Choosing a Tattoo Artist

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Tattoo artists fall into two different categories: those who have had formal training or an apprenticeship and “scratchers.’

The scratcher is an untrained tattooist who may be artistically gifted but rarely bothers sterilizing his instruments. The scratcher may work out of a studio, but often works from his home, a basement or the back room of a bar. They may describe themselves as freelancer. A scratcher often purchases equipment through the Internet or email. The worst thing about a scratcher is their tendency to reuse needles which of course can lead to fatal diseases such as hepatitis or AIDS.

Erik Reime

Tattoo Artist

Erik Reime Founder and manager of Kunsten pa Kroppen (The Art on the Body) Born in Stavern, Norway 1950. Moved to Denmark 1965. Studied sociology at University of Copenhagen. Refused military services, and instead worked at a library in Vanlose, Copenhagen for one year in 1975. Worked in a political bookshop for 10 years.

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

Dalai Lama

"Tell people that there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

George Carlin