Here’s a small exert from Part 2 of my interview with Krooked Ken for TAM blog. This is Ken telling a story about advice he has been given by other tattooers, and I think that it really holds true for everyone in any field of work.
“We made our own needles and a lot of ‘em. I’d go to him with questions and he’d be like, “Ah, you’ll figure it out,” and I always thought, “Damn it, why does he hate me?” But thank God he did that, because I haven’t forgotten, you know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t make my needles anymore but maybe I should?
I’ve been so lucky to be able to have a lot of good friends that I’ve known a long, long time. I’ve gotten great advice from Stanley Moskowitz. We sat down one time and he said, “I see you at all these conventions, doing this and that and I’m really proud of you. You got a fucking family kid, you know, family… you can give your kids a million dollars at graduation but they are still going to remember that one baseball game you missed.”
They are going to remember, and I could tell that was something from his heart. He was telling me, “Look man, don’t fuck this up.” I have got to plan, none of us are working forever, so I have to make sure my family is taken care of forever but part of that is being there. So that kind of advice and Tony Teleda years ago, same thing, you get sat down like you’ve been neighbors for years, “Things are different, you aren’t going to make a million dollars, so don’t worry about all these other tattooers say this or that, it’s bullshit.”
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Also, if you get a chance, you should pick Last of the Bowery Scab Merchants, it’s amazing. It’s an example of what is one of the amazing things about tattooing, the story telling. The oral tradition found on these cd’s is price less. The stories from Walter Moskowitz are rich in history, along with the zinger’s we all love about tattooing. Tracing back his linage from his father, to Charlie Wagner, it’s amazing to hear, along with the extra history tid bits about Civil War tattooing and the rise of the electric tattoo machine and Jonesy. I would recommend that if you love tattoo history, tattooing in general, you will be glad you picked this up. Pick it up at www.scabmerchant.com
I am also going to leave you with a David Bazan documentary, because he is amazing, and I am excited to see him in a few months.