EXPOSING INDUSTRY LIES (share if you agree)
Gonna expose a little-known secret of the tattoo industry here.
It has to do with "rotations" and specialization/well rounded, I believe the two are linked inextricably. "I can do any style" is a lie, unfortunately, its often a lie that starts internally before its projected outwardly. I used to think that....... I really do believe the old adage now, that a jack of all trades is a master of none.
I have people specialize in my shop because I believe it sets us up with the greatest chance of success with each project.
Having been someone who used to do any kind of tattoo that came in front of me, any style, I can with confidence tell you. That although I was proficient, that the nuances and subtleties of any one of these styles were lost on me.
I specialize in realism now and lettering, because the more I do it the better I get, and I love them more than any others.
Although someone who may be well rounded might do a good job on lots of styles, you will rarely find the attention to detail that you find in a specialized artist, it takes a lifetime of practice to become a master at something. I believe that you are hamstringing your progress on any style by trying to do all styles.
Any more you won't find myself taking on projects out of the scope of realism or lettering, those are the two styles I am most passionate about, and mixing the two in a gritty style is my absolute favorite.
Anyway now to the rotations, rotations are a dirty little secret in the tattoo industry. It's a system where they distribute walk-ins and potential clients that contact the shop by rotating and having each artist get "a turn" for a walk in. Now not all shops do this, but many do.
I believe it can really set some tattoos up for failure, or at very least not provide the client with the person who will be most proficient at that style, and have heard horror stories of people being tattooed by apprentices without being told it's an apprentice.
The crazy thing is that if people specialize, not only will it be easier to fill your books up, but....... continued in comments