Brother and sister for the win. They're wonderful siblings.
But all four tattoos suck.
But all four tattoos suck.
I'm disappointed. Their markings are too modest. Too uncertain. All four are dinky tattoos. Nothing daring. No artistic statement. Nothing that yells. They all whisper. They take something daring and treat it modestly.
I don't understand people sometimes. Who wants a dinky diddly-ass doodle on their body? Your body itself is art. If you're going to decorate your body then have it be art. Real art. Not necessarily large but something truly artful by a real accomplished tattoo artist. Valued in thousands and not hundreds of dollars. You're worth it. Your artistic physical self.
Would you walk up to a Michelangelo statue and draw doodles? People do that to their beautiful artful bodies, to their own living art.
I just looked at a $6,000 tattoo on a guy with a great physique and great face and personality, and it was just a stupid tribal pattern elaboration. Anyone can do that. It has no personal meaning. It's just doodles, not art. He likes it. But with that cash he could have done 10x better. He could have had art. And great art at that.
Here's what I mean.
Buzzfeed's "Worth It" usual co-host, Andrew Ilnyckyj, did not want to get a tattoo so co-host Steven Lim asked Ben Coleman to participate in his stead. Ben gets three tattoos, low cost, mid cost, and their idea of high cost from a genuine artist, Scott Glazier working out of Speakeasy Tattoo in Los Angeles.
Scott interviews his clients first to discover what they have in mind. If the project tickles his creative fancy, then it's on. If not, then no tattoo for you! You've got to go in there with something in mind he can work with. Otherwise, go see some dummkopf common tattooist that'll slap on some stupid random tribal doodle on your arm. On your body. Forever. Until you die.
Ben's tattoo should have been spread over a few days, but Ben wanted to rush things. Scott acquiesced. (He should have charged him more for being rushed.)
Ben Coleman got a great piece of art. And under $1,000. A very real bargain. Not particularly large, but it sure is interesting. It's real tattoo art. Something that enhances his body.
You're thinking, so what.
This isn't advice for you. This is advice for you to have for your children and your grandchildren. If they decide they must have a tattoo, then have them choose their artist carefully. Make sure they have the cash to get a great tattoo if that's what they want. A great tattoo. Not a pissant doodle. Art on their artful self. Help them. Help steer them to an artist. Help them financially. You'll be the best grandma or grandpa ever. Have your condition be for them to see a great artist. They'll love you so much for it, they might even put you in it. You. In their tattoo.
Watch how Scott as artist completely outclasses the other tattooists. Ben got a wonderful tattoo for a very reasonable price. It's a bargain.