Why Would Anybody Want a Tattoo?… season 1

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Tom Becka: Welcome to TomBecka.com where everyone’s exceptional and everyone has a story to tell.

This is a fun story. This is an interesting story. This is a story that I quite honestly, maybe nothing to you, but personally, I just don’t get it. I’m talking about tattoos.

I don’t understand why anybody would get a tattoo, especially numerous tattoos that are visible from everybody. If you get a little tattoo and it’s somewhere hidden, and you just show, and it’s just you and your lover…that I guess is cool. Myself, as I say in the podcast, I have a fear of commitment. That sort of thing.

I don’t understand. People get the sleeves and tattoos so everywhere you look there’s a tattoo there. Personally, it’s not for me. One night when I’m having a single-malt scotch and enjoying a conversation with Lyndsey, who has all these tattoos, I started asking her why a beautiful young woman would do this to herself. Lyndsey’s not only a tattoo enthusiast; she’s also a tattoo artist.

We get into body modifications. We talk about piercings and stuff like that. Why people do it, and why it continues to be an art form that continues to grow. It was a fun interview to do. It was a fun conversation to have. I hope you enjoy it here on TomBecka.com.

Now you’re not the most inked up person I’ve ever seen. But you’ve gotten a lot of tattoos.

Lyndsey: Yes, I do.

Tom: Why?

Lyndsey: For me it’s a way of expression and a little bit of respect for fellow artists in the world. I have a lot of Alphonse Mucha, and it’s because I respect and study his art. It’s my style of being a tattoo artist. I like that feminine, whimsical view.

Tom: You’re a tattoo artist too. You not only have tattoos, but you also do tattoos. I’ll get to that a little bit later on. You and I have had this conversation before. I have a fear of commitment, so I could never get a tattoo.

Lyndsey: We talked about it, yes.

Tom: That’s another issue all together. Secondly, it’s also a thing where I look back on the clothes I was wearing when I was 18. Platform shoes, bellbottoms, the haircut and the glasses and the styles. I’m thinking to myself, you get a tattoo when you’re 18, 19 years old; you’re wearing the same clothes you were wearing.

Lyndsey: You’re still wearing platforms. [laughter]

Tom: I am, actually. I’m short. I’m short.

Lyndsey: I see the gold business around.

Tom: I’m short. Yes, smart ass!

Lyndsey: [laughs]

Tom: Do you know what I mean? In other words, right now this may be how you feel. Are you going to feel this way in 10, 15, 20 years?

Lyndsey: A lot of my choice has been over time. I didn’t start getting larger tattoos or bigger pieces until I was older in life. I thought about them. They all have very deep meaning to me. I have never gone and got the stupid shit face tattoo in the middle of the night.

I have never put anyone’s name on me, except for my mother’s. I know how life changes and you get put through roller coasters. One minute you can love someone, and the next minute not.

Tom: You say you didn’t get any of these bigger tattoos until later in life. How old were you?

Lyndsey: My first tattoo I was 18. Everybody does it on their 18th birthday. You get the small little one. I was probably about 25, when I started getting bigger pieces.

Tom: Did you always want tattoos? What age did you say, “Oh, I can hardly wait until I’m 18, so I can get a tattoo?”

Lyndsey: I started piercing at 12. I started getting all the earrings, stuff like that. I’ve always been a person of expression. Tattoos, probably about high school, when I lived in Europe for a while. It’s a little less taboo over there and more accepted. It kind of turned me on a little bit.

Tom: You’re 18, and you go in for your first tattoo. What is it? Where is it? and what were you going through?

Lyndsey: It was, “I’m just going to get a tattoo. Someone’s buying me a tattoo.” I have a little sun on the top of my neck. A little different, I look at it now. I wouldn’t cover it. I’m not upset about it. I’m proud of it being the first, but it’s not an exception tattoo like, “Wow! Ew!”

Tom: It’s an 18th birthday tattoo.

Lyndsey: It is, yes. That’s what they tend to do.

