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Chuck Dodge

Artist Interview


Artist of the Month

MARCH 2000

Chuck Dodge - Mountain Man Tattoos, Finlayson, MN Name:
Chuck Dodge



Finlayson, MN

Years in the Biz: 10


BAW: What or who inspired you to want to become a Tattoo Artist?
CD: Not sure.....after I got my first tat it started.....I used to paint but I always felt my pics looked like paint by number so I gave that up. Then once I got my first tat I had this gut feeling "I could do this" and I am the type of person that once I put my mind to something I don't give up very easy....never have ...never will.

BAW: Who are your influences and who do you trust with your own ink?
CD: I have never met Rand Johnson but his flash is some of my favorite stuff..(cherry creek)...I have done alot of work from his flash and feel it has influenced my own style...other wise none of the people I have had work on me so far are in the category any more that I would feel "safe" with them inkin me, except Kelli Maggs of course.

BAW: Do you have a particular artist you would be interested in working with or meeting?
CD: I would love to meet Kari Barba her styles attract the eye and I would love to pick her mind for a while.

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?
CD: It must be the middle school style...I am not that hot on new school but wont knock it and old school has so much more to offer than it gives.

BAW: Tell us about the first tattoo you gave?
CD: OUCH!!!! was on my own leg and full of lessons. It took quite a while to heal too......I butchered a spot or I know to keep moving and not to keep going over an area...OUCH!!!

BAW: What is your most memorable / outrageous tattoo given and why?
CD: Haven't had too many outrageous requests...I did have a guy who shaved a spot on the back of his head to have me put an eyeball there but that's only odd here in

BAW: Have you ever inked anyone famous and what type of work did you do on them?
CD: Their all famous in their own movie starts or anything...just normal..regular people.

BAW: What could you say was or is your greatest technical challenge in the business?
CD: At first I was struggling with tuning my machines...and didn't even know it,....but I got help from a few other tattooists...learned a few of their short cuts and got some of the best machines around...(Mickey Sharpz)....the rest is a continual learning process.

BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?
CD: The face. It ruins you chance at an honest first impression.

BAW: Do you support supply co. that sell to the public?
CD: Well...that is how I got started but as I moved along I started to see the damage they can do...but I suppose it is only fair business practice...not much that can be done about it.

BAW: Do you feel that there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists?
CD: If there was one out there I would still check it out and would have definitely went to it at might flood the market with artists than that would change the way tattooing is done.

BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?
CD: It is safer...more accepted....quite the growing business....shops are popping up all over. Just waiting for

the crash....but I hope it don't happen...if it does it will separate the true tattooist from the quick buck boys.

BAW: Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows as possible and if you do attend do you make it a point to attend guest and seminars?
CD: At this time it is impossible for me to do that but as soon as I can step aside because here I come!!!

BAW: Do you support artists that cannot technically draw but can trace and shade a tattoo stencil?
CD: There is a place for everyone...I'm not god......its not my decision.

BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to get into the tattoo business?
CD: Try to find an artist who will take you under his or her wing and read everything ever written on tattooing...ask questions and "DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU"

BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions to the public you might have.
Don't just go to any old shop....check them out....this is a forever decision....don't shop for a cheep might just get one.


4x4ing on my atvs, hunting, fishing, running my saw mill, surfing the web


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