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Tattoo Advice from Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell, the tattoo artist that supplied Marc Jacobs with those beautiful-still-on-my-wish-list designs for Louis Vuitton and Marc’s own skin, has some great advice for those wanting/hesitating about getting tattoos.
What should someone do to prepare before his appointment?
The best way to prepare is to not overthink it. My favorite tattoos were done on a whim with very little forethought at all. When people don’t have that many tattoos, they feel like they have to summarize their entire identity into one symbol, which is way too much responsibility for one design. Just take a deep breath, clear your mind, and get what feels good. People think Marc Jacobs—who I’m dear friends with and have tattooed a bunch—is off his rocker because he gets these crazy, weirdo cartoon characters. But he’s got such a great approach to it. He’s got SpongeBob on his arm because when he looks at it, it makes him smile. He’s not trying to summarize his ancestry into one tattoo—it’s simple, primal.
So, I have a question for you from my mom. She wants to know where you can get a tattoo that won’t sag later in life.
The quick answer is to get it on your wrist, ankle, or back of your neck. But I love old, ugly tattoos! When I’m old, I’m going to have saggy tattoos because I’m going to be a saggy old man. That’s it. There’s an honesty to it that’s awesome. But as far as older folks getting tattooed, just get it where you feel it. I might be an exception because I place more emphasis on the emotion and feeling that goes into tattoos, the juju more than just the aesthetic. Any artist can make something look good. Tattoos that have the most feeling are going to be the most special.