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I Just Quit The Shop....

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Its hard to believe but I just quit and moved out most of my gear today...its a long story and Im not gonna get into real specifics on a public forum, heres what I can and will say though.

2 weeks ago i found out that my boss had taken 3 appointments that people had called to make with me, just snaked them. I found out because i ran into one person and they werent happy that he had tried to take my appointment..this guy is a friend and told me out of concern..

on monday I had an 18 year old girl that wanted her BF's name on outside of her neck, she had no other tattoos. that would have been her first..i explained to her that it was a VERY bad idea and as much as Id like to make the $, i couldnt do it....after 10 minutes of discussion she said "youre right, ill think over what you suggested and come back, thanks for being nice and giving me good advice" ..........my boss freaked out "WTF? youre turning away business??"

I explained my reasons and he didnt care "you give them what they want this is a tattoo shop youre not Dr Phil or something, dont do that shit again, do the fucking tattoo, i dont care what they want, do it!"

Went in yesterday and saw a coffin case sitting on a shelf in my room, im like "WTF? where this come from?"

I opened the case up and there was some hardcore drug paraphenelia in the fucking case not rolling papers, hardcore shit... sure as shit isnt mine..also found 4 empty beer cans in MY trash....im clean and sober, and DEFINITELY dont want it in my room or in my life.

That was the last straw for me, cant be around that shit, spent waaaaay too much time and effort removing myself from that scene ...so guess its back to square one again and looking for a gig at a decent shop with no drug problems involved......

already started calling my "regulars" and letting them know im not there anymore...

GODDAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Its hard to believe but I just quit and moved out most of my gear today...its a long story and Im not gonna get into real specifics on a public forum, heres what I can and will say though.

2 weeks ago i found out that my boss had taken 3 appointments that people had called to make with me, just snaked them. I found out because i ran into one person and they werent happy that he had tried to take my appointment..this guy is a friend and told me out of concern..

on monday I had an 18 year old girl that wanted her BF's name on outside of her neck, she had no other tattoos. that would have been her first..i explained to her that it was a VERY bad idea and as much as Id like to make the $, i couldnt do it....after 10 minutes of discussion she said "youre right, ill think over what you suggested and come back, thanks for being nice and giving me good advice" ..........my boss freaked out "WTF? youre turning away business??"

I explained my reasons and he didnt care "you give them what they want this is a tattoo shop youre not Dr Phil or something, dont do that shit again, do the fucking tattoo, i dont care what they want, do it!"

Went in yesterday and saw a coffin case sitting on a shelf in my room, im like "WTF? where this come from?"

I opened the case up and there was some hardcore drug paraphenelia in the fucking case not rolling papers, hardcore shit... sure as shit isnt mine..also found 4 empty beer cans in MY trash....im clean and sober, and DEFINITELY dont want it in my room or in my life.

That was the last straw for me, cant be around that shit, spent waaaaay too much time and effort removing myself from that scene ...so guess its back to square one again and looking for a gig at a decent shop with no drug problems involved......

already started calling my "regulars" and letting them know im not there anymore...

GODDAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good for you dawg..best of luck on your search for a decent*sp* shop.

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yeah i guess i shoulda seen the signs earlier, some things just didnt add up. they do now though.

sending you a PM Mark

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I'm sorry to hear the news

but good on you Chef. If

nothing else you've got the

shop work under your belt,

Should be easier to get

another gig (Not easy, I

know, but maybe easier)....

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thanks guys, i'm at peace w/ my decision. its still nice to have the good words from a friend and from peeople here that i respect, thank you again.

i still have a full time job so the family will be ok. i dont have a grudge and im not angry. in the long run its the best thing for me to have done. im gonna catch my breath and spend some much needed time with my kids and wife.

i'll spend some time drawing and tattooing a few good friends over the next few weeks. might do my own thing for a while, put together a portfolio (again) and hit the bricks looking for another spot in a shop. if it takes a while i can still tattoo enough to stay sharp until i find what i want.

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Proud of you for keeping your priorities straight man... some compramises just aren't worth it.

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Not for revenge or anything, but more so for the safety of the people who go into that shop, you should probably contact the authorities. Because who honestly wants to get tattoo'd by someone who does some hard shit.

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wow.. man it takes alot.. (trust me I know.. and you were at that shop longer then I was at the one I was in)..

Give ya props man.. and totaly think you were in the right.. no reason for any of that.. specially the drug shit.. Im also drug free and would be SUPER pissed to find shit like that in my booth.. Fuck that..

good luck to you man.. wish you well..

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look at the positives mate... got plenty of time in the chair, your license and a client base... all's good i reckon. better off out of there...

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You did it right.Respect!!! You will find a tattoo shop which must be,I'm sure for it.Not all tattoo shops are full with drugs and shity people.I never work in shop like this before.I'm a 40 years old and I never try any kind of drugs.I always warning the customers if they are too young and they have strange ideas to get a tattoo.This is the way to get respect and to keep your bussiness and name.

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i hope you gave that fucker a slap as you were leaving bro... fucking sleazebag..

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sorry to hear about that chef-ink it all seemed to be going so well, hope some good comes your way - sometimes you gotta just go if your gut tells you things aren't right, ain't always the easiest decision but definitely the right one in my book.

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Hey Chef

Good for you bro, get the fuk outta there,

Its only a matter of time before they get shut down...or a mad dad goes in there and shoots em up.

Good call on the neck peice tho, At least you can sleep at night without a concience.

things will happen for ya bro, keep pluggin away.

take care

Steve

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Ain't that always the bitch. Just when you think you can trust someone things like this happens.

Glad to see so many people with morals getting in the trade & all respect to you for standing by them.

Personally I'd suggest if you're happy with the outcome, leave it at that. I wouldn't get in the health authority or narcs purely on the fact that it wouldn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who reported them. Do you need the ramifications for you or your family if they retaliate?

Also no point burning all your bridges in case they buck up their act.

Again, hats off to you for your reactions & best of luck getting your next gig.

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Well done Chef, I'd rather have nothing than lose my integrity. And who wants to be around drug users anyway, especially in a studio!

You did right by the girl too. Good man.

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wow dude, and i thought it was bad with the owner of my shop keeping a load of pornos in the back and talking about fucking the 18-yearold he just tattooed even tho he's got a wife and kids... you did the right thing man, scumbags are everywhere. you got a load of experience out of it (bioth good and bad) and you'll find another spot somewhere better. best wishes to ya!

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Like Mark said: welcome to the tattoo industry

I got fired from a very well known shop at one of Brisbanes suburbs because I was putting up a stink about the owner reusing needles and other shit.

He's an old school guy, we've all seen them, shake the color out with a flip of the wrist onto the floor and go onto the next color, tattooing very pregnant women,

giving me shit for not tattooing over scabs on the arm from playing with a dog, overpricing work (go figure that one!), etc etc.

He couldnt figure out my 70% cut in his head at the end of the day and was amazed that I could. Good artist but not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I was thinking about slapping him but shit splatters! LOL

Anyway, good call Chef, you'll do allright.

Like you, I still work full time as I have a family to support but am still looking for the right building in the right location to open my own studio.

I have everything I need to open including an autoclave so I'm all set, just waiting for the right opportunity......

I won't say good luck because you obviously have talent and direction so carry on and keep your head held high.

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