I dreamed that I was a tattoo artist... of the traditional type. I was a man, trying to make my way in the as-of-yet, not so well understood field. I was pioneering. I had a business job as well, but as my tattooing was getting more popular, I decided to break off and do tattooing full-time. In the dream, I was setting up a design for a person's whole body. I was free-handing it from the top down and it looked super cool. I had all sorts of publicity for being one of the first people to accomplish such a feat.
Watched a documentary on Don Ed Hardy last night. I never realized he was such a badass! I guess I kind of assumed he was just another degenerate doodler who found himself inking people for money.
Instead, I learned that he was an artist first, having went to school in San Fransisco for Lithography and other traditional arts, prior to tackling tattooing as a medium. So many of the things he said about the challenges of learning to tattoo resonate so deeply with my own experience in the learning process, all of my struggles feel vindicated and I feel more on the right path than ever!