I decided that it was time to get my third tattoo which I had wanted to for a year or so. I am new to the area, and thus didn’t really have someone who could point me in the direction of a tattoo shop, so I yelped it and Artistic Impressions was the first that came up.
I called beforehand to see if they were busy, and I talked to Danny who very nicely invited me to come over to the shop and check out their setup and artwork.
I was pretty anxious about going in, partly because I don’t know much about tattooing. But even more so because getting tattoos is always very personal for me, both the experience and the design, and can be difficult to share with a stranger.
After feeling like I was stumbling over my first couple words, I told Danny what I had in mind, and he directed me to a couple of books of the artists work while he helped someone else.
Then he came over and we started chatting. Wow, I was not expecting the ensuing conversation. He answered all the questioned I had about tattooing. Everything from the equipment, to his first tattoo, even to how he got into tattooing. It’s rare that I hit it off with someone as well as I did with Danny. We chatted even after they were closing up.
Anyway, long story short, Danny is an awesome dude who truly wants to make, not only the tattoo badass, but also the experience. He’s got some mind-blowing artwork and has experience with graphic design.
I went into the shop the next day with the design I had drawn up, and Danny transferred it lickity-split. He answered all the questions I had about the gun, sanitation, and tattoo techniques.
I went in with my own design this time, but if I’m around Houston when I get some ideas for number 4, I will mos def have him work his magic!