So, I've been totally unmotivated and uninspired for quite a while now, and it just keeps getting worse. Don't wanna draw, don't wanna paint, and really don't care that much about tattooing. Why? For the same reasons that I've mentioned plenty of times right here in my blogity-blog thing. What I love doing has been ruined by douchebags and TV executives. I should be able to rise above all of this and just say 'fuck 'em all', but it just keeps getting harder. It's depressing to see what has happened to the industry and how it's affecting my business. More TV shows, more scratchers- it just goes on and on.
I started the day yesterday with a guy that looked like a fuckin' junkie getting mad at me because I wouldn't sell him any ink caps. Really? Ink caps? You're scratching out of your house, slinging that ol' hepatitis, and you can't find anything to use for ink caps?
Not long after he left, while I was still having my coffee, I came across a story on the internet about another damn tattoo TV show that we're all supposed to be so fucking thrilled about- 'Ink Master' starring Dave Navarro and brought to us by the folks that brought us Miami/LA/New York Ink. This one will be a tattoo competition. Hey wait a minute, doesn't Oxygen have a show about to air that's a tattoo competition show? That's cool, we probably need 2 of those. The media people are just gonna keep putting these things on and running tattooing into the fuckin' ground. As long as they can make a buck off of it, what does it matter what it does to the tattoo industry?
Not long after I find that gem, I run across this ad on Craig's List:
Inkaholiks Luxury Tattoos is looking for 2 ELITE style tattoo artists in the Buckhead Atlanta area to represent ATL as part of the Inkaholiks Artist roster! These are the ONLY spots available for local artists so you only need apply if you are a true Inkaholik! Must be willing to be filmed for reality show. Please respond to this ad with Resume and Portfolio.
These douchebags aren't even open yet and they're looking to get their own stupid reality show. This place says that they will be an upscale tattoo/hair salon/lounge- what the fuck is that?
And here's what they have to say about the 'lounge':
Before you "hit the streets" step into the InkLounge where the hottest DJs in Buckhead are spinning the tightest tunes and the beautiful people are down for the party. InkLounge is a chic nightspot in the heart of ATL where the music is hot and the people are hotter. You have to be 21 to have this kinda fun, and make sure your dress is to impress.
Why do idiots like this feel the need to turn tattooing into anything but fucking tattooing? They have a grand opening coming up that they're advertising and guess who's gonna be there- Dave Navarro. Is this really what tattooing has become- stupid reality shows and washed up junkie rockers? It's fuckin' depressing.
I don't know what to do to try to get my mojo back and actually want to be a part of this industry. I sat down at my drawing table yesterday after reading all this bullshit and just stared at a pad of tracing paper, pencil in hand, unable to do a fuckin' thing. I'm having a really hard time finding any reason to want to be a part of this anymore.