Just had a great phone call with one of the most excellent tattooers working today. Bryan Randolph pretty much gave me my life as I know it… without him I wouldn’t have my job at New York Adorned and I wouldn’t have met my amazing spouse.
This guy has spent countless hours on the phone with me listening to my bitching with the utmost patience and has given me more useful tips on life and tattooing than I could ever hope to remember. When I’m stuck on a drawing, a voice in the back of my head always asks: “what would Bryan Randolph do? (also what would Tom Yak and Dan Santoro do).
Bryan and I hard at work in 09… partners in crime
New York City tattooing really took a hit when Bryan and his family moved back to Oakland CA. The guys at Spider Murphy’s are lucky to have him. Bryan is a rare #1, A+, stand up kind of guy and I’m so grateful to have him and his wife Jen as friends. He loves tattooing more than anyone I’ve ever met and is gift to our industry. Where the hell is his Tattoo Artist Magazine interview?!… just sayin.
It’s Halloween in NYC and that means hoards of drunk grown ups and tons of little kids that only seem to be drunk (I hope). My girl and I braved the waves of intoxicated Vampires, Zombies and Jersey Shore Snookies and made our way over to Homebody Boutique in Park Slope Brooklyn.
Kate Silver opened the doors to her craft/lifestyle/jewelry store one year ago and it has already become a destination spot for folks interested in finding one of a kind items. I bought this cool purse holder made by Kate herself:
Homebody Boutique is on 7th Ave between 15th and 16th streets, a very short walk from the 7th avenue F train stop.
Not sure what to say about this other than: sometimes a custy is late or doesn’t show up for an appointment. When this happens, you know you should work on that drawing for tomorrow or update your blog, or maybe order new supplies… but you just can’t! You and your co-workers have to take weird photos or draw dicks all over your other co workers drawing.
photo by Bryan Randolf
Everyone makes mistakes, right? And this is America goddamn it, a country that has perfected the notion and practice of covering up blunders. So after living with a tattoo that I have hated for the past 8 years I finally decided to exercise my God-given American birthright… And get the thing lasered off.
My intention with the lasering is not complete removal but to lighten it enough to allow for an easy cover up. Luckily for me the tattoo is all black, the easiest “color” to remove.
I chose to go to Bethany Cirlin, owner of Forever Yours Esthetics in Westbury Long Island, because I have been hearing for years that she is the absolute best in the business. If you’ve ever looked into laser removal you’ve probably heard the horror stories about how painful and expensive it is and how you need 20 sessions blah blah blah. The truth is that every tattoo is different and people’s experiences will vary greatly. Some may need more sessions than others, some may find it more painful than others. The key is to go to someone like Bethany, she knows her shit and will talk you through the whole thing.
I am pretty heavily tattooed and don’t scare easily anymore… But I’ll cop to being scared shitless right before my appointment. It wasn’t so much the pain that was making me nervous, more the idea of what would be happening to my skin… The thought of getting punched in the arm by a burning laser that is moving at the speed of light is not a comforting one. Bethany put me right at ease by going over everything that was happening and was savvy enough to pretend not to see my hands shaking.
The lasering took literally 5 minutes. It certainly didn’t feel good, but it wasn’t the worst pain I’ve ever felt. Imagine a poisonous, flaming rubber band snapping your skin 1,000 times per second. I consider it punishment for all the pain I’ve inflicted on my own clients for the past 8 years. The bonus for me is that, only hours after my treatment, the tattoo has already lightened considerably. The bonus for you is that when I go through a painful experience like getting tattooed, lasered or Rolfed it gives me more empathy for my clients… for a little while anyways. Everybody wins!
This picture was taken only a few hours after having the treatment done so my skin is a bit red. The grey has almost disappeared and the black is a lot lighter. It will continue to lighten over the next few weeks and I’ll post more photo’s as the difference grows more dramatic.