Tattooing From Life DVD : Death In Bloom
By Jared Preslar
Investing in ones self...
For years I have been purchasing instructional DVDs from amazing artists and I have always been very appreciative of their willingness to share information. I started my apprenticeship in 1994 with an artist who was self taught; as you could guess this was a very frustrating journey and my mentor did not have much to offer. I would ask questions and get answers back like “I don’t know how Filip Leu gets such large smooth gradients”. He did not have the answers to what I wanted to know. This method of apprenticeship was not ideal at all, and consequently it took me many extra years to learn what I could have learned in half the time had I searched out the proper experienced mentor.In the meantime, I started getting on forums, talking to artists, and compiling pages and pages of conversations containing helpful information. I was so grateful to be getting some sort of help, even if it wasn’t from my mentor, because other artists from the forums, DVDs, seminars, and books ended up becoming my mentors. I started seeing that anyone could attain this information as long as they had the patience, motivation, and discipline to receive it. My mentor however, was not one of these people, and wanted me to share all of the information I was obtaining through my hard work and perseverance. I thought about this for awhile, and decided I was not willing to share with someone who was not willing to invest in themselves and take the time just like I was. If someone is not willing to take the time, spend the money to travel etc, then they are where they are because they have created that reality. Successful people, not just financially, have worked very hard to be where they are and in my experience they are always continuing to learn. Continuing education is key in any profession. www.tattooeducation.com are pioneers in this field of sharing within our industry and I highly recommend taking a look at the sites educational material; it has helped me a lot over the years. To this day, I still spend the money to purchase the DVDs, books, webinars by TattooNow.com, and travel to seminars. I will never stop doing this, as I believe a person should improve every year, and if not then they are doing something wrong. In the past couple years I have started getting a lot of questions about my process, pigments, etc. which led to formulating a plan to create a DVD to answer these questions. I have no problem sharing this information with artists whom are willing to learn and improve. I do not believe myself to be some all knowing amazing artist, I would just like to give back, as others have done for me over the years. www.luckybambootattoo.com/store.html and will be for sell at a couple of the reputable supply companies very soon. Happy Continued Education, Sincerely, Jared Preslar