Tattoo Artist Magazine

Myke=profileBy Myke Chambers Sorry if I sound like a dick, (because I’m really not) but sometimes I’m blown away by how blind people are when it comes to tattoos. I know my tattoos aren’t the best, and they are not perfect, but the crap some people think are good tattoos is insane... One major problem is sometimes people think because you are a good artist it automatically means that you are also a good tattooer. I see it time, and time again, where a tattooer does some amazing drawings/paintings but can't put in solid color or hold a steady clean line to save their fucking life! And I’m not talking about new tattooers either, I’m talking about tattooers that have been at it for years. Secondly, these tattooers that are messing these people up and 9 times out of 10 think their tattoos are actually good, so they keep at it. One of the main reasons is they have the people on the internet commenting about how great their tattoos are. And they have clients leaving thinking they got an awesome tattoo, but it's like rewarding bad behavior, so-to-speak... So these tattooers have no reason to get better because obviously they’re The Shit… wrong. This type of behavior will only hurt a tattooer. We have to be able to tell people…"Sorry, but that kinda sucks.” It may hurt but it will drive them to get better. I know from experience. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS PEOPLE Around six years ago I had been tattooing for about 11 years. 11 years! I told myself, "I'm a tattooer, and I'm  good, so fuck you." I “thought” my tattoos were good and there wasn’t anything left for me to learn. Ha! It was exactly that mentality that kept me from growing. I was wrong. Around that same time a few tattooers that I respected told me I should stop tattooing and stop fucking people up. I was devastated. I almost quit tattooing. I looked at my tattoos from then, and realized they were right. I sucked… My whole life, all I knew was tattooing. What the fuck was I gonna do? Lay down and die? No… I was stronger than that. One thing was clear, I had to start all over. What I had been doing all those years was wrong. It was at that point that I learned humility and became teachable… I was ready to learn. The rest is history. Today I know that I’m not the shit, I’m not a rockstar, and there’s always room to grow… may I remain teachable until the day I die. (Myke can be found on the road and at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia, PA.)

Written by 24471382 — July 20, 2011

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