(Source: theamericankid, via sassyourpantsoff)
With the popularity of tattooing and the rising awareness that you need a formal education, “tattoo schools” are popping up around the country, guaranteeing they’ll teach you how to tattoo in as little as two weeks. And, of course, it’s a scam.
Here are some photos from one of the bigger tattoo schools in Michigan, and why you can’t trust shit.
A formal apprenticeship takes 3-5 years. During that time you’ll mostly be learning how to eat shit from the established tattoo artists in the shop, cleaning/setting up for them, and generally learning about tattooing. Apprenticeships weed out the weak. Plus, they’re super hard to come by. Tattoo schools are a short cut for those who don’t want to invest in this formal education, or who won’t be accepted. Do you really want to be tattooed by someone who isn’t invested or good enough?
In a formal apprenticeship, you also learn about safety. Why shops shouldn’t have fabric chairs for clients. Why you wear gloves. Most tattoo schools will cover this because of how widely the importance of it is understood, but do you want to trust your body to someone with years of understanding of bloodborn pathogens, HIV, infections, and sanitation—or two weeks?
More importantly, tattoo schools cheapen the value of real artists. Formal apprenticeships are the equivalent to an undergrad. They take the same time commitment and demonstrate the same level of understanding.
You wouldn’t trust a stranger with a calculator to do your taxes. Don’t trust someone with a tattoo machine to do your tattoos unless they have the background and experience to be a tattoo artist.
(Source: b-witched, via habitatbat)
I got my first Tattoo of the Death Hollows for Harry Potter here in Fort Collins all thanks to Joel at Black Atlas Tattoos.
I love it so much :)
Harry Potter Bitch!
The Deathly Hallows. Done at ink-sanity, the Netherlands.
My golden snitch. Done at Mahadeva Custom, by Lessandro Stabel, in Campina Grande, Brazil. Awesome work! I love it so much! I represents me being a huge HP fan, the 7 stars around it are the seven books ans seven horcruxes. Also the snitch in a goal, an objective so it represents my dreams and goals that I want to reach.
My very first tattoo, done by Axel Mercier at New union tattoo studio in Wilmington NC
Harry Potter is something that I share with each of my closest friends all growing up. And Ron and the rest of the Weasely’s are some of my favorite charters from the series. So I felt this was the best way to represent my love for the Harry Potter series and not get one of the tattoos that most people get (not that there is anything wrong with that i just like to be a little different)
“Weasley is our King,
Weasley is our King,
He didn’t let the Quaffle in
Weasley is our King.
Weasley can save anything,
He never leaves a single ring,
That’s why Gryffindors all sing:
Weasley is our King. ”