Tom: I’ve been told by people that are really into tattoos, that it’s addictive. Once you get one, you want more, and more, and more.

Lyndsey: A little bit, yeah.

Tom: How many tattoos do you have right now?

Lyndsey: Well, now I’ve started to consider them pieces. If I was to count them, probably about 20.

Tom: When you say, “Pieces,” what do you mean?

Lyndsey: There is individual small piece… Like they’re small tattoos, but now people start to make them into actual a full arm.

Tom: You connect them or whatever. You have a sleeve, and that sort of thing.

Lyndsey: Now a lot of people don’t do the little tattoos. They come in for a full-fledged art piece. They want something that we design them to go completely around the arm.

Tom: These are visible tattoos. Why did you decide to do them so that people could see them? In other words, wouldn’t you think, just my way of thinking, if you’re going to go and get the tattoos, fine. Get them on your upper arm, or areas of your body that can be easily covered, so that you’re not living with that out in the open for the rest of your life.

Lyndsey: I started that way. When I made it my career, it was a little bit more acceptable to add to the body, add to areas that were more exposed. You don’t get as many judgments when you are the artist yourself.

Tom: You said, “You made it your career.” You are a tattoo artist?

Lyndsey: I am a tattoo artist.

Tom: When did you decide you wanted to be a tattoo artist?

Lyndsey: I’ve always been an artist my whole life. I probably reached high school, I started considering it. My friend, she got offered an apprenticeship. I was kind of jealous. I was like, “I kind of want to do this.” Then about a year in, she said, “Hey. We’re looking for another artist. Bring in your art portfolio.” I was accepted for apprenticeship.

Tom: My image of a tattoo artist is kind of a big burly, tattooed up guy. Hygiene may not be his strong point, who is out there giving tattoos.

Lyndsey: They’re out there. [laughs]

Tom: I know. That’s my image. You are a very attractive woman who is doing this. Are there a lot of women tattoo artists, or is it more the big burly guy that I was thinking of being a tattoo artist?

Lyndsey: It is pretty much men. Mostly men artists, but women are breaking through. There’s a lot more women artists, and there’s been a lot more respect for women artists. There are people nowadays that look for women artists.

Tom: Why?

Lyndsey: That I can’t answer. I don’t know. Some feel more comfortable being with female artists. We tend to be a little bit more friendly, forward with them, and more understanding.

I don’t want to step on toes by saying anything about how some artists I’ve heard, how they act towards their clients. Women tend to be just a little bit more laid back.

Tom: Gentle, maybe?

Lyndsey: Gentle, yes. That works.

Tom: Are people nervous when they come? I imagine their first tattoo they’re nervous. But even with people that are going for their second, third, fifth, tenth, whatever, tattoos. Do they still tend to get nervous when they go in?

Lyndsey: Yes. I’ve had a client come in… Well, it wasn’t my client, it was a fellow artist’s client. She was so nervous. She was like, “I have eight tattoos. I don’t even know why I’m this nervous,” then when she gets it done…

Where I work, the shop I’m at, we tend to make people a little bit more comfortable right away, just because we have a sense of humor. We all hang out. We make light of it. It is a big deal, but it’s not a big deal to the point where you need to be shaking in the corner.

After her tattoo, she went on our web page, and she’s like, “I was so nervous. I’ve had so many tattoos. They were great people, and they did nothing but make me feel comfortable.”

Tom: If somebody was really nervous about getting a tattoo, would you tell them, “Hey, you know what? Why don’t you go home, think about it, and relax. If you still want it, then come back,” or do you just say, “Hey, look. A gig is a gig, is a paycheck,” and do it even if they’re nervous and apprehensive?

Lyndsey: No. I would never do that. Usually, with a customer age is a big deal. What they want to get done.

Tom: What do you mean age is a big deal? You’ve got to be 18, or older, right?

