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Bill Mussumeli

Bill Mussumeli


New York City, NY, USA


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Q1. Where did you get your first Tattoo and Do you know by who?
A. I got my first tattoo at Big Joe & Son's tattoo, in Mt. Vernon, NY. It was done by the owner, Big Joe Kaplan.

Q2. What was going through your mind when you got your first tattoo?
A. I was kinda scared that it would be painful because I had built it up in my mind to be this terrible thing, but Joe told me not to worry, and he was right.

Q3. Is there a meaning behind your 1st Tat and what is it if you care to share?
A. My first tattoo was a Black Rose of Death, in memory of my mother, who passed away when I was little. I chose the black rose because when she passed away, some of the "color" from my life left with her.

Q4. What is your favorite Tattoo, where is it and why?
A. I have 10 tattoos so far, but my favorite is my Celtic piece, done by Craig Cooley at Abstract Tribal Tattoo, in New York City, NY. It is on my back, from shoulder to shoulder, top of the neck down to the middle of the back. For me, the knotwork and the images of the fighting beasts entwined in battle represent the sometimes 'never-ending' struggles that we all must deal with in our daily lives.

Q5. What advice can you give people who are looking to get ink for the first time?
A. When you choose an artist for your first tattoo, make sure that you check some of his/her work first. A good artist will be proud of his/her work, so they will most likely have photo albums available. Look for photo's of real work done by the artist, not just the flash on the walls. Anyone can hang a sheet of flash, but it doesn't mean they can tattoo one of those designs on you. Also, think about what you REALLY want before the needle hits the skin - you're going to have to explain that tattoo to someone, perhaps your grand-kids, years from now.

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