This is bullshit!

This is from an online petition against TLC’s Tattoo School show that we want to share with our clients and people that follow our blog. We can’t really talk about it anymore at the shop because it has put us all in such a bad mood. We can not stress enough to people whether you get tattooed by us or another reputable shop, it is important to get work in a clean and professional environment. Not only will you get a bad tattoo by someone that thinks they can tattoo because they have a piece of shit machine, and watch tv to learn how to tattoo, you are also putting your health at risk. I don’t know any profession that is worth being in that you can learn to do in 2 weeks! We understand there are shows and business “connected” to this industry that we don’t approve of but this is different. This is encouraging a new generation of people to fail, and disrespect the history and professionalism we have all protected and worked for, and making it accessible to anyone with a TV. These shows water down what this business was, and are making it seem like something anyone that is interested in tattoos can do. We all worked so hard to get the chance and opportunity to learn our trade, our mom and dad didn’t call up a school and pay a tuition for a 2 week course. This is such bullshit!  -Danielle Distefano

“We as a shop are part of a Boycott against TLC’s “Tattoo School” show. It is an insult to our profession to promote learning our skills in 2 weeks. Disrespectful to all tattoo artists. Artists will unite to boycott show and advertisers supporting this show. Some of the Reasons Behind the Outrage Towards TLC, Tattoo School and All Advertiser Supporting this Show are: In 2 Weeks Time to be considered a Quality Amount of Time to Learning How to Tattoo is Outrageous. That is NO WAY is Enough Time Is Be Taught Proper Education About Bloodborne Pathogens and Cross Contaminations Including How to Tattoo. It is A Huge Health Risk Issue which can turn into an Epidemic if Not Taken Seriously. Health and Safety is a Huge Concern for Any Professional Tattoo Artist and Tattoo Shop. Safety is a MUST in a Tattoo Shop. Especially dealing with peoples health as well as the Artists Safety too. It’s a Health Department Concern which Each State Has It’s Own Regulations and Requirements That Must Be Followed. Not to Mention in the Tattoo Community there is a process which needs to be followed like Paying Your Dues. That might not be something which everyone can understand if you are not in the industry but to those of us who are, it is about Respect for the Craft, Talent, Our Mentors Who Led the Way, Passion and Respect. Paying Your Dues is Earning the Right to Call Yourself a Tattoo Artist. It’s Not an Easy Road But Anything in Life Worth It Is Not Meant To Be Easy. We Work Hard and It’s An Honor To Call Ourselves a Tattoo Artist. Please Show Your Support to the Tattoo Artists and Tattoo Shops Who Have Led the Way and Take This as Insult and Health Concern. Thank You For Your Support”

If you are interested in the petition. Here is the link it is spelled wrong on the ad.

danielleJuly 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

should work now. thanks

ChristyJuly 9, 2011 - 2:43 pm

The link isn’t working for me…

Ink Atlanta’s premier issue

We got the new Ink Atlanta premier issue delivered to the shop today. Has a similar layout to Prick magazine. They did a little feature on the SK8 or Die art show at Young Blood Gallery. Matt, Charles and Danielle were all in the show, along with a 100 other local artists. All the boards from Only You Tattoo are sold, sorry. We just thought we would feature it on here since all three boards were in the article and let everyone know about the new paper in town. OYT  

more script to make you want some by danielle

John came to me with close to the most script someone has asked for on their collar/chest. The other one that was just as long went all around to this guys back and then to the front again. That will be another post. This quote is from Samuel Beckett, and is pretty powerful. I had a great time drawing this and tattooing a fellow vegan with some great tattoos. It’s always nice to see some good work from people you admire. danielle 

ManonMarch 16, 2014 - 4:56 am

I have two tattoos of my own (no kids..yet!) and I agree with all of the tothghus that go in deciding if where and what to get. My most recent one spans the right side of my torso and has sprung the most comments from friends, but at the end of the day its my choice and I love that

Phoenix Tattoo by Matt Greenhalgh

Hey there figured i would post this one in progress. Just lined this tattoo a few weeks ago and can’t wait to finish. it’s gonna be beautiful when we finish.  There has been lots of fun stuff to post and some great stuff in the works, i’ve been slacking on my posts so for those of you who are kind enough to follow us, thank you and i will try to do better. Thank Matt

the most badass tattoo danielle distefano has ever done! for now!

I had the honor to tattoo this back piece on an amazing client, Mike. Not only the coolest man that I wish I was related to, he is the most ideal client. We started this tattoo in either 2006/2007 we finished it within a year. Anyone that has that big of a tattoo knows the kind of commitment that it takes to sit through such a big piece and in such a short amount of time. I have been getting my back done and I am defiantly not as good of a client. This is the biggest tattoo I have done, and intimidating to be able to even come close to the skill of some japanese artists that can draw these on the skin with little thought. I feel really proud of this dragon, there are always things you want to change after looking at a piece for a while, but that is being an artist. I feel real good about the work that I did on Mike, and I know he is more than thrilled with it. I am really bad about taking photos of my work and this tattoo has been out there for over 4 years and never represented the right way, I was so pleased to get a photo and still be extremely happy with the work. I hope you enjoy it. danielle

danielleJuly 9, 2011 - 3:30 pm

thanks dude!

CoreyJune 30, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Wow, D! Amazing work, as always! Corey

bethJune 24, 2011 - 3:12 pm

The awesomeness transcends the computer screen

danielleJune 23, 2011 - 4:11 pm

thanks dennis!

dennisJune 23, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Danielle that is sick!