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Anonymous:I've been tattooing for 8 years, my designs have developed from my lifetime love of art, i was always drawing as a kid. I built my first machines when i was 14, started on pig skin, and learnt all i could, but there were'nt any tattooists anywhere near me, and even if there was, there's no way i could have afforded apprenticeship costs like they are now. So why are there loads of people giving me flak just because they did an apprenticeship and i didn't - some of the best artists in the world are self taught, yet i've still got idiots on other sites i've posted in giving me all this hate because i didn't do what they did - it's sad, unecessary, and detracts from the community as a whole - I'm sure there are great and bad self taught & apprenticed artists out there - what's with all the war?
Anonymous:I wouldn't worry too much about it although I can imagine that it gets to you. At the end of the day the only thing that counts is the quality of your work. I am surprized about this though, I would have thought in the tattoo business it's a little more flexible when it comes to HOW one has learned it all. As long as you have something to show, and YOU know you're good at it keep your head up
Anonymous:I agree - I've got a friend who's been a tatooist for years, and never served as an apprentice, and i also know his apprentice - back before there were apprenticeships, people had to learn somehow - now I'm not saying that every idiot who'd like to carve something into someone else should just go for it, but if someone loves art, has practised their skills as an artist, and slowly develops their talent towards tattooing, that person should be supported rather than harrassed. If the person's taking the time to learn about hygiene, sterilisation, aftercare, and technique, then fair play to them I say - best of luck and i hope you have a rewarding career. I don't think it's so much about whether someone's had an apprenticeship or not as it is about how talented someone is as an artist, and how willing they are to learn all the various things that go into being a professional tattooist.
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