Innocence Lost

I am the proud owner of three tattoos, one on each shoulder blade, and a leg piece. I was recently introduced to a friend of a friend whom 1 have never met before. We got talking and this conversation led onto my tattoos. They commented that they were "totally surprised" to see that I have tattoos as 1 seem too innocent!

Why on earth would displaying air artists work on my body make me "less innocent'?"

This is just a prime example of how there are still such small-minded people out there who just look at the body art and make pathetic assumptions Emma

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Hi there,

1 just thought Id get in touch and let you see the awesome piece of work that I've just had done by Dan Henk from Austin, Texas, who came over as a special guest invited to the Liverpool Tattoo Convention. Wine hours of pain under the needle was well worth it in the end, BUT the major complaint I had was that as Dan didn't get finished until 8pm and he hadn't entered for the "Best Tattoo oi the Day" as he wasn't sure it would be finished in time. Despite my efforts to talk to the judges and say that Dan was a "featured guest artist" from America they wouldn't let me enter, which seemed to also piss Dan off as in the States you can enter right up until the judging begins. As all the other tattoo artists commented on his work saying that it should have been a sure winner that day, I wanted to get in touch to give Dan the recognition he deserves for this piece of work, and also hear your views on it. Many thanks Andi Hodgetts (Wakefield)

Dear Skin Deep,

I'd like to take a moment to look at the people "beliind the scenes" so to speak, a look and nod to the desk monkeys, tube scrubbers and arsehole-fobbers - the lowly receptionist.

Receptionist are the first point of contact for most tattoo shops and can make or break a shops reputation with the fickle public, yet they never receive any credit as they tiide behind their tattooist overlords. However without them, businesses would crumble, some artists would be lost and society as we know it could well crumble into the sea.

Therefore I suggest maybe having a poll of readers to vote for their receptionist of choice, a silverback among the throng of desk monkeys everywhere. Those receptionists that calm the nervous, get rid of the dicks, make the tea and generally keep all the cogs in the machine running smootWy. No prizes necessary, just a nod and pat on the back from the community.

Maybe I'm just talking balls, or maybe you've done this before but I think it would be nice. And yes, 1 am a receptionist! Mark

Hi Mark,

1 completely agree with you, receptionistsaie the linchpins of many a successful studio. You guys do have a sometimes-unenviable position as front of shop people and many studios would fall apart without your organisational skills.

I'm certain that many a nervous tattoo virgin has been calmed and reassured by the cheerful, ever-smiling and friendly face that greets them as they take those first tentative steps through the door.

you all get a big thanks from me and I'm certain that many tattooists realise that you guys keep the studios running smoothly! Neil

Hi Andy, firstly congratulations on an incredible tattoo. I have been a big fan of Dan's work tor a long time and he has done you proud! Sadly, having run a few competitions at shows it is not always possible to enter Tattoos right up to t/ie last minute, that's wijy usually; there is a cut-off time for competitions.

There is quite a bit of paperwork involved to make sure t/ie competitions are run fairly and smoothly. Can you imagine having a long line of just finished tattoos running up on stage at the last moment? It would be chaos.

I thought that the competitions at the Liverpool show were very well run but sadly "rules is rules" I'm afraid.

All the best and thanks for letting us see your superb tattoo. Neil

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