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An Interview with Dave Sawyer


Dave Sawyer


Griffith, IN

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Click on Dave's torso to see an upclose color pic, scroll down for his interview with The Body Art Web.

BAW: What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
: We'll actually it was when I got my first tattoo, when I was 17.
I just knew from that time forward what I wanted to do.

BAW: Who are your influences?
DS: We'll alot of my influences are Paul Booth (love his work) and I've always loved Guy Atchison, amongst Kari Barba.

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?
DS: I like alot of styles, but I guess the most liked is dark subject
matter with alot of gray shade.

BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo Inkspierence?
DS: I knew I wanted one since I was like 15 but wanted to wait till I was through growing. (I knew nothing about the laws, etc...) and a friend of mine wanted to get the ol traditional panther like his father's and didn't want to go alone so he paid for my first one which was a rose with an empty banner. I had it cover about 5 years ago. Never did put a name in the banner.

BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?
DS: Probably, the pic of Carmerela from an Ed Bosch painting on my left upper arm.

BAW: What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why?
DS: This German girl that just came over, she spoke no English & had
a translator with her. I was working in Seattle at the time. She wanted the scorpion design from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on her arm. Anyway I  had about maybe 5 minutes left on the tat & I was changing colors and she took one look at it and passed out, In which neither her friend or I knew it for a minute. Once I noticed I held her head up and just about then she proceeded to piss her pants and on the chair. This
I couldn't believe. and when she came too she had no clue that she did. So explaining to her her through her translator that she needed to go to the rest room was interesting.

BAW: What is your most outrageous tattoo given and why?
DS: A zipper on outer labia probably also one of the toughest,
some people's children????

BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?
DS: Nah, to me skin is ski but, I will explain the differences to the customer before proceeding.

How do you feel about female Tattoo Artists?
DS: I love them.They do some of the most amazing work. They have
a tendency to pay more attention to detail.

Do you support supply co. that sell to the public?
Not at all. I'm a big believer in if your going to do it, do it the right way first. You'll save so much time, $$ & headaches later.

Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling
for soon to be tattoo artists?

DS: I do. There are so many shops that I've seen pop up where the
artist doesn't know dick about tattooing.

Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?
DS: Yes, It is more accepted & much more artsy and technical.
I think it's great.

Do you think it is important to do as many conventions
and shows as possible?

DS: Not really, I'm not big into showing off. I do like the idea of
competition. But, it's just usually a chance for people to push stuff onto
others. Considering the good artist are usually already booked up before hand.

BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or
looking to get into the tattoo business?

DS: Please don't just order a kit and start. It's hard to get your foot in thew door but, go through a apprenticeship with someone who's good and been doing it for many years. Like I said before if your going to do it the right way.

BAW: What could you say to someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence?
DS: Check out the artist before jumping into anything. The main thing
is if you feel comfortable with the artist. Think about it before doing the last minute thing.

BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions to
the public you might have.

DS: All the years I've been in the bizz. You think you've seen it all, till someone comes in with something totally off the wall. Please be safe & original. Be yourself.