Signature Tattoo is just a stone’s throw from the current MT location, on 9 Mile in Ferndale and right next door to the excellent Found Sound record store. Words like “trial and error” are the last things you want to hear from the man about to introduce permanent ink to the underside of your skin. Need an artist or shop recommendation?Give us a description of the tattoo you're looking for and we'll try to match you up with a great local artist or shop! The more I thought about it, the more it appealed because, as Heggie says, tattoos should tell a story, and the MT has been a huge part of my life for years now. It’s not like you can just erase the work and start again (even with the current laser technology, it isn’t quite that simple). Dan Rick pulls out a great anecdote about a woman who wanted a rose tattooed on her face because she worked for Ford and she wanted them to fire her so that she could sue them. It seems obvious, but a lot of thought needs to go into both the design and your choice of artist.
And then they compound those mistakes by getting the mistake covered up with another mistake. I had no idea then, that tattooing would eventually be my career, and a way for me to raise and support a family.
Featuring shops such as American Pride Tattoos, Red Anchor Tattoo Co., Eternal Tattoos, Big Top Tattoo, Royal Oak Tattoo, and Chroma Tattoo, Detroit is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. I insisted that the logo be incorporated into a design in keeping with my existing tatt, and everyone was happy with that. Little disconcerting though — there seems to be a lot of dead, stuffed animals filling the wall space in-between. The Mark Heggie of today is an accomplished and celebrated artist, a professional who doesn’t have any time for people in the scene who are in it for the rock ’n’ roll party.
The fun part is that, when in a room with four guys who each have full sleeves, you can’t let on. As it turned out, they didn’t fire her so she ended up unhappy at work and decorated with a face-flower. Yes, I genuinely thought very hard before putting this newspaper’s logo on my arm, and I had it incorporated into a design that I love. I’ve always messed around with drawing and painting in my younger years and finally found a way to do it everyday and make a living. I came into Eternal Images about 12 years ago, looking to fix up some of my earlier, poor decision tattoos. With a population of around 707,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Heggie’s business partner, Dan Rick, is in the store, as are employees Sam Wolf (rockabilly-looking dude) and John Kurse (metal dude).
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had just the one piece — a flaming eight ball with the batman symbol in the window replacing the “8.” And then I decided to get the Metro Times logo inked onto my arm. Kurse irritates Heggie slightly when he chooses to blast British heavy metal titans Saxon throughout the store, but it’s a fatherly sort of irritation.
Google Places lists 282 different tattoo shops in the Detroit area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. When the tattoo is finished and you go home, there’s a whole other type of hurt — an extreme sunburn-hurt.
There’s going to be so many bummed out people in 15 years with horrible tattoos and terrible, trendy ideas. Eternal Tattoos in Livonia currently boasts one of the largest selections of artists in the area, listing the following artists on their site: Jesse Welker, Jay Wheeler, TJ Hoddge, Doug Bickle, Trent Thompson, Kevin Lytle, AaronRuby, Cheryl Tash, Scott Shultz, Hippo, and Dave Haze.
When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.
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