Timer Guide - Your Questions Answered
DO YOU FIND A PROFESSIONAL TATTOO ARTIST?
Apart from a recommendation from one of your friends the quickest way
is to look through your Yellow Pages for addresses, you should find
that all these are registered tattoo artists. If unsure, your local
Environmental Health Department will be able to give you the address
of any tattoo studios registered with them. We do not recommend any
particular tattoo artist on artistic ability, as all tattoo artists
have their own particular style. If we were to recommend a tattoo artist
that did very good work and the style is not what you were looking for,
you might be disappointed. We keep a list of telephone numbers of registered
tattoo artists for telephone enquiries, please call between 11am and
5pm Monday thru Saturday. Our advice is to visit the tattoo artist on
a busy day such as a Saturday, look at the work they have done on people
waiting to be tattooed, watch the way that they work. If the studio
looks clean and tidy (they all should as the health department will
visit them regularly), and you find the tattoo artists' attitude to
your liking, youcan ask about the tattoo that you are looking for.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A TATTOO ARTIST?
A very common question, not an easy one to answer. From time to time
some tattoo artists will take on an apprentice, this can last for 2
to 3 years. You would be expected to purchase your own equipment and
sterilising units. There would be a charge for this. You will be taught the necessary skills gradually and will begin to
put on your own tattoos after about 6 months. It takes around 5 years
for a tattoo artists to become fully competent, and able to carry out
the various styles of tattooing available today. There are no correspondence
courses on tattooing that we know off, if there were we would not recommend
them, as tattooing must be taught with "Hands on" experience,
tattooing real people on living skin. It is illegal to tattoo without
being registered with the local Environment Health Department, this
comes under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions)Act 1982,
Chapter 24. If you do not comply, equipment can be confiscated, you
are liable to a massive fine (on a daily basis) until you prove you
have stopped tattooing. Sterilising equipment must be checked and serviced
regularly, all clinical waste must be disposed through a licence waste
disposal service e.g. Rentokil Medical waste collection service.
We never give details of tattoo supplies unless you send a copy of your
Health Department registration certificate. If tattooing equipment gets
into the hands of amateurs the work looks terrible, they do not sterilise
their equipment which is extremely dangerous, and they give the whole
profession a bad name. We can put you in touch with some of the top
manufacturers of tattooing equipment, an engineering company that specialises
in tattooing equipment, custom built to your specification. They will
only sell to registered tattoo artist.
TATTOO INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER
This is published by the Tattoo Club of Great Britain at approximately
monthly intervals, subscriptions for 12 issues are UK £20.00 (Europe
£25.00) Back issues available. please send £1 per copy postage
and handling. Rest of world, please ask for prices, Airmail is about
£2.00 per issue. Each issue features News from around the world,
convention details, dates, venues, reports, History of Tattooing. BOOK
LIST A lot of enquiries come from students doing essays and thesis'
on tattooing. Send for our book list. we list a few books that will
be of help in finding information. Art, Sex and Symbol by Scutt and
Gotch, Cornwall Books. ISBN 0 84534756 X 1974 This book is full of historical
facts, the photographs are now very dated. The Japanese Tattoo by Donald
Ritchie and Ian Buruma, Weatherhill Books. ISBN 0 8348 0149 3 1980 This
book tells the history of Japanese tattooing. Memoirs of a Tattooist
by George Burchett and Peter Leighton by Oldbourne Book Company 1958.
Not an easy book to find sometimes found in second- hand bookshops.
Full of fascinating anecdotes and facts, based on the diaries of famous
tattoo artist George Burchett. Pierced Hearts and True Love by Hanns
Ebenstein, Derek Verschoyle Limited. 1953 another hard to find book,
but interesting reading. Skin Shows I, Skin Shows II, Tattooed Women,
Skin Shows III , Skin Shows IV, Skin Shows V. Skin Shows 6 All books
by Chris Wroblewski , all contain photographs of modern tattooing from
various parts of the world, in full colour. We have a few copies of
AWOL magazine, this has a 16 page tattoo magazine pull out centre section,
photographs and short history of the tattoo machine. Cover price £1.80
These are postfree in U.K. (Europe add £2.00 postage.) Check for
availability. A full up to date book list is available from Tattoo Club
of Great Britain, 389 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 2BS. Tel +44 (0)1865 715253.
BRITISH TATTOO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Tattoo Club of Great Britain houses the British Tattoo History Museum,
open by appointment only. Contact the club for opening times. A display
area is constantly changed showing the work of artists throughout the
world Here are a few answers to the most common questions that are asked
HOW POPULAR IS TATTOOING?
Tattooing has always been popular, more so in the past ten years or
so. Especially with the new generation of rock bands many who are heavily
tattooed. Also a lot of women and teenage magazines are featuring tattooing
a lot more, many are giving away stick on temporary fake tattoos.
IS IT INCREASING?
Yes it has been increasing over the past 10 to 15 years. But also a
lot more people are aware of it now, there have been several books published
on the subject in recent years. One of the main authors for books on
tattooing is Chris Wroblewski who has done a lot over the past ten years
to increase the awareness towards tattooing. This is also due to the
increasing number of tattoo conventions, which started around 1975 in
the States, and around 1979 in the U.K.
WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE WANT TATTOOING?
Just about everyone these days a lot more women are getting tattooed
and also professional people. Tattooing has now done a full circle,
in the late1900's royalty were getting tattooed in Europe, through the
two world wars a lot of soldiers were getting tattooed and it began
to appeal to the working classes and more tattoo shops began to open.
