There is no perfect answer for that, and I can’t explain how you can ever tell if a tattoo is good or bad. I know there are people that really don’t like them, and will tell you that they’re hideous and that you should change them.
For me it’s hard to get rid of them because I keep them in my skin, and they stay in because I feel it’s important. The badness of a tattoo could be that it symbolises something that you can’t express, because you know it. A lot of young guys have really bad tattoos, and it’s hard to get rid of them.
What’s your best tip for a tattoo artist to make your tattoo better?
It would be easy to say that I only work with artists that accept feedback and give good artwork, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
What is a tattoo you can’t live without?
I was married for 10 years, and when it all ended I’d found this perfect tattoo of a couple having sex at the top of a hill. The tattoo is pretty standard in most tattoo parlours… a guy on crutches and the woman holding her knees up in a wheelchair.
The couple is totally in love, but the tattoo is so perfect. It wasn’t long before we started dating and I’d be taking his tattoos out for his birthday party. I got my first tattoo in a tattoo bar, and the guy was very complimentary about how good my tattoo was and how much I liked a tattoo.
I love taking his tattoos out to go hiking and have dinner at his house on a Friday night. He’s not a real man of leisure, so sometimes I’ll be putting this on when I have a date of my own.
If you could have your photo taken with any living tattoo artist, one who could have inspired you…
My tattoo artist is Michael Loughrey. This guy would have definitely inspired me in all aspects of my life, except of course how many tattoos I have, because that would be a huge topic of conversation with him, and because he’s also been on The Apprentice. I’d be really excited to have them on my wrists.
There are only two types of people in the human race: those who will die, or those who don’t. We are only a few thousand or so of these people on the face of the planet; at most, there are perhaps billions. Those who will die are