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Dan Henk: What’s Wrong With the Whole ‘Tattoo Artist’ vs. ‘Tattooer’ Crap

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By Dan Henk People love clichés. They love to pick apart their coworkers and neighbors. One of the many, many little schools of dissension in tattooing tends to be the “tattoo artist” versus the “tattooer” label. Some circles, especially those who focus on old-school, have decided that “tattoo artist” is a pejorative. There is a whole list of complaints I’ve heard regarding anything that doesn’t look like a traditional tattoo. Everything from ”that won’t hold up over time,” to “that doesn’t look like a tattoo” to “anyone who wants to be called a tattoo artist is a pretentious hipster, this is a noble working class profession like pipe fitting or blacksmithing…”  Read More »

Dan Henk: Sometimes The Old-Timers Are Right

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By Dan Henk When I first started tattooing, the industry seemed to be breaking new ground. People like Guy Aitchison, Tom Renshaw and Aaron Caine were redefining what could be done with the form. It was an exciting time. I had been to art school, was doing album covers for bands, illustrations for a few clubs and magazines, and I finally saw that tattooing could be as detailed and complex as any other medium. I had interviewed with DC Comics, and Penguin books and both were very restrictive… Read More »

Dan Henk: The Horror Convention

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By Dan Henk Horror has been around a long, long time. The early fairy tales were much darker than their current Disney-fied versions. The primal gods of ancient civilizations endured lives filled with maniacal beasts, surreal landscapes and an ever-changing world of magic and dark sorcery. The oral traditions of early man’s forefathers always had an element of horror…  Read More »

Dan Henk: Ink Master

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By Dan Henk So, let’s talk about the new tattoo show, Ink Master. It was originally pitched to me (as I’m sure it was to several artists) by a lady named Lisa. She said, and this is an almost direct quote, “We have people on this show like Jeff Gouge and Guy Aitchison. That’s who we’re talking to. Do you think you can compete?”  Read More »

Dan Henk: Haters

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By Dan Henk I remember when I was 13. I had just gotten out of my Huey Lewis and The News, Tears For Fears, juvenile musical tastes. I was now into “hair metal.” Ratt. Quiet Riot. Def Leppard. I thought that stuff was so much cooler, and couldn’t believe I’d liked things like the Dire Straights. Then, a little over a year later, I got three albums all at once. Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, Megadeth’s Peace Sells, and Slayer’s Hell Awaits. I was floored, immediately switched over to trash-metal, grew my hair out, and became a little northern Florida deviant. I wouldn’t admit I had listened to anything else. At 16, in my new school in northern Virginia, I heard Black Flag. My whole world changed… Read More »

Dan Henk: Parasites of the Industry

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By Dan Henk I want to start out by being very clear that it is not all of them… not all, but there are way too many, and they are like a parasite in the business. What am I talking about? These people who don’t tattoo, yet have their sticky fingers in the business… Read More »

Dan Henk: It Really Doesn’t Help to Be an Arrogant Little Fuck

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By Dan Henk This industry has been around a long time. People come in from many different angles, some just want to make a living and there is certainly a place for that. Others are artistic geniuses, and there is a place for that as well. The vast majority fall in the mid-ground. All are welcomed, as long as they approach it with the right attitude… And if you can do a good, clean tattoo… Read More »

Dan Henk: Why Tattoo School is Such a Bad Idea

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By Dan Henk Looking from the outside in, tattooing doesn’t look that difficult. If it’s not that difficult, you learn the basics and you are good to go, right? Hell, if half the people on TV can do it, an actual school should be able to teach the essentials in two weeks! College courses take a good four years. If you want to go into a more advanced profession, you are in for an even longer ride. I don’t think anyone would trust a doctor that went to a two-week school… Read More »

Jack Rudy Speaks Out Against TLC’s, Tattoo School

[*Editor’s Note* Mr. Rudy graciously permitted TAM to re-print his statement on the TAM Blog. The statement appears exactly the way it is found on Jack Rudy’s Facebook page.] Jack Rudy “Good Time Charlies Tattooland” Official Statement Re: TLC’s show Tattoo School I think this new tattoo school show that TLC is about to launch is the biggest bunch of bullshit I have ever heard in my 36 years of tattooing. I guess it’s not bad enough that tens of thousands of unqualified, untutored, “wanna be” tattooers have flooded this industry largely due to the bullshit tattoo shows that have already been on TV for years, because they inadvertently encourage people to get in to tattooing by making it look infinitely easier than it actually is… Read More »

Eric Jones Talks Tattoos and Vietnamese Bars with Horitaka

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By  Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura A few words with Professor Eric Jones… HT: How do you feel about Vietnamese bars? EJ: How do I feel about Vietnamese bars? Since you were the first to show me, it has a soft spot in my heart. It might be hard in other places… Read More »