This one got me thinking and I wanted to answer something corny like, Mom, Grandma etc.. but when we talk about a teacher who is most influential, must say the brother who has shown me the way of making tattoos.
When I started tattooing, I’ve already had a lot of tattoos in my skin, so I was quite good of taking care of the tattoos.
I remember well the first things that I had to learn before even first tattoo.
He showed me the ways how to build machine and how to fix them, changing part and tuning techniques. Simply how to change parts and what is the purpose of every small part. I was struggling first, but mechanical stuff is something that I understand quite easily.
Sure, it took few months and some money to get in the point where you actually have a machine that works nicely for you.
Next step was to using different needles and tips..
After all this I started to learn what kind of medical things you have to know, when you’re working with blood and “open wounds”.. Cleaning and sterilization of the equipment was crucial in the process.
After these steps we moved into stencils and how to use those in tattooing.
I had to watch many hours tattooing videos and many times I sat behind listening and taking notes, when my teacher was making tattoos to clients.
After all this, I finally got to the point where I could test tattooing.
Many steps in the learning process and I’m still learning, no matter how small, simple or familiar the work is… I find myself learning a lot.
So this teacher has been the most influential teacher by mile.
Tattoos have changed my life for good and I’m so happy that our roads crossed years back.