I have a weird obsession with tattoos. Despite being a complete ink virgin, I’ve always been fascinated by the process and the sunning creations artists permanently leave marked on a person’s skin. So, when I stumbled across Tattoo Machine by Jeff Johnson, I knew I had to read it. This memoir gives readers an inside look at the crazy world of tattoo artists. Told in a series of vignettes, Johnson shares stories about his most most memorable clients, the people he employed, and the day-to-day operations of his tattoo shop in Seattle, including some of the popular slang he and his fellow artists use. He also shares his opinions on the evolution of the industry and what he considers good art. He imparts some wisdom for readers thinking about getting a tattoo, such as check your spelling, don’t drink before an appointment, and treating your artist with respect. (These people are permanently marking your skin after all.) Sarcastic, witty and, at times, just plain outrageous, Tattoo Machine is one insider’s hilarious look at the tattoo industry and the crazy characters and talented artists who have made this industry what it is today.
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