The Transition.

Haram is past the honeymoon phase at the shop. She has plenty to do and knows what is expected of her.  It is obvious that she is up for the challenge.

Teaching someone to tattoo is rewarding. The difficult part is presenting a new perspective.  How do you get someone to see beyond the act of tattooing?  To me, tattooing is more than a quick buck and an easy life.  I have no interest in teaching someone the plain mechanics of tattooing.  I want to present to them the deeper side of what tattooing is to me. 

Tattooing is freedom.  Tattooing releases pain and helps people to set benchmarks in their lives.  The urge to get tattooed is so overwhelming and the process can seem confusing. This is why our role as tattooist is so important.  We are not just scratching pictures for a quick buck.  We are helping people get through key points in their lives, and sometimes we have to be the level headed consultant.  Saving people from bad choices and thinking about their future.  

Haram’s next step is to interview tattoo collectors and really get a sense of why people get tattooed.  If you want to share your story with Haram, contact her through her website. or click HERE!

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Today I just wanted to share a quick update on my current status in my tattoo journey. I am nearing in on my two-month mark at Ragtime Tattoo and have already learned so much.

I can see that it takes more than just being a good artist to become a great tattoo artist. Aside from learning about a tattoo machine and practicing flash, you need to develop an eye for design and how it would work as tattoos.

Although my background is in fine art, transitioning into tattoo artistry is not exactly the easiest thing, to say the least. But, I can definitely say that I am gradually improving thanks to the very fine artists (no pun intended) at the shop. This whole journey is such a humbling experience and I am filled with gratitude. I know that I am starting off on the right foot in my learning
experience which in itself is huge as I am aware that this opportunity is rare.

I love learning and I love recognizing improvement within myself. As things naturally become easier, I hope to trust in my ability as I forge ahead. You can’t take a shortcut when hoping to evolve; all good things come with time.

In my upcoming assignment, I will be interviewing few tattoo enthusiasts to understand the psychology behind the act of getting tattooed and I will post updates on that in the near future. 

Thank you for being part of this beginning stage of my journey. Wish me luck!

-Haram Ahn

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