Laid back and friendly, Mean Street Tattoo Studio is located in Bensalem, PA and houses three professional artists as well as a full-time body piercer. Mike Madison, tattoo artist and owner of Mean Street, dishes on his first tattoo while offering advice for yours.
Describe Mean Street Tattoo Studio:
We’ve been open since 2002, we’re pretty much a custom shop and we don’t have any flash designs on the walls.
What styles do your artists specialize in?
We don’t really specialize in anything in particular we just do everything. From portraits to lettering to anything you want.
What makes your shop different?
Our personality and our bedside manners. How we treat each client as an individual. Every tattoo we do is custom so you aren’t going to go to the shop down the street or into a grocery store and see your tattoo on other people.
How long have you been a tattoo artist?
I’ve been a tattoo artist since 2002. I’ve just always been into art and that’s what I went to school for. I’ve also always loved tattoos so it was just the next best step for me and made sense.
What was your first tattoo and how old were you?
I was eighteen and it’s a skull on my arm.
What’s your greatest strength as a tattoo artist?
I’m just friendly and treat everyone fairly.
How has reality TV helped tattoos gain more social acceptance?
I would say they’ve gained more acceptance. Reality TV is geared towards the drama of it all but it does show that it’s more main stream, doctors and everyday people get tattoos.
What’s the hardest part of your job at Mean Street Tattoo Studio?
I wouldn’t say I really have a hard part of my job.
What’s your best advice for an aspiring tattoo artist?
Find an apprenticeship, and draw as much as possible in every different style that you can and just perfect your craft.
What was the last design you tattooed?
I just did a huge Koi fish tattoo from elbow to shoulder.
What advice would you give someone planning their first tattoo?
Make sure it’s something that you love and that you’re able to look at every day without getting tired of it.
If you weren’t a tattoo artist you would be:
Wanting to be a tattoo artist.
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