Walk-In Tattoo

January 22, 2015 by Carl Hallowell in Tradition 0 comments
Walk-In Tattoo


Tribal Tattoo

This customer came in with a misplaced cross and tribal tattoo that was not too well done. He dreamed of a tribal half sleeve but didn’t know how to go about getting it done. I covered the old cross and tribal with a new design; next, I added on down the arm with thick blades of Borneo type tribalism inspired by who else- Mr. LZ…

Throughout the mid to late nineties there was an incredible call for tribalism. Some loved it, some hated it, but every one knew what it was after a while. It was everywhere, from the lower backs of the young ladies to the forearms of roughnecks and firemen. It was emblazoned across car doors, it was borrowed for t-shirt designs and every type of logo imaginable…

I love to sit here by myself and type these thoughts. Is it because I sit with a customer when I go to work? Or am I a born introvert, forced to go in to the social world by my job… I remember when Customer Service was one of my strong points, it was about all i had, haha… Actually the ace up our sleeve at Screamin Mimi was maintaining a sterile practice and advertising that. I am still proud to be a very clean tattooer who understands aseptic technique, cross-contamination, and sterile tattooing.

Being well-rounded as a tattooer used to be imperative. Now, it is almost a demerit, with everyone clamoring to have a distinct style, with art school kids joining the business every day, with internet fashion ruling the whole thing like some perverted mechanical czar… Etc… I guess every generation faces it’s own challenges. And we definitely don’t have it hard compared to those whose names cannot be mentioned here… I cannot advertise those names anymore, of those men I admire so, because I want to help tattooing stay more mysterious in an age of insta-blab… You can be sure they know their names, the others, my peers, my mentors, they know these names… Almost a secret language… A secret handshake… And we use these names against each other, to gain entry into a world or to castigate a ruler, or to diminish the youth, or simply to brag and kiss ass… And we use these names to lift us up, illuminate the way, and to supply our designs, handing them over in a generational chain reaction that has spanned the entire history of American Tattoo Design.

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