Lyndsey: With a parent’s signature, they can be younger. That’s usually left up to the artist, and their discretion on what they want to do. A 10-year old could come in and be like, “I want a tattoo.” If the parent signs, we’ll do it.

Tom: You would do it?

Lyndsey: I wouldn’t do it.

Tom: You wouldn’t?

Lyndsey: I would not. No. I’m pretty strict on…I won’t do anyone under 17, but 18 is the age that they need to be without a parent consent. It depends. If you come in and want a small tattoo, and you’re freaking out, nervous. I would tell you, “You need to think about it.”

I had a customer, she was 18, and she was super nervous. She was more nervous about the needle. They’re usually not just nervous about the tattoo itself. They’re nervous about what they’re about to experience physically.

Tom: People actually have a real fear of needles.

Lyndsey: Oh, yeah. One of my fellow artist’s, he’s extremely fearful of needles at the doctor. He says that they laugh at him every time, because he cringes. He’s completely covered with tattoos. It’s a mental state for sure.

Tom: Is that what that is? Is it a mental thing? In other words, is it people maybe that are afraid of needles trying to overcome their fear of something?

In other words, what are you trying to… be a little pop psychologist here for a second… What is it about a person that’s all tattooed up… Are they covering something up? Are they trying to hide something? Are they…than somebody that doesn’t have a tattoo?

Lyndsey: No, everybody expresses themselves completely different. There are people that are into getting piercings. There are people into cycling. There are people into working out. Everybody has their way of expressing themselves and even dealing with emotions. It’s individuality. That’s the thing with tattoos, that’s why some don’t and some do is individuality. For me my expression for my individuality is…

Tom: I always love that. I’m getting a tattoo to show my individuality just like everybody else. If you’re getting a tattoo, are you not just following along with the crowd? I mean how is that…

Lyndsey: You’re not because you’re getting pieces that are for yourself. I design and choose a lot of what’s on my body. I don’t have a crazy chick riding a rocket ship out into space.

I’ve heard some pretty embarrassing tattoos and seen some pretty embarrassing tattoos. It’s all for effect. It’s all for what they can get out of people’s reactions. That’s very true.

There are the people that they do it to… Like me…Alphonse Mucha one of my ultimate favorite artists. You know that. I have his artwork on me because,… it’s on my wall at home, too. I think it’s beautiful. It’s something that I will always have on my wall at home and I will always have on my body. To show and express how I feel about that artist.

Tom: I go back to the earlier…my own view on this.

People listening to this podcast that are big tattoo fans and have a lot of tattoos, are going to hate me for saying this…. I go back to that, I look back, and I think, I used to like certain types of music. I used to like certain movies, TV shows. You go back to it years later and it’s like, “Oh geez, yeah, no!”

The same thing here, I mean you know you say, “This is your art” but attitudes change, your styles change. I mean even great artists like Picasso or Monet. Although they had a basic line of what type of art they did, they went through different periods where they were doing different stuff.

Lyndsey: Yeah, different styles. These are pieces…the Mucha pieces I have, are pieces that fit my style of art that I do. I also do print making which is what Mucha was known for.

You look at a jazz musician, he has his own set of music but they’re all inspired by different artists, different jazz musicians and what they grew up listening to and inspired them to create what they did. It’s the same for me. My tattoo style is on that elegant, whimsical look.

Tom: What did your parents say when you first started getting all of these tattoos?

Lyndsey: Oh, my gosh. My mother was not the happiest. My brother had some before me. He kind of prepped her for it. My dad knew that it was going to happen.

[laughs]

Lyndsey: He got a phone call. He was out of town when I called, I still lived at home, and I called him and said, “I got a tattoo.” They got over it. My mother came to the point where she’s like, “I just want to shake you and tell you to stop doing it.” I kept doing it. My brother did it. We’re the only two out of the four children that actually have tattoos. They accept it. They’re just very happy that we don’t have any crazy tattoos. Like the legs on the arms, where you lift up the arm and the man’s armpit is the ladies crotch. Can I say that?

