Many, many moons ago I decided to get my first tattoo. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but I was going to get one...on my hand of all places...from the first shop I found.
I was greeted with laughable hilarity as I was just a kid. They said no. No Way were they going to put a tattoo on my hand!
After much deliberation I decided no matter what...I was getting a visible tattoo! So...I settled for the back of my neck. After that...I fell in love with the experience...I was already planning my next one.
The next one I designed and sketched for my new buddy artist...and then another sketch for the friend that I brought in the next day. It became such an enthralling experience and I was bringing in so much business...the manager offered me a job as the shop girl.
My reply...how about an apprenticeship...
I ended up doing a piercing apprenticeship while I was honing my art craft and learning everything the business had to offer. I am now a Master Piercer with over 20 years of experience with everything from Dermals to Daiths. Five years later...I began my tattoo apprenticeship at last!
Years later...the Apprentice has become the Mentor as I opened Black Lace Ink in June 2016. Black Lace Ink has grown considerably in the last several years and I hope to continue to grow the business in the years to come!