Tattooing: No longer just for sailors and bikers
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Issue 34, Volume 17.
This might have to do with tattoo shows, as well as seeing the quality of the work improving, he said.
"Itís a pretty crazy range of people now," Wittenberg said.
He is happy to see new people embracing tattooing.
Tattooing has most likely increased over the last decade also due to artists like Ed Hardy, which is similar to old tattoo art. Wittenberg said once that took off, and TV shows like L.A Ink came out, people were starting to see tattoos as a new art form.
"A lot of people doing tattoos now are graduates of art school, or studied art for a long time," he said.
Fads in tattoos always come in phases. For example, six years ago kanji tattoos were popular, said Wittenberg. Now, it seems infinity symbols are the new fad, along with feathers and anything that turns into birds.
He also said the lower back used to be a popular place for tattoos.
"Now nobody ever gets it," he said.
Wittenberg said ribs are a popular spot to place a tattoo; however tattoo seekers should be aware that this is one of the most painful spots, as well as elbows and kneecaps, and any other boney areas. This has to do with the nerves being closer to the surface, accordingto Wittenberg.
Wittenberg shared how someone looking to get their first tattoo should go about.
He suggests that people look at the artistís portfolio. As well as looking for good line work, look at the style and how colors are saturated. This will help match up with what you want.
Wittenberg explained how his style is more traditional, and has an older style, whereas Eva Phoenix, the owner of the Sea Hag, does good portraits.
"If someone came in and they wanted a portrait, I would say ĎIím not the person for you,í" he said, even if the person likes his work.
He also said make sure you like the person who is going to be tattooing you.
"Youíre going to be spending many hours with the person," Wittenberg said. "If you feel like itís not the best thingÖmove on and find someone else."
Wittenberg shared that there are hundreds of great artists in the area.
People who have gotten their first tattoo often have a sense of pride, he said.
"They did something to themselves, and theyíre wearing a new piece of art," Wittenberg said. "People just visualize themselves in a way, and youíre kind of helping to bring out this thing."
Unless someone comes in with an idea for a tattoo that is really bad, Wittenberg said there isnít much he wonít do when it comes to tattooing.
Sea Hag Tattoo Parlour is located at 31285 Temecula Parkway, Suite 170. For more information, visit www.seahagtattoo.com.
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