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  1. 1. Interview WITH JAMES HATE ON LIFE FREE issue one
  2. 2. Contents • Editor For our first and only issue of Gun & Ink we have an interview with James Hate and not much else as this is a college project with limited time and such. So enjoy and read and look at the pretty • pictures. - Neil Huggett James Hate interview pg.3 James Hate • FEATURES DIRECTOR Neil Huggett ARTICLES DIRECTOR Neil Huggett SENIOR EDITOR Neil Huggett ARTICLES EDITOR Neil Huggett I recently caught up with my brother, Mr James Hate, who has FEATURES EDITOR Neil Huggett CELEBRITY EDITOR Neil Huggette ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Neil Huggett been a professional tattoo artist for a while now. I asked him to do FOOD & HEALTH EDITOR Neil Huggett EAST COAST NEWS EDITOR Neil Huggett an interview with me, and he disapprovingly accepted. I thought SENIOR REPORTER Neil Huggett WRITER Neil Huggett ASSOCIATE EDITOR Neil Huggett that his insight and experience would be beneficial to readers who FEATURES DIRECTOR Neil Huggett ARTICLES DIRECTOR Neil Huggett might be considering the profession of tattooing, or even those SENIOR EDITOR Neil Huggett ARTICLES EDITOR Neil Huggett FEATURES EDITOR Neil Huggett who are just curious about what a tattooist thinks about his job. CELEBRITY EDITOR Neil Huggett ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Neil Huggett I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed typing this FOOD & HEALTH EDITOR Neil Huggett clichéd line.
  3. 3. How long have you been tattooing? What did your family and friends think about you getting into the from what I can remember its roughly three years but more like two if tattoo business? we just consider working in a professional studio. this is also not taking I’m not too sure if I’m honest, I think everyone just knew me enough into account time out between studios. to know it was probably guna happen anyway, I do remember my father only seeming to be o.k with my tattoos once I started earning decent What got you interested in the business? money through it, but then again my father isn’t really into tattoos. I remember buying a tattoo magazine at the age of thirteen, since then I was interested in tattoos, I just like how awesome a heavily tattooed What would you say is your favourite part of the job? body looks no matter what style or quality of tattoos they have. that was this is kind of hard to answer, I think on a basic level I just enjoy what got me into wanting tattoos, but actually doing them came about putting a piece of my art on someone. plus its rad making people happy. just after I started getting tattooed. I basically just paid attention when I get a lot of customers coming in with hideous work on them asking I got tattooed and saw shit they guy was doing and figured I could do for it to be put right, its always rewarding to make someone pleased with that, I even remembered thinking I could do it better. from then on, I what they previously hated. was about 16, I wanted to tattoo. What kind of Tattoos/Clients do you hate tattooing? So, do you enjoy the job after all these years? I don’t really ‘hate’ doing any tattoos, obviously there’s going to be yeah, I love it. its my dream job, not a lot of people wake up everyday stuff id rather not do, I don’t like replicating tattoos, I’ll always try looking forward to going to work. I’m super happy that I have a career and redraw a design for a client but sometimes people insist of flat out that will take me places that working in a factory wouldn’t. copying something, this never sits well with me. the other thing I’m not keen on is tribal tattoos, its always hard to enjoy that kind of work as How long did you apprentice? its not something I’m interested in, but I can do it and I can do it fast hmm I think I had a fairly short apprenticeship, was probably between and well so its something I have to do ha ha. as for the people, I hate 6 and 8 months. although it was short I learnt a lot, besides actually it when people move more than normal, talk on their phones loudly, tattooing I learnt how to deal with people and a whole lot about house constantly look every time I stop to get more ink and people who feel keeping. its definitely not all drawing on people for money. I remember the need to bring a whole damn cheer squad just to watch them get actually spending a whole Sunday doing my bosses gardening with him their star tattoo. bad times. ha ha. 5 4
  4. 4. Are there any famous artists, tattooists or not, that have influenced Have you personally met any famous tattoo artists? What would you recommend to someone wishing to get into the So, what do you think of the “hackers and scratchers” that are out you down the path of your career? I’ve met a few ‘famous’ tattoo artists who would be considered famous tattoo business? there? I cant think of too many, I’m a stupidly retarded mike giant fan, his or well known within the industry. As far as generally famous, that Vera think about what you’re getting into, its not rock and roll all the time, this is a touchy subject. I don’t really agree with it, but it does go on. the style and subjects are right up my alley. others would be grime, Scott from the corner shop or John from the pub would know, I’ve met and its stressful and hard fucking work. its not something you should ‘give a worst part is most of these people are either doing it because its cool or Sylvia, Jo Capobianco, Mr cartoon, Tim Hendricks and many many worked with Phil Kyle, he’s one of the cast member from London Ink, I go’ or ‘try out’ its a lot of commitment and time. don’t do it because its just for the money and they’re almost never doing it cleanly. for anyone more I don’t have room to list ha ha. did a guest spot at his studio Magnum Opus over in Brighton. cool, do it because you love it. doing it to get a foot in the door on becoming a tattooist its only going to work against you and you wont learn anything positive from it. 7 6
  5. 5. Where do you see the art of tattooing in 10 or 20 years from now? god knows, ten years ago I’m pretty sure remembering thinking the work I saw was insane and pretty advanced and didn’t think it could get better, now there are people churning out work that looks life like, I have no idea how it will advance from this point. Do you think it will ever become fully accepted as an art? I don’t think it will ever become fully accepted as a medium such as oil painting or watercolours but I’m pretty sure it will become more mainstream. Where do you see yourself in 10 years or more? Still tattooing? hopefully still tattooing and happy. by then I’d like to have found a place to settle and open my own studio, but you can never tell what’s going to happen along to way. Would you recommend this profession? If so, who do you think are the most likely candidates? I would only recommend it to someone who loved tattoos. as I mentioned before its a very stressful industry, it takes up a huge part of your life. obviously the most likely people to excel in this profession would be skilled artists, but saying that there are some people who tattoo who cant even draw and some people who can draw amazingly but just cant tattoo. its not for everybody that’s for sure. Thank you very much for the time you have taken here. And where Is there anything else you would like to add? can we find you? don’t ever rush into any tattoo. never put a price on something that will right now you can find me over in Hastings, I work at madam butterfly’s be with you until you die. cheap tattoos aren’t good and good tattoos tattoo parlour, also go here to see some more of my work aren’t cheap. tipping makes it hurt less ha ha. good times. 9 8