S3 E5: JACKIE SINGER SABUR – TATTOOER

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Jackie went to the Maryland Institute College of Art to focus on fine arts, particularly painting. She got her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree…and along the way she got hooked on tattoos. She didn’t know she wanted to become a tattooer, but she knew she loved tattoos.

She kept working on her art, started teaching, and also became an art handler…but something was missing. After an injury and a heart-to-heart with a great friend, something clicked. Today, she’s an experienced tattooer, and she’s also started her own line of organic skin care products called Sacred Solutions.

Here are Three Big How’s from a woman who brings passion, reverence, and massive creativity to her craft:

THREE BIG HOW’S

DO WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART SING

The thing is, it might not happen overnight. It could take you decades. In Jackie’s view, you have to take steps towards that path every single day. If you don’t dive in and stay in, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. As Jackie said, “Flowers take a long time to blossom.”

APPRENTICE!

If you’ve got your feet under you in terms of at least a bit of an art background, then find the tattoo shops in your area that have been around for a long time. Now…there are going to be A LOT of shops. Jackie stressed the importance of finding a shop and artists that have been doing this for a while. They’ll be able to show you the real ropes, and they’re likely the ones that actually care about their customers. Ask what it takes to get an apprenticeship at the shop, and then do that!

KNOW YOUR HISTORY

Care about tattooing and become a student of it. With that in mind, tattooing has a rich history that you should understand. Some thing of the seedy side of things, others think of sailors in the Navy coming home with tattoos, and still others think of the ancient Samoan art form. They’re all right, and they don’t even scratch the surface. Dig deep into the world of tattooing, learn where it comes from, and you’ll come out the other end with a clearer picture and infinite ideas.

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