Tom: You can do whatever you want. It’s a podcast.

Lyndsey: There are ridiculous tattoos. We’ve never chose to get ridiculous tattoos.

Tom: If somebody wanted a really ridiculous tattoo, would you also say, “Look dude, come on really? Do you really want to make your armpit look like a woman’s crotch? Would you try to talk him out of it? Or do you just say, “This is how this guy chooses to express himself.” He’s going to regret it later.

Lyndsey: Oh yeah, you know they’re going to regret it. There’s some that… you do names and I try to at least kind of mention; “Are you sure? Is this what you really want to do?”

I’ll even try to kind of angle them at a different place on the body or do something in a different color that makes it, if anything I hate to tell people, “Hey if your relationship doesn’t work out.” You do have to let them know, this will make it a little bit easier to cover up.

[laughs]

Lyndsey: If anything does go wrong. That’s all you can do in this job. You do what people ask you to do. You at least try to give it some type of artistic side and make it beautiful. What I care about, is making it a good tattoo.

Tom: Tattoos are a lot more mainstream than they were years ago. Do your tattoos hinder you in other things? In other words, people look at you differently. Do people react to you differently? Has it been difficult to get other jobs? If you meet a guy, maybe doesn’t like all the tattoos.

Lyndsey: Yeah.

Tom: Has it been a problem?

Lyndsey: Well, I have enough now that if they don’t like it, they can’t really do anything about it. Yeah, the biggest thing that we always discuss at the shop is people like to think they can touch you, like you’re a work of art. They grab your arm, they twist it around, and you’re like, “I don’t know you and you’re touching me.”

I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve managed restaurants with my tattoos. I’ve seen managers across the board whether they be in the kitchen or a full-fledged restaurant and they’re covered in tattoos. It’s a little more acceptable than it used to be. I’ve kept mine hidden away enough that… that are on my neck, that are on my hands… I can go to cover them. I can go to church with my mom if I need to. I can go to a wedding and I can keep them hidden that people don’t really know about them.

A lot of people are very fascinated by them. My biggest question is what’s the story? I know there’s always a story. They want to know the story between each tattoo and what it means. I think people, even if they say they’re not accepting of them, they’re very interested in them.

Tom: What is the tattoo that has the most meaning to you?

Lyndsey: Sorry, I’m looking at my arms and I’m trying to decide. My biggest one is the two on my wrist, ‘I have lost and I have found’. It reminds me that in life, you may feel lost but you will always find yourself and that’s probably my biggest one.

Tom: You talk about people like to touch your tattoos and stuff like that. I read an article awhile back where it said that guys are more… they hit on women with tattoos more than a woman that doesn’t have a tattoo. They think that a woman with tattoos is a little bit looser, a little bit…yeah, little bit…

Lyndsey: Tom, I am…

Tom: …I’m not saying you are.

Lyndsey: …No, I know but I just…oh, OK, we’re going to go here.

Tom: Is that your experience?

Lyndsey: They think you’re a little more exotic. I’ve been told when people get to know me, you’re a sweet heart. From the outside they think I’m a bad girl and I’m all about getting wild and crazy and that’s not it.

But that’s what a lot of people assume they get out of you. And then they meet you and they’re like “you’re so nice. You have a college degree. What? Oh.” That’s what I’m used to.

Tom: Aren’t you putting that image out there because that’s…

Lyndsey: That’s them. If they want to believe that about people without getting to know people. I don’t judge anybody.

Tom: Really?

Lyndsey: I don’t.

Tom: If you saw somebody wearing a big suit and tie, you would not put an image on them as opposed to a guy who’s wearing a flannel shirt?

Lyndsey: No.

Tom: If you saw those two guys, side by side, you would think that they’re the same type of person?

Lyndsey: You don’t know. One could have just got off work and one’s been off work. One’s on vacation. You don’t know. I don’t judge anybody till I get to know them.

Tom: Do you think that most people are that way?

Lyndsey: What, those two people?

