the best (and worst) THING ABOUT BEING MARRIED TO A TATTOO ARTIST
personal stories // 05.10.17
I’ve watched him get up some mornings lost, frustrated and tired. He drags his feet, drinks his coffee slowly while mentally trying to find some motivation to tackle the day’s tattoo, regardless of size. It's not something you can paint over, or half ass and hope for the best - every client comes in expecting 100%, no one wants to pay for some artist to not give a shit. I've watched every single one of the guys who work in our shop, come in on sick days, with bags under their eyes or a world weighing on their shoulders and still sit drawing a design with meticulous dedication and immense effort even when they struggle to finish breakfast. The love for what they do is something I've never seen with any other art form.
your job, as THE client.
advice // 05.06.17
As the tattoo client, you have a responsibility: the responsibility to do your research.
In this age of technology - you have no excuse not to look at portfolios, check out reviews, and compare, hundreds of artists. You don’t even have to put on pants to look through thousands of shops and portfolios
You have a responsibility to not just walk in to a random shop, talk to the random artist and trust that they are capable of doing what they say they can do.
And with saying all that: If you get a bad tattoo - it’s not the artists fault - it’s yours.
Memphis Cadeau is the mother of two and step-mom to one, she is happily married to her best friend and business partner; Travis Cadeau. She owns
Grim City Tattoo Club,
models for top brands in the alternative industry and is a published writer for blogs and magazines internationally.
When she isn't working she is active in political issues and human & animal rights or spending time with her family and pets.
the foot in the door.
APPRENTICESHIPS // 05.09.17
The tattoo industry can be one of the most rewarding and lucrative careers, but getting your foot in the door at a good shop can seem impossible, you’ll face more doors slammed in your face and you'll hear “no” more than you'll receive the silence to speak. Many would be tattoo artists refuse to listen to these rejections and chose the path of much criticism - learning at home. There are many pros and cons to both “traditional” apprenticeships and teaching yourself - but in an industry based entirely on talent, dedication and art - there is no right versus wrong - regardless of what traditional artists want you to believe.