With so many tattoo artists and tattoo artists shops in our city, it’s easy to see why some are turning to tattoo artists who have been around for a while.
And it’s a big part of the business, as they’re able to offer an array of services and services at a fair price.
One tattoo artist who has been tattooing for over 25 years, and who has had his own tattoo business since the 1970s, is a dentist from the city of Calgary, and he’s had the same idea for a long time.
“You’ve got a big tattoo and you’re thinking, ‘What can I do with this?’
So I said, ‘You know what?
Let’s put it on my tooth,’ ” says Steve Stiles, a tattoo artist and owner of The Ink Machine.
Stiles says he has been doing tattoo art since he was 10 years old, and his interest in tattooing is growing.
“My brother and I started working at one of my sister’s shops, where we had our own line of tattooing, and I thought it would be cool to make some kind of signature piece of art,” he said.
Stories like these are why he decided to start his own business, which was able to bring in $40,000 in the last six months, and which has helped him to build up a business and career.
Stile is the co-owner of The Silver Tones Tattoo and Piercing in downtown Calgary.
It’s a small shop with a couple of tattoo artists working in a space that has seen some changes over the last year.
“We have more space now,” Stiles said.
“I think that was the biggest thing.
The new owners, they wanted to keep it small.
They wanted to get rid of the older people that had been there for so long.”
Stiles, who was also the owner of a tattoo shop in Calgary’s west end, says he’s learned a lot from working in his hometown.
“The things that I’ve learned is that the people that come to our shop, we are not the same as the people we’ve worked with,” he says.
“There’s a difference between someone that is doing something new and someone that’s been doing it for a decade.”
It’s the same with the artists.
We’re trying to get to know them, talk to them, listen to them.
It helps to get a better sense of what they’re like and what they like to do.
“Stile says he wants to offer the best tattoo artists that he can, but he also wants to provide the best service to the community he works with.”
To me, what we’re trying really hard to do is really do what we can to create a positive impact, and it’s been a really positive experience,” he explained.”
One thing that we’re doing, as a business, is we’re not doing it to make a quick buck.
We don’t want to make money off of anything, but what we do is give back, to give back to the communities that we work in.
“Stills says he doesn’t want the tattoo industry to be seen as a “crazed business.””
I’ve seen people get their teeth tattooed, and people get a tattoo on their arm and get a piece of tooth, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” he added.”
But we don’t need a crazed business out there.
It can’t be a crazy business out here.
“Styles says he hopes his new tattoo business will help him to reach more people.”
Tattooing has really helped me in my life and in my career, and now it’s helping me to reach even more people, and that’s really what this is all about, to spread the word about what we are doing,” he concluded.