things to know while dating a tattoo artist
When dating a tattoo artist things are NEVER simple. There are always factors that will be eating away at your relationship. In fact, this will be one of the hardest relationships to sustain, especially for a couple who is known to be jealous.
The first thing you must realize is that rarely, if ever, will you be the absolute first on his/her mind. Tattoos WILL come first. For a tattoo artist, it is not simply a job or carreer. It is more than just a life choice or lifestyle. This is a passion. It is in their blood, and just like most artists in this world they may come off a little selfish.
What you must realize is that this is not selfishness. This is just simply how they are built. Everywhere they look all they see is something they can put on someone's skin.
The second thing you need to know is LEARN HOW TO SHARE.
Your tattoo artist boyfriend/girlfriend will constantly be surrounded by attractive members of the opposite sex. Not only surrounded by them, but they will be touching them and close to very private areas on the body almost all of the time. So ladies, get used to your man having his hands on a hot girls booty or chest, and men get ready for your woman to be tattooing some washboard abs. If you can not handle this, then simply stay away, all you will do is create a problem for yourself.
Third, you should always be willing to sacrifice for your partner. Tattooing is a bussiness that goes up and down on a regular basis. Yes, Kat Von D makes a ton of money and Paul Booth is world renowned but this has taken them years. To start in this career you must be willing to put materialistic possessions aside for a while since there may be less and less money to just spend around.
Finally, get ready to have some long nights alone. A tattoo shop can stay open all night if needed and a lot do. If he/she is in the middle of a tattoo and ten o'clock rolls around they are not goin to stop to get home and cuddle up with you. They will stay until the job is done.
I have been with a tattooist for the past two and a half years and in our short relationshio we have fought like cats and dogs over everything you can imagine, though in the end we are always better for it. This kind of relationship is not for the weak hearted. It has taken more work than any relationship before it. There are nights when he doesn't get home until three in the morning and then there are times he wont have one tattoo come in the whole day.
The ups and downs of this lifestyle are one of the many reasons why it has been so hard to stick by him day after day, but those ups and downs have also made our life together one of the best roller-coasters I have ever been on...and I don't plan on getting off any time soon!!