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Flattery, Thievery, Or Just Plain Business?

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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 an existing tattoo done by a known to you, or unknown to you tattoo artist. My question is – as a tattooer, is it my responsibility to search for the artist, contact them and ask for their permission to do a tattoo based on or directly from their artwork? I ask this question because i’ve read a few blogs and articles on the subject of plagiarism recently regarding tattoos, and it started affecting how I do business… Case in point- a girl came in to my shop to make an appointment- she has with her a line drawing of flowers surrounded by Victorian scrollwork. It’s a lovely design that I would enjoy tattooing. I ask her if she drew it? To which she replies, “No, I found it on Pinterest.” So I delve deeper. I ask if there was a signature or credit given to an artist?  Was she able to track back to an original post? But she had no idea who drew it, if it was drawn to be tattooed (which it looks like) which would lead me to believe that it was drawn by a tattooer. Now, I have in my mind that ... Read More »

Guen Douglas: Flash or Not to Flash?

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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…  Read More »

Guen Douglas: How To Avoid Tattoo Plagiarism

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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…  Read More »

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