Tom: No, do you think most people? In other words, you understand if people do look at you and say you’ve got tattoos, you must be fill in the blank.

Lyndsey: It’s hard to answer that question because everyone’s different.

If I put off this persona that I’m, well I don’t want to say loose, but if someone says this person’s hardcore, they’re probably mean, they’re probably not happy people because they did this to themselves then why are you touching me?

I’d think that you’d be fearful that I’m going to punch you in the face.

Tom: I know you and you would. None of this matters to you.

Lyndsey: I don’t dwell on it. I have no regrets. At this point I have no regrets and I don’t believe I will. I’ve picked wisely, I believe.

Tom: You mentioned piercings. What about piercings? I’m not asking you if you’ve got piercings all over or anything like that. That’s another part of that same expression. The piercings and the tattoos go hand and hand right?

Lyndsey: No, because in our shop we don’t do piercings. Excuse me. In my shop we don’t do piercings. We’re strictly a custom shop.

Piercings are a different way of expression.

Tom: Body modification, that sort of thing.

Lyndsey: The way you want to express yourself. There are people that do it because they may have studied a Pacific Islander tradition, and they’re like oh that’s so cool and they’re into it. A lot of it’s the look. Especially with piercings and stretching and things like that.

Tom: Tattoos I can understand a lot more than the guys with the big earlobes and what do they call those things with the big holes

Lyndsey: Plugs.

Tom: The big plugs and the earlobes are like down to their shoulders. I don’t

Lyndsey: They get extreme. It’s not my thing. I don’t judge them for it. You get into it. Also it’s with tattoos. You do go through a body modification and you have endorphins that are released, you go through a type of pain and change. Some people enjoy it.

Tom: They enjoy the pain?

Lyndsey: Oh yeah. There’s suspension. Your body counteracts this pain and there is a euphoric feeling.

Tom: You’re talking about suspense with the people that put hooks in their back and then go swinging and stuff.

Lyndsey: Yeah. Those are people who aren’t just getting pierced permanently. That’s just them going through this expression and experience that I have not tried, but the people I know and the friends…

Tom: You know people who have done the piercing suspension where they…

Lyndsey: Yeah.

Tom: You just talking about this are giving me the willies. I cannot imagine anybody wanting to do that. People that have done that that you have talked to that you know, what do they get out of it?

Lyndsey: If you’d like I can set that up for you to talk to one of those guys. I know there’s Monty and Mike in town. They do all the suspension shows and they enjoy it. It’s just an experience.

I think especially in life today experience is everything? A lot of people don’t experience stuff. A friend of mine, her boyfriend went through it and it was the biggest thing for him. It meant a lot to him. His experience was life changing.

I haven’t experienced, so I don’t really know the details of what he went through.

Tom: I’ve gone skydiving twice and I’ve repelled down the side of a 30 story skyscraper. I’ve done that for experiences. I guess there’d be other people looking at me saying, “what are you an idiot? Are you stupid for doing something like that?”

If I’m saying the same thing to the guy with the piercings, you’re trying to tell me that’s all the same thing.

Lyndsey: It’s the adrenaline. Adrenaline. It’s life.

Tom: Whitewater rafting! You don’t need to be putting hooks in your back and swinging from the rafters.

Lyndsey: For everybody it’s different. Everybody is different. We all find our niche of what we thrive off of. There are people that do ridiculous things and illegal things, and there’s all kinds of things.

Maybe they could afford to get suspended before they could afford to jump out of a plane. Maybe it’s just safe. It’s right here, it’s easy, and it’s in front of me.

Tom: Which brings the question. What does something like that cost to do a suspension?

Lyndsey: I’ve never actually went to the suspension. I don’t know what the cost of it was.

Tom: What does a tattoo cost?

Lyndsey: It depends on size, place, and sessions. It depends on the artist. There are phenomenal artists that can charge an arm and a leg like someone in California who can charge $600 for a haircut.

