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When I worked in Japan, the clients did not talk much. They told me a general idea of what they wanted but it was up to me to read the client’s vibe. This was how I knew I was drawing on the right path. I still use this today when I meet with a new client. They are so nervous and excited that it becomes difficult to explain verbally what they are wanting to get. Doing small thumb nail sketches during a consultation helps pull out their ideas. It’s like using a forked stick to find water. Eventually you zone in; and bingo, you and your client are on the same page.
The normal way to get into a career field in Austria was to apprentice; even truck drivers apprenticed into their craft. If you asked a stone maker a question about his craft and you were lucky enough to have him answer, you paid respect by paying attention. Tattooing in Europe at that time, the clients had a strong respect for artists. I treated them with appreciation in return. This work environment was a far cry from a busy street shop that I grew up in. I operate my shop today based on what Max taught me: the world will not end if you only work on two tattoos a day. If you concentrate on serving the client, more are attracted to your work.