Until recently, when I thought Tattoo Artists I thought ‘Bad boys’.  But that changed when I spent some time with a bunch of them in Rockland, Maine last summer.  It was a classic case of judging the book by its cover.  I followed Josh, Chris, Seth and Joe around for a month and captured moments of their lives – at work and outside of it. They were responsible, sensitive, fun and shared great bonds with Friends and Family.   Joe started tattooing to pay off his school fees while he was studying art. After he finished art school he started the studio with Josh (his brother) and Seth. Chris joined them much later and works at the studio. Apart from running the studio, Joe spends a lot of time painting and provides visual content for video games and feature films etc.  Josh divides his time between the studio and a school, where he teaches kid’s art and also finds time to spend with his daughter and son.  Seth married Viktorie, his girlfriend of 5 years. The beautiful ceremony was held at an old Outdoor chapel with a formal garden. Chris loves to cook and he and his girlfriend Kelsey invited me to a great dinner. I hope my photos help the viewer see what I saw. (image by samyukta lakshmi)
Until recently, when I thought Tattoo Artists I thought ‘Bad boys’. But that changed when I spent some time with a bunch of them in Rockland, Maine last summer. It was a classic case of judging the book by its cover. I followed Josh, Chris, Seth and Joe around for a month and captured moments of their lives – at work and outside of it. They were responsible, sensitive, fun and shared great bonds with Friends and Family. Joe started tattooing to pay off his school fees while he was studying art. After he finished art school he started the studio with Josh (his brother) and Seth. Chris joined them much later and works at the studio. Apart from running the studio, Joe spends a lot of time painting and provides visual content for video games and feature films etc. Josh divides his time between the studio and a school, where he teaches kid’s art and also finds time to spend with his daughter and son. Seth married Viktorie, his girlfriend of 5 years. The beautiful ceremony was held at an old Outdoor chapel with a formal garden. Chris loves to cook and he and his girlfriend Kelsey invited me to a great dinner. I hope my photos help the viewer see what I saw.
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