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MECHEL CISCO

Name: Mechel Cisco

Email: RavenBiNite@aol.com

Age:40

Location: Atlanta GA/ Memphis TN

Website & Url  www.Mechelcisco.com

No website yet.....Blues Tattoos, Memphis TN

Blues Tattoos, 5062 American Way, Memphis TN  (901) 365-7660

 

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

Artist: Being an artist, tattooing is just another medium for me. I love the idea of the body being a blank canvas. 

BAW: Who are your influences?

Artist: I don't know that I have any influences, there are a lot of great artists out there 

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?

Artist: I like tribal the best. I also like mixing traditional designs with tribal 

BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo Inkspierence?

Artist: The first tattoo I did was on a friend, a little frog, it was a great feeling. I knew I was hooked from that point on, then of course I tattooed myself. 

BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?

Artist: tattoos on my arms 

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

Artist: All the tattoos I have done have meaning, but I think its too early in my career to have a most memorable one. 

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

Artist: I have second thoughts about tattooing anyone's face, but no one has approached me to do that yet. Although I like the tribal tattoos on the face I guess it would depend on the individual getting it done. Big decision to tattoo the face, could change someone's life for better or worse given the way some look down on tattoos. 

BAW: How do you feel about female Tattoo Artists?

Artist: Well, I'm female and an artist.... 

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

Artist: If they didn't I probably would have never got started. It's not like you can walk into a tattoo shop and say "teach me". 

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

Artist: Schools are good but I have found a lot of rip offs out there. It's also hard to find a school located near you without packing up and moving. Just getting a license is hard enough in some states. 

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

Artist: I don't know about changing but I have noticed a resurgence of the art. 

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

Artist: I think the shows and conventions are important. An artist is always learning his/her craft no matter what the medium may be. The shows and conventions are a good way to learn from others, meet other artists, and good form of exposure. 

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

Artist: I have found its not easy getting started. Apprenticeships can be expensive and time consuming and if your not careful you can get burned. Dealing with license can be a real pain. If this is your life's call then I say go for it, just know there are hurdles out there to overcome. 

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

Artist: If you mean a bad tattoo, then I say check around for someone to do a cover up. As far as anything else, its always good to do your homework. Check out the place, ask questions and about sterilization. Any concerns you may have they should be willing to answer and make you feel comfortable, if not, go somewhere else. 

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

Artist: Trying to open a tattoo studio, me and my partners met a lot of opposition from closed minded officials. Because of stereotypes we ran into a lot of closed doors. We went up against the mayor, alderman and churches who believed a tattoo business would only attract gangs of bikers and drug addicts. But that didn't stop us, we kept pushing and opened our doors early this month just in a different city. Because of the ignorant closed minded people who think people with tattoos are the misfits of society, I wear my tattoos proudly and honor my unique individuality.


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