Our shop starts at a $50 minimum and that’s for anything quarter size to palm size depending on the amount of color, detail, everything. It’s all based off the image itself.

Tom: You mentioned you don’t have any tattoos on your neck or anything. There are especially people in prison. They get tattoos on their face. Would you do one on somebody’s face? Would you do it on their neck? Would you do it if it was maybe sort of a gang tattoo or if it was a message that you didn’t agree with? Would you draw the line on that?

Lyndsey: A message I don’t agree with. I would probably say no. If they get something done that I’m not aware or educated enough to know, I don’t know what I would say. I’ve tattooed faces because I’ve done permanent cosmetics.

Tom: You’ve done tattooed faces as far as eyebrows and that sort of thing.

Lyndsey: Yes. I’ve never actually tattooed anything like the tear drops or numbers, names, any of that. I’ve done neck. Each to their own.

I wouldn’t myself because I’m not doing it for attention so if I want to cover up; I have that opportunity to cover up. People do do necks. Males are more into doing the necks and hands.

Tom: You ever have people come in afterwards and asked if you can remove the tattoos?

Lyndsey: We don’t remove them but we sure can cover them. And yes, we get a lot of cover-ups. Cover-ups are big.

Tattoos have changed a lot over the years. Quality of ink, the way needles are made, machines. A lot of tattoos that were done in the last 10 to 20 years are a lot different than the tattoos that are made and created now.

So you get a lot of people that come in and want stuff fixed or covered or touched up.

Tom: I’m going to ask the reverse of a question I was asking a little bit earlier. I mentioned the comment that I read the article about guys seeing anyone with tattoos and thinking maybe they’re a little bit easier.

Do women look at guys with tattoos and think of them differently sexually than if the guy didn’t have tattoos showing? Do they look like “oh there’s a bad boy?”

Lyndsey: Yes and no. I never judge a book by the cover. I tend to date guys with no tattoos which a lot of people in my friends and family think that’s quite weird. There is something a little bit more attractive, especially if you’re a woman with tattoos.

It’s something right off the bat that you know you have in common. You tend to pull to those kinds of people.

Tom: I imagine that is a conversation starter isn’t it? If you’re in a situation, you’re just meeting people. We can always find ourselves in a cocktail party or some sort of a social situation where you’re doing that awkward small talk.

You don’t know what to say so you talk about the weather or something. I would imagine if you’ve got a sleeve of tattoos, that’s definitely a conversation starter isn’t it?

Lyndsey: Absolutely in this generation it is. Tom I don’t run into you at the Cork and say; “hey, let’s talk tattoos.” We actually did. Never mind, we did.

Tom: That was the first time you and I started talking. That was over the tattoos and we were basically having this conversation. I said, “I want to bring you on the pod cast. I want to get you on the show here because I do find it fascinating.”

It is so more out of my area of comfort. It’s out of my comfort zone. The idea of having, especially the number of tattoos that you have, and the visible tattoos that you have.

I will admit there was one time in my life. It was after I repelled down the side of that 30 story building. I and some friends went to a tattoo parlor and I was going to get a tattoo. They were booked and couldn’t get me in.

By the next day the adrenaline had worn off and I was like yeah I’m good. I will admit after the adrenaline of going down the 30 story building, I would have gotten a tattoo of the building on my arm and something like that. The next day, it was like “no, I’m good.”

Lyndsey: Didn’t you also say you may still get it?

Tom: Yeah no.

Lyndsey: No? Just checking. I thought that maybe one night that you said you would maybe still get it. That’s adrenaline.

Tom: Never say never but let’s put it this way. It’s not on my bucket list at this point.

Lyndsey: Life makes you do crazy things and I’m sure that’s why half of America has names of a girl that they just met on their body that they’re going to cover. It’s the adrenaline of love. It’s the adrenaline of an experience that you don’t want to forget.

Tom: What is the biggest misconception about tattoos? You and I have had this conversation. You know where I’m coming from when it comes to it. What does the average person think about it? Comments that you hear from people?

