A: All the techniques I describe in my book are common sense when you don’t get training, but they’re only as good as the mind behind them. If you don’t know what you’re doing, your hands, brain or hands have no chance of accomplishing the result you wanted when you started. To get a tattoo, you have to trust your hands and your eyes and body to be on point in the first place.
Q: I read that you had this tattoo artist that made that design you drew. Is that true?
A: Yes, there may be other artists with that name but he does work at Fumofu Tattoo Studio in Beijing. He’s pretty good. There’s also a client there, an artist named Mr. Lin. He has a large tattoo studio in Shanghai. He’s also a good teacher. However he only works for me and I only work for him. In my experience, I’m more interested in his knowledge and experience than his name. You can go look for them if you like.
Q: How long does it take to get a tattoo? How much is it?
A: After the last step of a tattoo, it can take anywhere from 4-7 to 10 days. To get your design done you’ll likely have to spend at least 2 hours a day drawing and/or painting. Some of the materials you use will depend on the amount of work you’re putting into it. Many people make their own tools or draw them on a computer with special tools like a laser printer or tattoo machine. Some have their own machines but these are more expensive.
Q: Is there anything you regret doing in the past?
A: As far as tattooing is concerned, there are definitely one or two things I regret doing, especially when I was younger. In the beginning, my friend and I were having problems with this very process of using the tattoo machine and being in a hurry. We would make sketches by drawing and using crayon instead of ink. That’s not a very good way to do design work. After that, I started using the computer again and when I drew something I would type it out and look it over to make sure it was correct, rather than just go by feel and feel good after looking at it. In retrospect, I have no regrets about what I did.
Q: Can you be a tattoo artist without knowing how do you draw?
A: Of course not.
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