Posts Tagged ‘wilmington tattoo’

Communication – The best way…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

With today’s means of communication, there’s numerous ways to get in touch with friends, family and businesses alike. Several online platforms are available at the ready to communicate, but make it almost improbable to make sure you actually *get* your message to someone unless you actually talk to them face to face or on the phone – especially businesses. Between fielding emails, web inquiries, texts, DM’s through Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, it can be laborious to keep track of the daily inquiries we get here at the shop. While all these means are great and convenient, the best way to communicate with your tattooer will always be face to face conversations.

Nine times out of ten, when corresponding with a client (or potential client) via cyberspace, we always ask if you’re local and if so, if you could come into the shop at your convenience. The reason we do this is so that we can meet you, see physical examples of your ideas, see the placement that we’ll be tattooing and/or the other tattoos we may be working around/with. This face to face consultation goes a long way in making sure we know exactly what you’re wanting to do with your new tattoo and that we execute our design for you correctly and in an adequate window of time as it pertains to your appointment date and time.

There are always exceptions to the rule however. Smaller and/or “canned” designs, may not need a face to face consultation. Folks from out of town or even out of state may not have the means to come in for said consultations, we get it. However, if you’re local and have the means to make it by before your appointment, or to talk about an idea for a tattoo, by all means, please stop by! See ya at the shop.

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Building Relationships Through Blood and Ink

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Tattoos are more than ink in skin. They are a representation of self; a symbol of remembrance: of time, place, and a representation of who we were at that exact moment in our life. The relationship between tattooer and customer is just as important as the piece of art that walks out of the tattoo shop.

Every city has its fair share of shops and talented artists, and along with the growing number of people entering the industry, egos have begun to pop up and/or remain prevalent. But along with this newly termed “tattitude,” remains the true tattooer who respects tattooing’s history and upholds the dignity of their craft while catering to their customers and remembering that tattooing is a service.

What makes a tattooer isn’t the amount of Instagram likes he has, the number of shops he’s guested at or amount of trophies and/or accolades he’s received during his career. A tattooer is measured by his ability to apply clean, timeless designs that the wearer can carry with them for life. That coupled with a good tattoo experience that’s welcoming, kind, accommodating and timely sets apart a good tattooer from the crowd. Tattooers are in the good graces of their customers; without them, they wouldn’t be able to do what they love every day.

Bold will Hold

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Everyone gets tattooed for different reasons. Some pieces have deep meaning, some have sentimental value and/or memorial value and some are put on just because whoever’s getting it thinks it looks cool. Regardless of why you’re permanently marking yourself, it is in your best interest to take your design ideas to a well researched tattoo artist for a consultation. Tattooers know you have a vision, but they also know what makes a good tattoo. Certain fads come and go for a reason and without a good foundation of black and proper application – what once looked cool evolves into a faded ink blob.

Some people know exactly what they want and show up to consultations prepared with plenty of reference material, while others may need a little direction. If you’re lost, but have the itch for a new piece, your tattooer always has your back. Often, there are designs they have drawn and/or painted that they would like to do, and if nothing strikes your fancy, it always helps to at least peruse those designs to maybe spark an idea of something you’ve loosely had in mind all along. Most any picture, design, or idea can be turned into a tattoo. Sometimes, there may need to be a little reconfiguring that needs to take place to make a design “tattooable”, but for the most part, your tattooer has your best interest and the longevity of the tattoo itself in the forefront of the design process. The old saying, “Bold Will Hold” has been around for a while for a reason: Clean lines, bold black shading, and solid color lasts. Black pigment is the pigment that lasts longest in the skin and without black, a tattoo is more prone to fade and lose it’s shape over time. So bear in mind that each idea or concept will be approached with that fundamental principle.

No respectable tattooer is going to completely turn a client’s idea away, but it’s important to bear in mind that there may need to be some compromise in certain situations to reach a successful end result. See you at the shop!

Dustin Brown (Tattoo Collector )