63-year-old famous American tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw has retired 15 years ago, but his experience will always be alive in the field of tattoo art. Not long ago his new memoir was published, where he shared some more wisdom about getting a tattoo in an ink-obsessed world.
Shaw writes that he had very different clients in his life: cops, criminals and, of course, many celebrities. Some famous names include Johnny Depp, The Cure, The Velvet Underground, The Pogues, The Ramones, Marilyn Manson, Jim Jarmusch, Johnny Winter, Kate Moss, and Tupac Shakur.
Shaw still finds himself to be one of the most respected legends in the field despite leaving it 15 years ago. So, here are some pieces of advice to those who want to surprise their body with a lifelong art. Those tips might seem obvious and boring to everyone, but they are really important as it is a serious decision.
#1 Think twice before you get a tattoo
Go deep into your heart, dreams and soul. You have to dig out your hidden wishes and desires. Tattoo will be with you through your life. Approach the choice responsibly. Get inspired. Only then the result will satisfy you and not only immediately but forever.
#2 Find the right person to do the job
The real tattoo artist is not multifunctional. He/she specializes on a certain type of pictures. Some do portraits, some tribal-style or traditional Americana tattoos or maybe smth else. The point is that you should not go to make a tribal tattoo to an artist who specialises on portraits for example.
#3 Don’t bring your friends to a consultation with an artist
Leave them all alone at home or anywhere else. You and only you will carry this tattoo on your skin. You don’t need any suggestions from the side. It’s like bringing someone with you to an appointment with a doctor.
#4 Good tattoo is not cheap, cheap tattoo is not good
You should remember that there is no bargaining possible if you are aiming to get a good tattoo. There are so many people offering their services in this field as the industry has largely developed over the past year. But the good quality work is still expensive, be ready for that.