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Should you tattoo scratchers?

I don't know if anyone else has thought about this or not since I've been working in a solo shop since the issue has come up. I work in an area with a LOT of scratchers and shops with unreputable artists. Many scratchers have come in asking for apprenticeships and, being as polite as I can, I tell them absolutely not, but sometimes they come in asking for tattoos. The one time I did tattoo a scratcher I didn't find out until after I tattooed him that he tattooed out of the house. I felt kind of bad since watching me tattoo could give them ideas of how to tattoo and therefore motivation to tattoo more. I understand that's how a lot of great artists got their start but it seems that the scratchers in my area have no concern for getting better and they're using such bad equipment and bad techniques that they absolutely wrecking people's skin. Some artists got their start tattooing out of the house but that was a long time ago and things have changed to the point where getting a good apprenticeship proves to be the most efficient and safe method for improving. Even though it is, in my opinion, the job of the client to check portfolios so see the quality they are about to receive, I wonder if sometimes people getting tattoos from these individuals might look at the good tattoos the scratchers have and assume they are capable of the same quality. I feel that a certain amount of effort must be put into collaborating with a good artist to get good quality tattoos and scratchers who have no respect for their clientele just haven't earned the right to have great tattoos. I was just wondering if anyone out there refuses service to scratchers. I can definitely see both sides of the argument.


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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

I strongly agree with mr, Mike DeVries...you have to treat them like any other person that just wants a tattoo,it is up to you to give out information... I started tattooing a year ago and yes I do it from home...No I don't do it in my moms kitchen. my pops helped me build a studio specially for tattooing and I do have my bbp, being in an area where theres a shop in every corner is hard to get an apprenticeship, they either hate on the up and comers or wanna charge you a lot and won't teach you crap...I am pretty much self taught but before picking up the machine for the first time, I made sure I knew how to be clean and sterilize everything, I learned about machines and tattoo equipment...and no I did not buy one of those $100 kits... I purchased my machines from bloodhoundirons.com and supplies from tat soul ... my point is,not everyone that starts from home should be called scratchers or get a bad reputation... one year into tattooing and I was just asked to work at a shop. feel free to critique my work on instagram @dannymateo or Facebook.com/itscalledart86 would be an honor if Mike DeVries can criticize my work, thanks!
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

Smh I'm a new artist, I have been very clear to people I'm not professional, but I'm self taught because some fuck tars don't want to pass the baton.... just selfish. I hear a lot of complaining but not seeing any real artist teaching any new ones, you have to be hazed damn near just to learn.... so I say quit bitchin and start teaching people, it's a two way street, if I ask for help maybe consider giving it before sending some idiot out into the world with wrong info. And eventually someone will be better... that's just life.
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

Hey guys. I am an at home artist or "scratcher" so to speak. I understand the stigma torwards them, but what about ones that try to do things the right way? I've been studying tattooing for a few years now (3 this november) and actaully tattooing just about a year. I run as safe and sanitary operation as possible, am bbp certified, and even first aid certified.
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

We need to go back to the old days of breakin thumbs with hammers. Ah, musta been nice
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

Hey, i look at it this way why not if they are paying for it hell yeah. never turn money away i don't care how big you make it in life if you tattoo then tattoo. it doesn't matter if they are a scratcher or a pig. money is money. that being said i know a lot of guys don't want a scratcher to see how you tattoo but really does it matter to a scratcher, i think not. they are gonna do it anyway. so let them see how a professional does it. maybe they will learn they need to change their game up to become higher rank in scratcherville. or has no one ever thought that maybe just maybe they are trying to get out of being a scratcher or just wants to have nice work on them by someone they look up to. humans are so quick to call people out and not care for each other and that doesn't make us better then anyone. we all will die someday. so why not be known as a stand up guy and take pride in yourself. so when you do go, not one person can say that you where a dick. besides do you really think that you have this great secret of tattooing that no one else has. if so i will let you in on a little secret a thousand guys just googled it and now you tube is being flooded. lol. this wasn't meant for any certain person just my two cents worth. but as i say be professional and don't worry about what the next guy is doing . makes you a better person and in turn people will want to be around you ... or you will become one of them because you cant make money because you where a dick. lol
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

This is my issue, alot of artist now like to trash anyone who wants to get into the industry, i did my learning while in japan in the military from a great artist named hiroshi. I went in and spent a few grand getting tattoed by him then asked to learn. Unlike american artists who love to talk shit he was humble polite and educated. I do not work in a shop but i have my own private studio. I have all my certs and licences and could care less what some self titled professional artists think. Iv been around shops in my area and quite honestly i have no idea how some of the so called artists pass their certifications much less the shop passing. Im not the type of person to run my mouth im humble and i admit i could do things better but thats part of the learning process, please get over yourselves stop trashing others when some of the so called pros work looks like a 12 year old scribbled it on. I cant say it enough people need to get there head out of there ass and help each other, if you cant do that well your just contributing to the problem not solving a damn thing.
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RE:Should you tattoo scratchers?

Hey there ,Hhilkirk23 nicely said, i think the best part of what you said is about your mentor. being humble, polite, educated. to many times we get into this zone of feeling superior and it reflects badly to the public. i have learned through the years to treat all my clients as family and with giving them respect, i have never lost a client i dont push them for money, i work with them to get a tattoo that they love. and if they come in just to talk i give them some time. yesterday i had two young ladies come in and asked about piercings. which i dont do. but by telling them about a great shop that does do that, they came back a hour later with another lady and all of them got tattoos. they said it was because i was honest with them and that they could tell that i cared enough to send them in the right direction. now they are coming back today for more work. so i just got three more loyal clients just for being nice. so i agree with you 100%.being humble and polite is the only way to be. your mentor would be proud. by the way they forgot all about the piercings. lol . so keep up the good attitude and you will go far ...
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