let me start by saying that people i work with may or may not share my opinions. i doubt anybody i'm referring to will read this since i'm not "part of your scene". but if by chance you do, and you get offended, don't go crying to any of the artists i work with and respect.
your tattoo social groups, clubs, gangs, whatever you call them are ridiculous. what are you accomplishing? are you separating yourselves from scratchers that don't charge enough? don't know how to draw? don't do "cool" tattoos? don't know how to whip shade properly? how many of you hook up your friends because they will let you do something that you can put on your facebook page just to impress other tattoo artists? by hooking up people that don't deserve it, you are just as bad as the scratcher who isn't charging enough. your "friend" may get a better tattoo, but it is just as harmful to the industry in the long run. how many of you think just because somebody your grandfathers age painted it, it's cool? how many of you even understand whip shading is supposed to look smooth? or that just because you can line something with a baggy 8 round doesn't mean you necessarily should?
if you are going to be part of a group, you should be part of a group that is trying to better the industry. you could start by not letting people in your club/gang/social group that apprentice people that don't deserve it. in fourteen years of owning a shop, we have apprenticed one person, that had been working for us for six years prior. the customer base is not growing at the same rate that you jackasses are teaching people how to tattoo. if your that busy, hire an existing artist that is starving somewhere else. trust me there are plenty of them. i've said it before and i'm sure i will say it again, but if you dummies would read the books of the people that you constantly rip off, this industry would be much better off. all the answers/rules were laid out for anybody that was willing to listen.
i could go on for days about how the "cool guys" are as bad for tattooing as the scratchers, but this is all for now. in the illustrious words of kenny powers, "kiss my ass and suck my dick everyone".
oh and a new tattoo i did this past weekend.