In the eighties the work began to get a lot finer and detailed, so more
women began to get tattooed. What is the most common design? Again just
about everything you could think of, people these days are more influenced
by other art forms, record covers, video game designs, Celtic art, tribal
art. Most women like small feminine designs, flowers, butterflies, small
birds, etc. But again unusual designs also; Bertie Basset, Super Mario,
Bart Simpson, Strawberries off the yoghurt containers, flowers from
wallpaper, designs from T shirts, pop records, etc.
WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TATTOOS?
Ask everyone this and they give you a different answer, but basically
it comes down to everyone wanting to be different, and individual. It
would be a boring world if we all wore the same clothes and drove the
same cars etc. A tattoo is a permanent record of a particular time in
your life, it cannot be lost or taken from you. The name of a loved
one, friends that have passed away. That small tattoo you had on holiday?
People who collect tattoos are like those that collect autographs, you
are collecting a special experience, a reminder of a special time in
HOW ARE TATTOOS DESIGNED?
as we know it began with a few designs about 100 years ago, these were
redrawn and more designs created from them. An American tattoo artist
named Lew the Jew takes a lot of credit in the early years of modern
tattooing. He was a wallpaper designer as the story goes, and started
tattooing the end of the last century and drew a lot of designs that
are still with us today.It is said, that he created the Black Panther
design. In recent years we are influenced by all around us. Do you remember
the old 33rpm gramophone records with the brown paper sleeves? just
look at record covers today! We see influence everywhere. Now that we
have tattoo books, magazines and conventions we see a lot more tattoo
artwork so tattoo artists are now copying other tattoo designs that
they see and add their own style and influence to the design.
HOW IS TATTOOING DONE?
has not changed a lot since the introduction of the electric tattoo
machine about 100 years ago. The design if first drawn or placed on
the skin with a transfer and the line drawn around with a machine not
unlike a small sewing machine which injects the ink under the skin.
Like painters tattoo artists use different shape and numbers of needles
for different jobs. Is the art still based on the old traditions? Modern
day tattooing as we know it is done for arts sake, in past civilisations
it was done as a right of passage, a mark that changed you from a child
into an adult. These old traditions have mostly been lost over the years.
WHAT PARTS OF THE BODY ARE TATTOOED?
can tattoo any parts of the body, most professional tattoo artists however
will not tattoo the hands face or neck.
THEIR TATTOO CONVENTIONS?
There are several tattoo conventions, Just look at our events listings
YOU KNOW OF ANY TATTOOED ROYALTY?
Frederick (IX) of Denmark was tattooed, he visited George Burchett in
London in the 40s to have the tattoo redone. George I of Greece was
said to have been tattooed while serving in the British Navy, his wife
Queen Olga was also tattooed it has been claimed. George V was a naval
cadet in 1877 with his elder brother Prince Albert, Duke of Clarence.
In 1870 whilst serving on the HMS Bachante they found themselves in
Japan, and whilst there were both tattooed by Hori Chyo of Yokohama.
George became King of England in 1936. Edward VII the eldest son of
Queen Victoria. Prince Edward was tattooed before he became King in
1901. He was tattooed in Jerusalem by Francois Souwan, this first tattoo
was a cross. He was later tattooed in London by Sutherland MacDonald
and also Tom Riley. Lady Randolph Churchill was tattooed, this was Sir
Winston Churchill's mother. Lady Churchill was tattooed by Tom Riley
and had a snake around her wrist. Lord Lichfield has a sea horse tattooed
on his arm, this was done by George Burchett when he was working in
the Waterloo Road, London.
CAN YOU TELL ME ANY FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE TATTOOED?
are a few tattooed people from the pop world: Jeff Pinkus of the Button
Hole Surfers. Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Johnny Winters. Henry
Rollins. Steve Tyler of Aerosmith. Wendy O'Williams. Jerry van de Made
of the Rock a Fellas. Derry Brown of E.M.F. Jon Bon Jovi. Corey Glover
of Living Colour. Adam Ant. Slim Jim, Stray Cats. Brian Setzer Stay
Cats. Slade of New Model Army. Cyndi Lauper. W. Axl Rose. Mark Almond.
Ringo Star, Phil Anselmo of Pantera. Joolz. Cher. Janis Joplin. Michael
Falzarano, Vauxhall. Tommy Lee of the Rogues. Slash. John McVie and
John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac. Peter Kaukonen. Jefferson Starship. Animal
and Mr. Magoo of the Anti Nowhere League. Mick Geggus, Vince Riordan
and Stinky Turner, Gass Wild, Lightning Raiders. Rich Thomas, Ron Young
of the Kingpins. Gary Long and Bob Kingston, Tenpole Tudor. Cockney
Rejects. Billy Idol. Nicki Six of Motley Cru. Lenny Kravitz. Perry Farrell
of Jane's Addiction. Billy Duffy of the Cult. Helen Wheeler, Helen Wheels
band Nick Cave Chris Bond and Nez Pierse, Chris Bond and Band. Sarah
Jane of the Belle Stars. Tommy Price, Mink de Ville. Dee Dee Colvin
of the Ramones. Chas Smith, Madness. Filfy Phil and Lemmy, Motorhead.
Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo ,Peter Wells of Rose Tattoo. Sebastian
Bach of Skid. Chris D. and Don Kirk of the Flesheater. Row. Ozzy Osbourne.
Throbert of Primal Scream. Mick Fleetwood. Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot
Chilli Peppers. Dave Barborossa of Bow Wow Wow. David Bryant of Bon
Jovi. Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Brian Setzer.
you now know a little more about tattooing, want to add some more questions?