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Memoirs of a Tattoo Apprentice

Just in case y'all haven't seen yet, I recently started tattooing on fake skin. I knew that it was going to be physically straining, but I don't know what could prepare you for the soreness. I always thought I had pretty good muscle control when it came to drawing, but the machine that I practice with is so heavy, and to add to the challenge, it's vibrating as well. And now that I'm about 2 weeks into using the machine, I can feel muscles in my hands that I've never ever existed before. Specifically in the center of my palms. Now, I'm hyper aware of all the muscles and ligaments that I need to stay in control. I also feel soreness in my neck and forearms.


A tattoo artist that I'm a really big fan of who goes by the name of ironamazon is a weightlifter, and the last time I got work done by her, she said it made her job easier. Now I can see why. I'm the type of person who enjoys being active, but a lot of the activities I do don't focus a lot on upper body strength. Might have to start doing that now.


One of my favorite things about this art form is that it is in a lot of ways your success is dependent on being the best version of yourself. This is great for me as someone with depression because some days I really have to convince myself to do better for myself sometimes. And it's great to find an art form that helps push me to do that.


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Bakla: Tagalog (a Filipino language) for queer which is predominately characterized by the adoption of a feminine gender expression by men or a masculine presenting person.


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