Since tattooing became legalized in 2002, Skin Deep tattoo shop in Massachusetts and its three working artists have been specializing in Japanese, Photorealism, Floral, Black and Grey and Old School Sailor Jerry tattoos.
Tattoo artist Nick Read explains why tattoos are really just an added chapter to an ongoing life story.
Describe a time you where you believe your talent truly helped someone?
It’s every tattoo because everybody has a story and their reason behind it. I’ll hear this is for my wife, father, daughter, etc. It’s really like being a bartender. Clients will spill everything to you.
What advice would you give an aspiring tattoo artist?
Be modest. I’m not out looking for sponsorships. Everything I have I paid for myself. Make it about your customer.
How do you believe the tattoo industry is changing?
There are many more new products on the market and even tattoo machines have stepped up their game leaps and bounds.
What is the best part of attending or working tattoo conventions?
You get to see all different artists. In this career you have to stay motivated, so seeing new artists and their work inspires my own.
What is your greatest personal strength as a tattoo artist?
Customer service. I make sure everyone walking out is one hundred percent satisfied. Even if it’s a bad day I have a smile on my face. This is a service related industry and you have to put your client’s needs first.
Have you ever tattooed something on someone that you later regretted? What was it?
Not really regrets but there are always things you look back on and realize you could have done differently as you grow as a professional tattoo artist.
Fifteen years ago my coloring sucked. I laugh and think, hey wait, I need to find that client from way back and fix his tattoo. It’s a learning curve and that’s what I love about it.
What are some of the current design trends at the Skin Deep Tattoo shop in Massachusetts?
It all depends really. I’m pretty well known for my Realistic portraits and I have my following with that. But I’ll also draw out lots of lettering.
When you aren’t tattooing you can be found…
I’m either at work or at home with my fiancé and daughter and enjoying my family life.
Biggest mistake people make when getting a new tattoo:
They’re not thinking about them or putting any real effort into what they want. Then they come back six months later and need to cover it up. It can be hard to bite your tongue when they say “Oh my, I shouldn’t have done this.”
But that’s what keeps us in business.
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