Interview Questions

Here is our list of interview questions, both for the tattoo artists and for myself. We weren’t too sure how many questions we needed, so we came up with a little more than 10 for each of them.

For the Artists

1. What was your favorite tattoo you did on someone?
2. What got you into tattooing?
3. Why did you decide to get your first tattoo?
4. Why did you choose tattoos as a means of expression?
5. What is your favorite tattoo and what does it mean to you?
6. What is special about tattoos that you don’t get in other art forms?
7. How do you choose what you want to get tattooed?
8. What do tattoos bring to our culture/society today?
9. What was your first tattoo you ever got?
10. Why did you choose to work at Idle Hand?
11. Do tattoos add anything spiritual/symbolic to your life?

For Sammie

1. What do tattoos bring to our culture?
2. Do tattoos add anything spiritual/symbolic to your life?
3. Why did you decide to get your first tattoo?
4. What is your most meaningful tattoo and why?
5. Was anyone against your tattoos? Why?
5. What do your tattoos say that you couldn’t otherwise explain in words?
6. Do you think everyone should express themselves through tattoos?
7. Why is tattooing so important to you?
8. Can you describe your first experience of getting a tattoo?
9. What do your tattoos say about you?
10. What is special about tattoos that you don’t get in other art forms?
11. Can your form of expression cost you a job in an interview?
12. How do you think society sees your form of expression? How does that make you feel?
13.Are your tattoos a form of rebellion?

 

Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts

While doing some research, I found the Bay Area Tattoo Convention, which up until I started getting ink I would never think about. It looks like a tattoo junkies heaven, and I’m even considering attending the convention this year. It will be held in the SFO Hyatt Regency October 25-27, and is $20 per day.

There will be special guests such as Ed Hardy himself to do a lecture and a seminar by renowned artist Shige from Yellow Blaze Tattoo in Yokohama, Japan.

Here is a short trailer of last year’s convention:

and here is the Ed Hardy seminar from last year as well:

About the Artist: Austin Maples

I got to learn more about Austin while worked on me last week, which was a great experience getting to know my artist better.

I got to learn more about Austin while he worked on me last week, which was a great experience getting to know my artist better. He shared parts of his past and what brought him into the art of tattooing.

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Austin grew up in Santa Rosa, CA, and started getting tattooed around the age of 14, at one point getting one or two tattoos a week. He claims it started with graffiti, as the two art forms are similar.

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Austin has lived in and travelled to many different places, and he came back to San Francisco from Sydney, Australia for the tattoos, he says. He also likes to work at a lot of different shops, doing guest art as many artists do in the tattoo world.

Here is a short audio clip of me asking Austin some questions over the buzz of needles. I thought capturing the feeling of being in a tattoo studio was too good to pass up.

 

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tattoo images taken from Austin Maples’ Instagram account.

History

Found some history on tattooing in San Francisco while doing research, as well as a blog by someone else on the history in San Francisco. I think its amazing how many different cultural events influenced this city’s history, including original Native American settlers, the gold rush, the opening of the Panama Canal, and World War II. Since the San Francisco Bay is one of the largest natural bays, the military and sailor presence I’m sure had a huge impact on the acceptance of tattoos in the area (predating the hippie movement, of course).

∆ Tattoo Archive – History of tattooing in San Francisco and beyond, somewhat of a tattoo encyclopedia.

∆ History of Tattooing in the San Francisco Bay Area – Blog recently studying the history of tattoos in S.F., with great research and citations, and an interview with the famous Ed Hardy’s son, Doug Hardy.

More content coming soon,
S.F.