That’s the question that always haunted me. I always wanted to get a gun tattooed on myself, but the more I thought about it, the more I started to realize that the answer was no. I saw the tattoo (pictured on the header), that Robert Pho did a while back and since then it’s always been a thought – yet it remained just that. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind having a gun tattoo, but for me, I fall in love with a new gun every few months, so to commit to tattooing just one wouldn’t work. I’d have to tattoo a whole bunch of them, and walking around looking like a gun catalog or a walking safe doesn’t sit well with me. Besides, if I were to tattoo all my favorite things I’d might as well add a rib-eye, donuts, and Las Vegas landmarks – not a cool mix.
My obsession with guns ends with buying endless amounts of guns and ammo and practicing as if I were entering a competition – but I never will. I don’t like competitions because of the many egos that come with them. For me, all the competition I need is myself and unless I turn schizophrenic I doubt I’ll ever talk shit to myself. The bottom line, I practice because I enjoy it, and much like a tattoo machine becomes one with its artist, the same holds true with a weapon. In short, practice makes perfect and it’s the only way to get better and more precise.
I always catch myself watching tattoo artists putting in work and their craft is no different. In tattooing, just like guns, there are levels of excellence that come as a result of practice. There are learning curves and techniques that have to be repeated time after time and we all know that repetition is the mother of learning. After watching so many tattoo artists put in work, the one thing that always gets me is the intensity you feel when they’re in the zone. You see it in their eyes, you see it in their concentration and as you watch them work you can’t help but get inspired because the focus is intense and their breaks are few.
A few more toys from our training session.
Great artists also tend to associate with like-minded people and talent. They share ideas, inspire each other and that inspiration can actually come from anywhere. Take this post for example. I saw the gun tattoo that Rob did earlier in the day and it made me think about my time spent at the range. There’s certain relevancy that runs in parallel with the topic and it definitely relates because it boils down to practice.
So was this post random? Sure, but it’s as relevant as it is random, and it runs in perfect alignment with the theory of practice. Life gives you back what you put into it so work hard, hone your craft, put in the hours, but as you sit there laughing at this post, remember this, a drinkers tolerance doesn’t get built overnight, and there’s no such thing as great artists that took a creative Viagra and woke up harder than the rest. Artists have mastered their craft by putting in the necessary work, and the growth – and ultimately the success – they experience is one that is slow and steady so start your journey now.
So tonight when you’re about to fall asleep, think about what you’ve accomplished during the day. Think about what events and practices have consumed your day.
– Are you pushing yourself to become better at your craft?
– Are you trying to expand your portfolio and your clients?
– Are you making the calls to get more clients in?
– Or are you sitting around texting and waiting for it to all magically happen?
Answer those questions and you’ll be able to see for yourself what the future holds for you. But I do promise you one thing, if you spent most of your day randomly texting people or flipping through IG and FB, then rest assured you’ll become better at texting – but texting doesn’t pay the bills while browsing through social media doesn’t make you a social worker.
Or does it?
– by contributing writer JV