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Hi. My names chico im 23 ive been drawing and perfecting my artwork for about 10 years. Ive gotten alot better from when i first started, ive been looking into an apprenticeship that doesnt want alot of money from me personally...i have all the equipment needed to tattoo. I dont have alot of money, and so ive never bought fake skin to practice on..instead ive givin myself over 40 tattoos fRom a half right arm sleeve to a chest piece and two legs tats...so i can see the difference in my work from the first to the last...i see my potential, but i still need guidence...if u could help m that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

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Chico,

This is not a learn on your own profession. You MUST try to find an apprenticeship with a qualified tattoo artist in a licensed studio. It is not as simple as buying a starter kit, picking up a machine or needle and starting to tattoo. There is a lot to know from sterilization to placement, needle depths, anatomy, client handling, business practices,needle making, and more. Not to mention the legal aspects of licensing, insurance, etc. Working with skin is a whole lot different than drawing on paper or whatever you can imagine. I have seen a lot of people who can draw or poke holes in their body, but tattoo and pierce very poorly. Four extra words of advice here;

First, you can not learn how to tattoo or pierce from a book. Secondly, you can not learn how to tattoo or pierce by watching someone else. Thirdly, tattooing and piercing is not a get rich quick profession, it takes years to get established and see the rewards of your work. And last but certainly not least, You can not practice on your friends or children or yourself to learn.... Soon you will have no friends.

So please (as I've already advised) if you are serious about learning, get an apprenticeship. You will be glad you did. One last thing,if during or after your apprenticeship you find that you do not have a knack for tattooing (tattooing takes a certain touch, some can do it, some not. Not everyone has that touch no matter how much training they've had), then you should give it up and not scar people for life.

If you would like an idea on what is involved with tattooing and piercing or have problems finding an apprenticeship please visit my FAQ page http://www.ubtat2d.com/faq.html

Hope I've been some help to you. If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

-The GYPSY
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I can accept questions on proper tattooing and piercing procedures, including but not limited to, licensing, sterilization, studio promotion, safety, what to look for in an artist/studio, aftercare, apprenticeship, studio management and proper design/piercing placement. I can also rate artistic quality. We also can answer questions on tattoo/piercing resources, ie; books, videos, studios and artists/piercers. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE ASKING YOUR QUESTION: I will NOT answer "How To" questions. If you want to know how to tattoo or pierce do the right thing and seek out a formal apprenticeship. Tattooing and piercing are not a "Learn On Your Own" professions. ALSO: Please DO NOT ask me about tattoo or piercing prices. Rates vary from region to region. You will need to check with studios in your area for their current rates.

Experience

I was appointed By Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson in September 2009 to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. I represent Body Art Studios and Artists on the board for the State of Kansas. I am one of only 27 people worldwide who have taken and passed the Tattoo Mastery Test presented by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. I have been in the Body Art Business since 1976. I got my start in this business due to the inspiration, great advise and guidance I received from Gene Grimm of Grimm's Tattoo Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1978 I developed the procedure that is used today for tattooing over scar tissue. I took formal classes in Micro-Dermal Implantation (Permanent Cosmetics) in 1990. I had formal Body Piercing Training in 1992. I organized and promoted a successful Body Art Show in southeast Kansas from 1992 to 1997. I have maintained one of the first Body Art websites on the internet since 1994 www.ubtat2d.com

Organizations
Alliance Of Professional Tattooists and Kansas State Board of Cosmetology

Downtown Topeka Inc.

Downtown Advertisers Cooperative Association

Historic Jayhawk State Theater of Kansas Marketing Committee

TopCon Geek Expo Committee: Creator and Executive Director



Publications
"STANDARD PERIODICAL" FEBRUARY 1974

"TEEN TODAY" MARCH 1974

"ABILENE MAGAZINE" JUNE 1981

"SCOUT JAMBOREE PROGRAM" NOVEMBER 1981

"PRONGHORN PRESS" DECEMBER 1981, FEBRUARY 1982, MARCH 1983, MAY 1983

"ENEWS" JUNE 1983, JUNE 1986

"EL PASO SUN TIMES" OCTOBER 1985

"BAXTER CITIZEN" AUGUST 1992

"TATTOO" OCTOBER 1992

"TATTOO" MARCH 1993

"BAXTER CITIZEN" JUNE 1993

"SKIN & INK" APRIL 1994

"PARSONS TIMES" APRIL 1995

"CROSSROADS" SPRING 1995

"PITTSBURG SUN" APRIL 1995, APRIL 1996 & APRIL 1997

"JOPLIN GLOBE" OCTOBER 1996

"ASC TATTOO DIRECTORY" 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

"AMARILLO GLOBE-NEWS" JANUARY 1999

"EASYRIDER MAGAZINE" OCTOBER 2001

"HISTORY OF TATTOOING IN AMERICA"

