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John Bradley

Name: John Bradley


Age: 52

Years in Business: 27

Shop Name: Captain Jacks Tattoos

Location: Riverdale NJ

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BAW: What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?

Artist: To me it was always most interesting and I loved the atmosphere of the studios.

BAW: Who are your influences?

Artist: My influences are Big Joe Kaplan, Louie Lombi, Zeke Owens, Ed Hardy, and Kazoo Ogori.

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?

Artist: I enjoy all forms of tattooing and do not limit myself to any one style.

 BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo experience?

Artist: My First tattoo experience was excellent and scary. I was tattooing letters on someone and had Louie Lombi looking over my shoulders it came out awesome.

 BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?

Artist: My Favorite tattoo on me is a Taurus to bull made out of clouds, which represents my son who was born in Florida while on vacation. It was a cloudy day in the sunshine state.

 BAW: What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why?

Artist: A large cross on the back with mom and dadís names in it. While I was tattooing this 18 yr old kid I saw that he was crying and asked if the tattoo hurt he replied no I lost my parents today in a car crash. 

BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?

Artist: Genitals will not do.

 BAW: What made you choose tattooing as a lifestyle?

Artist:  It was in my blood.  My Father was in the merchant marines and he was covered with tattoos and I always thought it was an amazing way to record your history.

 BAW: Do you support supply co. that sells to the public?

Artist: Yes and No.  I only support the known and reputable ones.

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

Artist: NO 

BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?

Artist: Tremendously cause everyone who gets into the business today only does it cause they think they will be a superstar/rock star. Most do not have the formal training of the old timers who had started this industry they are now only in it for the money.

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

Artist: Not at all. 

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

Artist: Dedication.  Dedicate your body, heart, and soul.  Submit yourself to getting tattooed by respected and reputable artist who believe in you and know you will bring the same to this industry.

BAW: What could you say to someone who has had a bad first experience?

Artist: Check it out there are many good artist out there.  Donít be misguided by someone who is not reputable.  Look for a good artist who understands what you want to get

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