I never thought about becoming a tattoo artist.
On top of that doing YouTube videos and making a Website.
I loved getting tattoos but never thought I would be doing them myself.
Every tattoo I got was not a good experience. The quality of the tattoos were bad. My time in the tattoo shop was unbearable.
I was spending a fortune to get tattoos fixed.
It was Christmas time and my wife was getting the itch for another tattoo. I didn’t want to pay for her to get another jacked up tattoo. Instead I told her to buy me a tattoo kit for my present.
Having a lot of experience in different art mediums, I could pick this one up also.
But nobody in my area was willing to help me learn.
That is where the internet search began. It was close to impossible to find good information. I ended up getting ripped off several times, buying cheap equipment and books that promised to help but didn’t.
Going through this struggle I realized that I couldn’t be the only one.
There were probably a lot of other would be tattoo artists out there who had the same problems. Talented artists who considered tattooing but were turned away. Maybe turned away by a less talented artist.
Probably people who could’ve made good tattoo artists quit because of the lack of information on where to begin, what tools they needed, what things to watch out for.
From the beginning of my work I started documenting everything. Taking notes and pictures along the way.
When I turned to social media for help it ended in disaster also. People on these sites were spreading bad information. I tried to explain that what they were saying didn’t make sense. They either didn’t care, or worse, were misleading on purpose.
I set out to prove what people were saying wasn’t true. I’m sure I pissed off some people. “Who’s this cocky son-of-a-bitch, thinking he knows it all?” But that wasn’t it at all. Of something ain’t right, it ain’t right. And I don’t like being ripped off or seeing others ripped off or fed BS.
I learned how to make equipment because a lot of what is being sold was garbage. And some information out there is just what people have always used – even if it is bad or outdated.
So I read, learned, tested, retested and proved my results.
When people weren’t listening to my words I started showing them. Making videos to show people what I did made sense. Posted pictures of the research I was doing.
That information only reached a few people, so I decided to branch out. If I posted my videos on YouTube, it could help a wider audience.
If people are willing to learn and go through the effort, they shouldn’t have to go through what I did.
I eventually found a mentor online in a tattoo artist named Stevie Lange who helped me a lot. I want to do the same for others.
Tattoo University was born out of necessity. It got a life of its own. People asked me questions and I did videos to show them how to solve their problems. Egos from other artists, especially on social media slowed progress so I started my own sites.
We started off as the Jaunty Artist Tattoo Club, but I wanted everyone to know that we were different. I wanted our name to reflect that we were focused on educating people about tattooing.
That is why we are Tattoo University.