Lyndsey: There is the conception that you are bad boy bad girl. Depending on the quality of the tattoo, there’s people you see and wonder “oh did they do prison time?” Usually it’s rebellion. It’s something that that person rebels in some sort of way in their life.

Tom: Are you a rebel?

Lyndsey: I was before I had tattoos.

[laughter]

Lyndsey: No. I started getting tattoos when I got it together. That’s probably why I don’t have ridiculous tattoos. I’ve been offered and asked to get ridiculous tattoos, and I’ve said no. Working in a shop and having apprentices that want to practice and want to put stupid things on you and…

Tom: Like what?

Lyndsey: The best one was when an apprentice asked to put a stamp that said “tramp” in it on the tramp stamp back.

Tom: Yeah. There you go.

Lyndsey: I was like, “No.” They’re like, “Why? We let you practice on us.” I was like, “Well, you’re idiots.”

Tom: [laughs]

Lyndsey: “Thank you. I appreciate it. I would never let anyone put anything on me unless you have at least five years’ experience.”

[laughter]

Lyndsey: But some people just get tattooed to get tattooed. I tattooed a band that came in town. They were going through Nebraska, and we did cornhusks on them. They were collecting tattoos across the world. They had stuff from Australia. They had stuff everywhere that represented where they were at.

Tom: Where they were.

Lyndsey: Yeah.

Tom: Interesting.

Lyndsey: It’s a collection. It’s like that “Illustrated Man” book.

Tom: If somebody’s listening to this and thinking about getting their first tattoo. What’s the one thing they’ve got to know?

Lyndsey: Think about it. Truly think about it as long as you need to. A lot of people like to pick stuff. I hate to say it. Pinterest? I mean there’s the standard all-American, especially girl, tattoos. There’s a list of probably about 10 that they all get. I’ll tattoo one girl, and then her friend wants it the next week. It’s like, “You all have the same tattoo. There’s no individuality there.”

Mine are all designed one of a kind. That’s why at our shop we prefer to do custom tattoos. We’d rather you give us an idea and let us put a spin on it and a play on it so it’s not like everybody else’s.

Tom: You say you’re an artist. Is it just tattoos now or are you doing other art too or…?

Lyndsey: Yeah. I do printmaking and watercolors. What I do on my own personal time.

Tom: Do you want to be a professional artist? Do you want to make your living as an artist or is the artist just a thing you do when you’re not doing tattoos?

Lyndsey: Oh, no. I want to be an artist. I stopped tattooing for a few years to get my art degree just because I wanted to touch on some other medias just to see what’s out there. You learn a lot. You go to college. You do color theory. There are a lot of different things you can pick up.

I’d like to tattoo for the rest of my life, but I know that things can happen. You work with your hands. Things can come on with the future that could keep me from doing it, so I want to have other opportunities. I wanted to be a children’s book illustrator. That was my plan if the tattoo thing didn’t work out. I just enjoy doing a lot of different things. I’ll try anything.

The reason I love tattooing is every day you get tested. You have someone that comes in with a new idea or they want a new style that you’re not familiar with. So you have to educate yourself, and you have to try it. You have to push yourself because muscle memory and education, you’re not used to doing that. When you get to sit there and try something new, it’s exciting and makes it like starting a new job.

You’re like, “Oh, this is so different than what I do.” When that customer comes in and that client sees what you do and they’re in love with it, you glow. It’s exciting. It never ends.

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Tom: There you have it. Lyndsey, her passion for tattoos. I admire anybody that has a passion for something. Anybody that has something that speaks to them or has calling in that. Lyndsey obviously enjoys her work. She obviously loves her tattoos, and God love her for it. But like I said, they’re not necessarily, as they used to say, my cup of tea. That’s what makes the world go around.

I hope you enjoyed this interview. I hope you enjoyed this podcast. Join us again every Sunday when we bring in a new interesting person here on TomBecka.com.

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