Tattoo Machine; The Life of A Tattoo Artist

  • Tattoo machine: Tall Tales True Stories and my Life in Ink
  • Author Jeff Johnson
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The Life of a Tattoo Artist

If you’ve ever sat down with a tattoo artist, they have a lot to tell and are filled with a lot of life. I have the privilege to know a lot of artists and I always love to listen to them tell their stories.

I wrote an article Tattoo Inks; Expand your  Knowledge which talked about tattoo history. Many moons ago tattoos were mainly worn by certain people, but with the huge explosion in the ink world, all walks of life are getting inked.

The artist will deal with every kind of personality there is, so the stories today have gotten even better. Jeff Johnson is a master tattoo artist and co owner and manager at the famed Sea Tramp Tattoo Parlor in Portland Oregon. With over 20 years in the business you could pretty much say he’s seen it all In the tattoo world.

The tattoo industry is a world of it’s own and Jeff brings you in to hear it straight from an artist. You will learn everything that goes on in a tattoo studio, from the drunk guy to the quiet client, Jeff tells it all and doesn’t hold any punches. You won’t be able to put this book down once you start reading it.

This is definitely not a book if you want to learn how to tattoo. Once this book is read you will have a new respect and understanding of some of the things your artist goes through. Through the book Jeff does also give some tips and some quite funny tidbits like ensuring you know the correct spelling before you have it tattooed on you.

Jeff really knows how to write a book and keep the reader entrigued. This book has been read by many people who will never get a tattoo but are curious at why tattoos have become so popular. If you read the reviews, they were definitely happy to have read it.

They realized that old stigma is gone and you don’t walk in a studio to find a big biker looking guy giving tattoos. Well, of course you still can, but it has changed and you often meet some very intelligent, well-educated artists. After reading this book you will agree. So buckle up put your helmet on and enjoy the ride you won’t regret it.

Rock your Journey,

David

 

 

 

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28 Replies to “Tattoo Machine; The Life of A Tattoo Artist”

  1. Thank you for this information. I think the book would be worth purchasing just for the stories he has to tell.
    I have often wondered of what it would be like for a tattoo artist. Just to hear the story of why someone has chosen the tattoo that they chose, or to see how they handle getting it. I am sure he has some stories to tell.
    What about you? What has been your most interesting tattoo?

    1. Hello Lee Ann. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. He does have a lot of great stories to tell. Learning what it can be like as a tattoo artist this book will definitely show you. My most interesting tattoo was when, I had Harley Quinn done took 4.5 hrs and a lot of great stories were told during that session. Thanks for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best wishes,
      David

  2. I’ve always been awed with tattoo artists. This book is an eye-opener like me who has zero knowledge of this kind of art yet fascinate them. A must read!

    1. Hello Jam. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. This book is a fantastic read and for anyone who is interested in seeing the inside of the tattoo world. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  3. From what you describe of the book, it sounds like one hell of a read. I got my first tattoo back in 2016 (it’s a picture of Bernie Sanders) and I never thought too much of the life story behind the artist who worked on me. I guess I have another book to add to my reading list now.

    I do have a question though. I want to get more tattoos. Do you have any recommendations on the thought process behind choosing a tattoo? I have some ideas in mind, but I do not know how to decide. I look forward to reading your answer.

    Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Hello Alex. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. The thoughts that I put into mine are that they are a part of my life story and so for me it gives meaning. Your biggest thought should always be I’m going to have this ink permanent so what will it mean to me as I wear it. I hope that helps and if you have anymore thoughts or questions don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  4. Hi David!
    I am completely unfamiliar with the world of tattoos and tattoo artists but have admired them on other people from afar.
    This book sounds like a fascinating peek into the “behind the scenes” part of the industry. I bet tattoo artists have seen just about everything, kind of like cosmetic surgeons!
    I will put it on my wish list of books for future purchase.
    Thanks!

    1. Hello Kyle Ann. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Today there are lots of people who don’t want tattoos but are very intrigued by them. This book definitely gives you the inside look of the tattoo world and I’m sure you will enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and hope you return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  5. Hey David!

    That’s awesome I move to Portland about a year ago this month. I’ve been trying to figure where to even start looking for another tattoo artist and you’ve now given me a good starting point.

    I’ve heard some crazy stories from a few artists I got to know in Austin too so I’m sure Jeff Johnson has some good ones to tell. I
    will definitely look up his book. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Tina. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Wow small world You should look him up but He does have quite the waiting list. You will definitely love the book. Thank you for visiting and look forward to returning for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  6. Very nice article! Today pretty much everyone has a tattoo, people of any age. I finally had mine done a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Thank you for the fantastic article.

    1. Hello Carole. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. First tattoo nice won’t be long and you’ll be getting another. I’m happy you enjoyed my article and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  7. Great article on right on time. My Son just turned 18 and got his 1st tat. I was very impressed at how it turned out and how it healed very well. I only have 1 tat that I also got when I turned 18. I love the information in this article and yes the stigma is changing on tats. No longer for sailor!

    1. Hello Markeysha. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes Had to wait till I was 18 to get my first one. Tattoos will heal nicely if taken care of during the healing process. The stigma has changed a lot in the tattoo industry. I’m happy happy you enjoyed my article and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Danielle. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. It’s a fantastic book I’m sure your friend will enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Melinda. It is a fantastic book and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  8. Hi there I got my one and only tattoo of an eagle when I was in the navy as a very young man. I joined when only 16 and for some reason I never got another one. This article has made me want one again and I will be reading this book for some ideas.
    Thanks Peter

    1. Hello Peter. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. An eagle when you were in the navy that would be an old school tattoo nice. The eagle was a very popular tattoo back then in the navy. You will really enjoy the book. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  9. I think tattoos are very popular today with just about anyone. I don’t have one yet, but I have mine picked out and I will be getting it as a reward for myself 🙂 My son as well. What questions do we ask before picking out our tattoo artist? That is the only scary part, finding the right one that is perfect for us.

    1. Hello Matts Mom. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Tattoos have exploded today. When getting your tattoo you want to ask to see their portfolio, Do they specialize in what you want done. One of the key things I look for is the waiting list if they have one that’s a really good sign they’re good. Hope that has helped. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  10. This is a great perspective! I think so many people who aren’t as familiar with the tattoo industry just see the art (and the initial pain) of getting a tattoo, that we forget about the vast knowledge and life experience of the person behind the art! I will definitely enjoy reading this book!

    1. Hello Christina. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. This is definitely a book that will put you on the other side of the spectrum. You will really enjoy reading it. Thank you for visiting and hope you will continue to return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Susie. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes the truth can be much stranger than fiction and Jeff doesn’t hold back in this fantastic book. You won’t want to put it down. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  11. I like this article, I know nothing about Tattoos, but this does give me a little insight into them and the life of a tattoo artist.

    You have a nice site laid out here, and the way you have put the banner encouraging a free membership to the best WordPress hosting on the planet ( this is from experience of dealing with 5 or so really poor hosts) is really cool

    I look forward to reading more from you

    1. Hello Dave. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Thank you so much for your kind words about my website. Yes I added the wa banner to allow people the chance to be able to take advantage of what helped me create my website. Thank you for visiting and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

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