Experience the Experience
Freedom is a state of mind. Express yourself. Dare to be yourself, and express that individuality in the art you choose to put on your body.
Live the experience heart and soul. Your tattoo becomes part of you. Make it sacred. Whether it's big or small, savor the experience...create and find pleasure in the journey, often more important than the destination.
In the present day and age of instant gratification, serial clichés, homologation of the masses and social mediocrity, it's time to step back, slow down, and rewind to a time when tattoos were a holistic experience. For thousands of years many indigenous cultures practiced the art of tattooing in the context of the ceremonial and the sacred. Tattoos were symbols of protection, power, courage and connection to the gods as well as fundamental in rites of passage. The time has come to reconnect with rituality.
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Approaching a tattoo with consciousness and participation favors synergy between client, artist, pain and ink. This synergy creates energy, and that energy will make the difference between the insignificant and mechanical act of getting a picture permanently slapped on your skin, and the freedom of self-expression, of art that represents you, of an indelible shout out to the world that you are you, regardless.
If the back to the roots approach to tattooing has the capacity to enrich, the choice of the artist is fundamental. There are so many amazing artists out there. And there is also so much crap. Be discerning, intuitive and passionate in your choice.
There is nothing more intimate and difficult than experiencing vulnerability and sharing pain. In the act of getting tattoed, you are surrendering yourself completely to your artist. You're placing trust, investing emotions, exposing yourself. You will not forget this moment. Whether you have one or 100 tattoos, you will always go back and remember each single artist and each moment in that studio, because he or she remains permanently bonded to what that tattoo represents.
Once you have chosen your artist, respect him and respect his work. Tell him what you're all about, give him references and a framework so he knows who you are and what you want, but then set him free, allow him the room to express himself. This tango takes two. Preferably perfectly synchronized, which is also up to you.
If you immerge yourself in the process, chances are that at the end of all of this you'll walk away with not just a tattoo, but a tassel you didn't know was missing until then, something that completes and fulfills you.
Frozen in time, set in stone, inked on skin.