Anonymous asked: Hi. Not too sure if you had tattoed or design "I'm searching for paradise" written arround a globe,but I will love to get it for myself,would you mind? :)
I tattooed and designed it. No you can’t get it tattooed, sorry
Anonymous asked: i can't eat or sleep or concentrate or get out of bed. im missing school and my grades are dropping and my college apps are due soon but i dont have the motivation to do anything. im going insane and i dont know what to do. i can't go to the doctor because im not insured and i literally have no money nor do my parents. idk what to do and im literally going insane and killing myself.
Your not even in college yet? I tried offing myself a few times around that age. Luckily my body is a lot tougher than I thought it was and I’m still around. Right now my life is perfect and I couldn’t be happier, I walk to work everyday and feel like I have the world at my feet. I’m only 25, so in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t long ago when I didn’t think I could get any lower. I know it’s shit, nothing I say is going to make you think otherwise. But one day the way you feel now will just be a distant memory and you won’t be able to understand how you could feel like this. It sounds shit but you really just have to keep going. You’ll be fine, I promise
fleetstreetdemon asked: hey! just stumbled onto your blog and i'm pretty impressed, after seeing your work floating around it's nice to find the artist himself haha. do you have any advice for a young person like myself who's keen to be apprenticed? how did you get into the business? if you don't mind me asking, that is
Hey, thank you :)
I pretty much had to force my way in. Getting an apprenticeship is pretty hard unless you have an amazing portfolio of drawings/paintings (which I didn’t.) I basically started out by making friends with some guys at a shop and hanging out there every day until I was the shop boy. They’d get me running errands, answering phones and talking to customers. Was just a little street shop and I ended up getting some good references and moved about a bit. Wasn’t until I was in my fourth studio that I started tattooing. Then I just had to figure it out by myself because I worked for a tosser who would never come in.
My best advice is to just build a really strong portfolio, get tattooed by lots of people and go to as many conventions as possible.
the80k asked: I started following you years ago, and haven't been on your page for awhile till today. I must say your shit has improved so much, excellent work sir.
Ah thank you! It hasn’t come easy but I’m working my ass off to get better
Anonymous asked: What was your very first tattoo you had done on you? How old where you? May we see it?
I had the Rathbone family coat of arms at the top of my right arm ln my 18th birthday. It’s pretty scarred and shit, and I’ve actually done the same tattoo on my Dad and Brother now.
Ill eventually get my right arm Laserd off to make way for a new sleeve and that will be taken off to.
Anonymous asked: Is it unacceptable to be a tattoo artist and not have any tattoos? Its something I really want to do but I'm terrified of needles. I could handle using them on others but not having one used on me.
Yes it is unacceptable. If its something you were genuinely interested in you’d get tattooed yourself. It should be your passion, not just something you have seen on the TV and thought “oh that looks cool I really wanna do that.” Fucking bollocks. Not to mention if you went into any studio and told them your intentions you would be laughed out the door.
I don’t like needles. My customers don’t like needles. It’s something you get over because tattoos are worth it.
balls to that, do whatever the fuck you want to do! if you want to put your art on other people who want it on their body you do it, why should you care what other people think in an industry that is all about giving two fingers to that! :) wish anyone the best of luck in doing whatever they want to do. x
No, do not just do whatever you want. The world does not work that way. If you want to make a living permanently altering people’s bodies than you should be ready to go through the same.