MASTER TATTOO ARTIST

        
BILLY BLADES
BORN 1972 (GEMINI)
STARTED TATTOOING IN 1988
APPRENTICED UNDER ELTON ENSOR (GYPSY JOHN)RIP
PRO MEMBER "ALLIANCE OF PROFESSIONAL TATTOOIST" 1994 

HOBBIES :
HARLEY RIDING /CHOPPER BUILDING/MARTIAL ARTS/SHOOTING/ CARS

REASON FOR STARTING TATTOOING:
"BACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG I WENT TO A NEIGHBORHOOD GUY TO GET TATTOOED.  MY SISTER AND FRIENDS WENT BEFORE I DID AND THEY LOOKED FINE.  AT THE TIME I HAD NO CLUE AS TO WHAT THE DIFFERENCE WAS BETWEEN A SCRATHCER (UNPROFESSIONAL) TATTOO,,, AND A PRO TATTOO !
WHILE I RECEIVED THE TATTOO I RELIZED SOMETHING DIDN'T SEEM RIGHT AND I STUDIED HIS PROCEDURE SINCE I WAS INTRIGUED ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS.    AFTER I GOT MY TATTOO,,, I RELIZED THAT IT DIDNT LOOK AS GOOD AS THE ONES IN THE TATTOO MAGAZINES I HAD PURCHASED.   MY COUSIN WANTED A TATTOO AND HIS FATHER BROUGHT HIM TO GYPSY JOHN AND WHEN I COMPARED THE TWO I WAS BLOWN AWAY ATH THE COLOR AND CLEANLINESS OF HIS TATTOO.
I WAS AMAZED AND READY TO TRY MY HAND AT IT !
I LEARNED IN THE MAGAZINES THAT ONE MUST GO INTO TATTOOING THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP.  I HAD HAD ART BACKGROUND FROM A CHILD-UP AND THE IDEA OF PUTTING A BEAUTIFUL OR A KICK-ASS PIECE OF ART ON SOMEONE THAT THEY WILL LOVE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES WAS SUPER COOL!
I STARTED TATTOOING MY FRIENDS BUT REMEMBERING WHAT I LEARNED IN THE MAGAZINES ABOUT ARTISTS TALKING DOWN ABOUT SCRATCHERS AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PROPER TATTOO AND HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE...I APPLIED WHAT I LEARNED BUT NEEDED MORE.
I WENT TO GYPSY AND ASKED HIM TO GIVE ME A SHOT AND HE SAID NO!
I SAID THAT I WOULD BE LOYAL AND CLEAN AND PAY MY DUES.  I WASNT LOOKING FOR A FREE RIDE!
HE SAID COME BACK IN 6 MONTHS,,,I DID!
HE THEN TOLD ME HE DIDNT THINK HE REALLY DIDN'T NEED ANYONE...
 I WAS DEVISTATED AND STARTED TO WALK AWAY,,,THEN SOMETHING INSIDE MADE ME TURN AROUND AND LOOK HIM IN THE EYES AS I WALKED BACK TO HIM SAYING,,,"I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS AND DO IT RIGHT!,,,IM GOING TO DO IT WITH OR WITHOUT YOU BUT I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN FROM YOU" AND WITH A BEADY EYED GRIN HE TOLD ME TO BRING MY GEAR IN THE NEXT DAY!
EVER SINCE THAT DAY AND MY EXPERIENCES PREVIOUSLY I TOOK ON AN OATH TO MYSELF ;
FIRST OF ALL TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AND CLEAN!
SECOND,,,REMEMBER THE BAD TATTOO I RECEIVED FOR MY FIRST ONE AND MAKE SURE YOUR CUSTOMERS NEVER FEEL THAT EMBARRASSMENT!
AND THIRD,,,STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!  THE WORLD HAS ENOUGH HALF ASSES OUT THERE!

MY STYLE AND PHILOSOPHY:

TO TREAT EVERYONE WITH LOVE AND RESPECT AND KEEP THE INNER BAD-ASS AWAY MOST OF THE TIME!  IM A DAD NOW! FUNNY HOW BEING A PARENT TEACHES "YOU" HOW TO LIVE!  ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME IN THE MEAN STREETS OF BALTIMORE CITY!
DONT GET ME WRONG THO CAUSE I STILL KNOW HOW TO DISLOCATE SOMEONE'S JAW IF NEEDED! ;  )
BUT ANYWAY,,,TO GIVE PEOPLE THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE AS PEOPLE AND , MY CLIENTS ,,, THEY ARE TREATED LIKE FRIENDS AND FAMILY.   THEY HAVE BEEN LETTING ME FEED MY FAMILY FOR 20 YEARS AND NOW THEIR BABIES ARE GROWN UP AND HAVING KIDS THEMSELVES,,,SO THEY GET A THUMBS UP FROM ME AND I WILL NEVER GIVE MY CLIENTS THE :ROCKSTAR ATTITUDE OR TREAT THEM LIKE THEY ARE NOTHING!
IN MY SHOP THEY ARE MY FRIENDS WHO I AM HELPING THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN THE MOST INTIMATE WAY AND THEY NEED ME TO HELP THEM DO-SO. SO THEREFORE WE GET TO KNOW ABOUT EACH OTHER AND THEY ALL COME BACK ,,,EVEN IF ITS YEARS LATER!
THEY ALL COME BACK TO WERE ITS WORTH THE RIDE TO GET A TATTOO THEY WONT HAVE TO HIDE!!!
SO ,,,WHETHER ITS A FACIAL PORTRAIT, A LARGE TATTOO OR SMALL ,,,THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO!
THEY KNOW WHO WILL SPEND THE TIME WITH THEM AND WHO HAS THE SKILLS !!!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICS AND IF YOU NEED A TATTOO THAT IS CLEAN AND PERFECT COME SEE ME!
TATTOOS ARE NOT JUST "TATTOOS" JUST LIKE A CAR,,,, JUST BECAUSE IT HAS FOUR WHEELS DOESN'T MAKE IT A FERARRI !!!
AND WITH ALL THE FLY BY NIGHT SHOPS POPPING UP,,,YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE GETTING?
MOST SHOPS NOW ARE OWNED BY MONEY BACKERS WHO PIMP OUT UNEXPERIENCED KIDS WITH A FEW TATTOOS UNDER THEIR BELT WITH THEIR FRESHLY BOUGHT EBAY STARTER KIT!
YOU WANT A WORLD CLASS PRO NOT A KID LEARNING!
COME LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT 20 YEARS OF PERFECTION AND HAPPY CLIENT ARE ALL ABOUT !!!
SEE YA SOON!!!