a long time, and with everyone all fired-up, I’m hoping some of you may want to help out…

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Brighton Tattoo Convention: On the Road from the United Kingdom

By Kent

Here I am again, doing the airport shuffle. Those old familiar feelings of anxiety and excitement brew as I get ready for my first international trip of the year. I hate airports, flying, leaving my family and home, but I love new places and people so I deal… (more…)


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