Q: Do you find cover-up work to be challenging? Or, do you just not like it?
A: Bel, I find cover-ups challenging, but I enjoy them if I am not limited in design by the customer.
13. Tattoos for Sale
Q: I saw a BEAUTIFUL pirate ship that I thought Chris did on a recent episode. Can the public purchase your flash? Thanks so much, and I am lovin' your show!!!
A: Paula, glad you like the show. Darren did the pirate ship and it was pretty awesome, huh? You could buy my flash at tattooeliteinternational.com.
12. Japanese Tattooing
Q: I am an aspiring tattoo artist (I've been tattooing for about three years). From what I understand, you spent some time living in Japan. What, as an artist, was your greatest influence while there, and did you ever meet Horiyoshi III?
I am amazed by the high-quality tattoos that the artists of Miami Ink create. The show is really enjoyable; I love that the tattoos are given so much focus in the show. I would love to do more accurate, well-researched Japanese tattoos. Are there any resources/books you recommend?
- Chuck B
A: Hey Chuck, I was definitely influenced from my trip to Japan. I actually did meet Horiyoshi. I was tattooed by him and also by his apprentice, Horitomo. You can find more information on Japanese tattoos by doing a search at any popular search engine. Glad you enjoy the show.
11. Disappearing Ink
Q: Hey Chris, last year my wife and I decided to get tattoos for our anniversary gift to each other. I had been thinking about what I wanted in a tattoo for a long time. I wanted something tribal, but also patriotic — which was kinda ironic and cool. I just happened to get it done on Sept. 11, so it will stick in my mind a long time. My wife got a small heart with two ivy vines stemming from it.
My question is, what makes someone's color and shading look so much different? Like her heart, the red shading is still brilliant and deep looking, and the red I have in my shading is looking more pink now and also somewhat splotchy. This is only after a year's time.
- Jeff and Michelle
A: Hey Jeff, it's hard for me to answer your question because I don't know what type of ink they used. Some people might have a different reaction to red than others.
10. Baby Tattoos
Q: Do you tattoo on pregnant women? The tat will be on my ankle, but I am not sure if there is a policy against tattooing on expectant mothers. Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work!
A: Hey Erin, I've never tattooed a pregnant woman because I don't think it's a good idea to cause any stress to someone in that condition. It's best to wait on getting tattooed. Congrats on having a baby.
9. Tattoo Mythology
Q: I heard and saw in a Japanese movie about a tattoo that is invisible but when ur blood pressure goes up it appears. Have any of u guys heard of or seen it before? I heard that they use some powder, chicken blood or breast milk — all three of those are from different people. I was wondering if I can get your input or anything on this topic. Please.
Thanks, - Brian
A: Hi Brian, I've heard of that also. But I never saw it, and I have no idea how it's done.
8. Tipping Etiquette
Q: First off, I watch the show every week, since the first episode, religiously. I don't think many people know what to tip a tattoo artist correctly. I am in the process of getting a half sleeve, which will be about $1,000 and take three sessions. How much would a generous tip be on something like that? And what is the general rule, so you show your appreciation for the work but not dish out as much as the work itself? Thanks guys!
A: Hey Seth, glad you like the show. I'm sure a $200 tip would be quite generous. As a tattoo artist, we also enjoy considerate clients.
7. Foot Tattoos
Q: Hey, much respect to you all as artists and creators. My question: Can I have the bottom of my foot done, despite the fact that everyone I see says the ink won't hold too well? I wanted the entire foot done, now I only want the arch done. Possible? I don't mind if it has to be retouched now and again.
A: Hi Bekkie. Tattoos don't stay very well on calloused skin, so I wouldn't recommend doing it on the bottom of your feet. Only crude work is possible.
6. Skin Health
Q: I do not heal well from cuts, surgery, etc. My skin often gets bumpy where I have stitches and stuff. How likely is a tattoo to do this on my skin?
A: Hey Raphael, there's only one way to find out how a tattoo will take on your skin and that's by getting one. Maybe you should start by getting something small just to see how it turns out.
5. Post-Partum Tattoo
Q: I have been wanting to get a tattoo for a while now, but just haven't gone and did it. I even know what I want. But I just had a baby in April and someone told me that I would have to wait two years before getting it now. Is that true, and if not, just how long should I wait before I go to get it?
A: Hi Candie, If you've already had the baby, I don't see why it would be a problem getting tattooed.
4. Tattoo Taboos
Q: Have you ever refused to do a tattoo, and what was it?
A: Yes, I refuse to do a lot of different types of tattoos. Usually if it's something somebody else would be better at doing, I give it to them. Also, I wouldn't tattoo the hands or face.
3. Tattoo School
Q: a) Have you had a "formal" arts education, or have you simply developed your very obvious skills and talents through years of practice and much trial and error?
b) How long did you train before you were considered skilled enough to take on living (non-dead-pig-type) clients?
c) Did your friends and family encourage and support your decision to make tattoo art a career?
A: a) I took one year of art school, but my mother was an artist so I learned a lot from her.
b) I apprenticed for six months before I started tattooing clients. I only tattooed over old tats that needed repair.
c) My friends definitely encouraged my decision to become an artist. My family was more apprehensive, but they came around.
2. Personal Questions
Q: Would you date a woman who has both of her arms covered in tattoos? Or do you think that's too much for a woman?
A: Hi Felicia, I suppose I would date a woman who was heavily tattooed, although I haven't yet.
1. Favorite Tattoo Artists
Q: Hello Chris, how are you? I am a big fan of the show and really respect the work you everyone in the shop does. My favorite style of tattooing is Japanese. I see that is a style you are accomplished in. Who are your influences in this style, and who would you want to tattoo you and why? Thank you for your time.
A: Some of my favorite tattoo artists are Horiyoshi, Horitomo and Horitoshi. I've already been tattooed by them when I lived in Japan.