say to people I've either been blessed or cursed with the ability to balance them out and do them both.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ARTISTS WHO ARE TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY?
If they know that they're limited artistically yet they really have a love and a passion for tattooing... you can't tell someone to be original if they're not original. If they can't come up with the goods themselves, if they can't produce original artwork but they do really love and believe in what they're getting into and at least copy properly, then that's a good start. What I'm saying by copy properly is not to identically copy, but to use what's out there and find a way to make it your own. I've stressed that point before that if you're not adding something to the industry you're taking something away. And I stand by that. I think that if you can't bring something new, or at least push yourself to try to do ^ that, then you're just taking from it a and you're taking from a lot of people \ ^ that have really attempted to bring —
something new to the industry and 1 iflj give sometliing of themselves _
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE*
I don't know, I think I've been doing this long enough now to realise that it's no style; it's just Jeff style. In terms 9
of what styles I'm able to tattoo I'd like to say everything. And that was one of my goals as well when I was starting out was to just be the kind of tattoo artist that wouldn't have to say no to anything. What I sit down and draw 13 what comes out of me and I try to stay true enough to any original style it came from. But I'm not doing it by the book. If there are rules to be followed, then I'm not following them. I don't want to do anything incorrectly either but that's why I don't do traditional Japanese tattooing, because to ^^ me it's about making something ^ look good and feel right with the body, and look right as an i. V^^-image If somebody wants a really technically correct tattoo then they need to go to someone who does £
traditional Japanese tattooing, or whatever.
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