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Jacki Randall

ARTIST INTERVIEW 

 

                     

TATTOOS DONE BY

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Jacki Randall

Hobbies & Interests: Spirituality, Philosophy, Astrology, Paranormal phenomena, extraterrestrial subjects, mystery, archeology, history, forensics, machines of all kinds, color therapy, all manner of the Arts, travel, revolution, medicine & law. I'm sure I missed things.

Name: Jacki Randall

Email:ta2jac@juno.com

Age:45

Location: Balt/DC

Your Website & Url:   None as yet, but you can view my tattoo related work at  www.jackirandall.com 

How many years in the biz: Coming up on 14

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

Artist: Initially, I actually didn't; it was a reluctant reaction to overwhelming insistence. I felt uncomfortable w/the idea of such intimate familiarity at first.  Seeing some of what had been done, as compared to what could be done, was a determining factor. Even the seemingly 'trite' piece carries heavy medicine and is a lifelong (however brief) time-marker. I should've seen it coming, I was the one imposed upon in grade school to decorate my classmates w/the marker.

 

BAW: Who are your influences?

Artist: Tattooing; Kari Barba, Jack Rudy, Greg Irons, Ed Hardy..Artswise; Rick Griffin, Romaine Brooks, Max Ernst, Maxfield Parrish, Imogene Cunningham, Claude Monet. Philosophically; Warhol, Waters, Solanis, Holzer, Thompson, Cayce, Vivien, Barney, Cookie Mueller, Robin Morgan, Nina Hagen. Again, missing many.

 

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?

Artist: Anything I can make ART out of.

 

BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo experience?

Artist: I was 17, out of state w/a lover. The ol' guy was getting ready to close shop, asked if I was over 18, to which I replied "I'm 19!"  It was very casual, but that was a different day & age. HIV wouldn't come into being for years, and Hepatitis was relatively rare. NO one had tattoos, and that made it special. Very special.

 

BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?

Artist: I have particular attachments to most all of them. People "don't get" the skulls, and that's just perfect.

 

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

Artist: There are so very many, and for as many reasons. One Honors the confidences they are entrusted with.

 

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

Artist: Isn't it obvious?

 

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

Artist: Absolutely not. This isn't 1980. Would you support 'Teen Home-Phlebotomy' Kits?

 

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

Artist: I think there should be mandatory schooling for EVERYONE, and that goes double for the now-ubiquitous know-it-all.

 

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

Artist: Even in my short time, yes. It has to do w/our increasingly dehumanizing society, overemphasis of fashion & conformity ( is THAT perverse or what?), and the loss of being able to articulate dissent: sort of a surface/visual affront. Rebellion always occurs on some level.

 

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

Artist: Having been to only one thus far, I'm not really up to speed on that, but I'll try. What happens at conventions, by virtue of them being conventions, is not something I can say I'd particularly enjoy at this point. The nature of the event, place, theme & people involved makes or breaks it. I prefer to work in a controlled environment. Distractions have no place during procedure.

 

BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or

looking to get into the tattoo business?

Artist: Professionalism is about a lot more than getting paid. If you have no art ability, quit now. You had better respect blood borne pathogens, or you'll be damned sorry. And even then, what will keep you from getting lost in the crowd?

 

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

Artist: I hope you learned your lesson!

 

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

Artist: This is not a hobby, this is not something that will make you 'cool'. Opening someone's skin is a sacred ritual and must be treated accordingly. A patron is a gift, not a slab of flesh. Respect your medium and your craft if you desire respect. There is such a thing as doing things for the right reason

Q1. Where did you get your first tattoo and do you know by who?

A. New Jersey, a gent in his 50's named Dave. New Brunswick, I believe.

 

Q2. What was going through your mind when you got your first tattoo?

A. That's too personal. Sorry.

 

Q3. Is there a meaning behind your first tattoo and what is it if you care to share?

A. It's astrological in nature and still holds great meaning for me, it's something I study/meditate upon.

 

Q4. What is your favorite tattoo, where is it and why?

A. Probably my next; when or where, I couldn't tell you. It wouldn't be so much a separate entity, as a continuation at this point.

 

Q5. What advice can you give people who are looking to get tattooed for the first time?

A.Be wise, this is heavy. If things aren't CLEAN, it's not right. If something doesn't feel right, it's not. Also, if you don't see (at very least) hands being washed, RUN!

 

Q6. Any Additional Comments

A. Tattooing is so old I'm certain the first act of prostitution occurred so that the prostitute could afford another tattoo!


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