Well, folks another Summer is upon us if we can just get through all this strange Spring weather.
As some of you may have heard, I quit tattooing. Well, not exactly. I really just stepped back from inkin' the public and focused on deciding what I really want to do with my (tattooing) art in addition to drawing and painting.
Of all the disciplins of art I work in, tattooing is the most recent (started in '03). It's what's allowed me to live in NY without working at McDonalds while I pursue a career as a painter and illustrator. Initially, tattooing was only meant to keep the lights on. I never really had any aspirations to do much more with it. It wasn't until working at One Stroke in Queens that I really started loving the art of tattooing.
Unfortunately, since the shop closed a few years back, it's been a major challenge finding another spot that reignites that flame for me. After being on staff at shops all over the city (Bklyn Ink, Ring Leaders, Archer Ink, Think Before You Ink, and even my own shop with a friend in the BX), not really finding a comfortable fit, I've decided to do what I said I did not want to do and thas run my own shop.
Sooo, this Summer I'm converting a spare room into a tattoo studio and opening my own private (appointment only) studio in Brooklyn, where I live. No more 3 hr/day trips way out of reach of my valued BK clients. Now, my (VIP) Clients can relax in a comfortable plush environment with all the amenities of home while receiving top notch work, and treatment from a world class artist.
However, my minimum is now $200. This is so that the less serious tattoo enthusiast is discouraged from wasting my time and their's. I can make individual considerations, for individual cases, though. I still offer home visits and tattoo parties for those interested.
I look forward to a fantastic Summer as I hope you are as well, and maybe we'll meet on the beach or ball court one day showing off nice ink.
Take care of yourselves, folks.