"A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TATTOOING"

"BLOGGING KANSAS: MUSINGS FROM THE LAND OF OZ"

"TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL" APRIL 2014, JUNE 2014, AUGUST 2014, SEPTEMBER 2014

Please visit www.ubtat2d.com To View A Complete List Of Other Media That I Have Been Featured In.



Education/Credentials
West Platte High School - Weston, Missouri

United States Department of Agriculture: Forestry and Wildlife Management - Nemo, South Dakota

Platte College: Technical Illustration and Mechanical Drafting - St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri

Grimms Tattoo Studio: Tattoo Career Guidance - Kansas City, Missouri

Missouri Department of Mental Health: Psychiatric Technician - St. Joseph, Missouri

Concho Career Institute: CDL Training - San Angelo, Texas

Institute of Micro-Dermal Implantation: Permanent Cosmetic Technician - Kansas City, Missouri

Sir Fredrick's A-1 Tattoo: Body Piercer Trainee - Gladstone, Missouri

Successful Entrepreneur Program: Independence Community College - Independence, Kansas

CDL Re-certification program: Fort Scott Community College - Fort Scott, Kansas



Awards and Honors
SKIN ART CREATIONS TATTOO SHOW - 1993, "BEST BLACK & GREY TATTOO"

SKIN ART CREATIONS TATTOO SHOW - 1993, "BEST OVER-ALL TATTOO MALE"

TATTOO RENDEZVOUS - 1993, "BEST OVER-ALL TATTOO - MALE"

TATTOO RENDEZVOUS - 1993, CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FOR PARTICIPATION

THE GATHERING PLACE - 1994, CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR ARTISTIC TALENT

LION'S CLUB INTERNATIONAL - 1994, CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AS GUEST SPEAKER

SKIN ART CREATIONS TATTOO SHOW - 1994, "BEST TRADITIONAL TATTOO"

TATTOO RENDEZVOUS - 1994, CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FOR PARTICIPATION

STURGINK - 1995, 2ND PLACE "BEST COLOR TATTOO"

STURGINK - 1995, 3RD PLACE "BEST TATTOO OF STURGIS"

HAWG HAWLER - 1996, 2ND PLACE "BEST TATTOOS"

SKIN ART CREATIONS TATTOO SHOW - 1997, "BEST FRONT PANEL"

25th ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONVENTION - 1/19/2001, 2nd PLACE "BEST TATTOO OF THE DAY"

ABATE OF TULSA MOTORCYCLE & TATTOO SHOW - MARCH 2002, 1st PLACE "BEST PATRIOTIC TATTOO"

ABATE OF TULSA MOTORCYCLE & TATTOO SHOW - MARCH 2002, 3rd PLACE "MOST REALISTIC TATTOO"

BIKER DAYS IN THE OSAGE - SEPTEMBER 2007, "BEST TATTOO OF SHOW"

APT TATTOO MASTERY TEST - JULY 2008, "CERTIFICATE OF TATTOO MASTERY"

MAYFIT - MAY 2009, "BEST TATTOO OF SHOW"

APPOINTMENT TO KANSAS BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY - SEPTEMBER 2009



Past/Present Clients
I tattoo/pierce an average of over 1200 people per year. Multiply that by 34 years and I have tattooed and/or pierced approx. 40,800 people.

The GYPSY founder of Skin Art Creations Tattoo Emporium® is a State of Kansas licensed Tattoo & Piercing Artist & Trainer and has been in the Tattoo & Piercing Industry since 1976. He is a Professional Member of APT (Alliance of Professional Tattooist), and has taken and passed the APT Tattoo Mastery Test. His formal art training and experience has helped him win numerous awards both Nationally and Internationally. The GYPSY's art has been exhibited in museums World wide, including the Smithsonian. He has also appeared on television, documentaries, albums, radio talk shows and in numerous magazines. Along with his Wife Debbie they have developed and maintained numerous projects including resource and shopping sites. WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT THESE SITES: www.ubtat2d.com - www.ablazable.com - www.artist-alley.net - www.topcon.us - www.freaky-links.com and www.rubberbiskit.com

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