For the past 25 years, tattoos have been my life. I’ve known nothing else, I’ve practiced it with due diligence and patience, and after all this time there’s lots I have learned and one quote that I simply can’t forget. That quote? Well it comes from the infamous words of Jim Morrison,
“I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.”
Here’s a portrait of Jim Morrison I did a few years back.
Those words have resonated in the back of my head since way back when and it’s with good reason. In my youth I was more than just the rebellious type. I was out of control, angry and I was obsessed with going against the grain and the powers that be. I also didn’t take in too much during school but I do remember learning about the Revolt of the Admirals…and I was hooked.
If you’re unfamiliar with that incident it was about the Navy admirals publicly disagreeing with the President and Secretary of Defense and that intrigued me. To see that they would stand up against higher powers was empowering, and at that time, the word “revolt” became my favorite word – and probably the biggest word I knew for quite some time. Thank God things changed. lol.
But I was more than rebel, and actually a rebel with a bad cause and it was because of that it landed me on a short term vacation where sand and palm trees were only dreamed of. But that’s a whole other story.
Part of a rare collection of never seen before photos of Jim Morrison
My obsession with that quote actually came way before I was a tattoo artist and maybe that’s why I became one. Back in the day, being a tattoo artist was frowned upon, and maybe it was because of it’s rebellious nature and aura that I eventually became absorbed. Back then I saw tattoos as an artistic outlet of expression with a rebellious aura and again I wanted to go against the grain of what society deemed as “appropriate”. Needles to say, this lifestyle and that quote has taken me to where I am today and I’m thankful. Looking back, tattooing actually saved my life and granted me freedom and that’s something that I’ll touch upon at a later time. Thanks for stopping by. ~ RP