“We’re at ‘Love Hate Tattoos’, to interview the artists of the best temple of tattoos. The parlor is also known as ‘Miami Ink’, name of the American reality TV show which is filmed in the same place. It’s late afternoon.
A girl enters the parlor during the interview. She opens her tattoo portfolio very resolutely and shows it to one of the artists.
She works as a hostess for the British Airways. She just got here from London but she’s leaving again tomorrow. A quick break from work just to get the tattoo of her dreams. She pulls up her t-shirt and shows the artists where exactly she wants the tattoo.
The artists suggest the abdomen. Everything’s set in less than five minutes. The artists make a temporary tattoo and transfer it on her abdomen. The hostess looks at the tattoo in the mirror, she seems pleased.
She lies down on the bed. The needle starts injecting ink but she keeps a straight face, no visible signs of pain. She can stand the pain pretty well.
After almost two hours, the work of art is complete.
“I’m Jose from ‘Love Hate Tattoos’, also known as ‘Miami Ink’ in Miami, Florida. We have the best staff, which includes resident artists and also rotating guest artists from all over the world.
We have Federico Ferroni, Morgwn Pennypacker, James Hamilton, Ami James, Tim Hendricks, Janos Masz, Darren Brass, Chris Garver and many more.
Basically Ami James and Chris Nunez decided to open up a shop in South Beach. They had all the experience, friends, and everyone’s support. What they were doing caught on like wild fire and they ended up with a TV show, but in the end they went back to tattooing.
We outgrew the original shop, so now it’s bigger and nicer. We got all the art on the walls and it’s much more comfortable and feels much more like home.
In the shop every artist has a station, and in the back we have a magic room, the drawing room where all the magic happens.
We do a ton of brainstorming so most of the drawings are not drawn just by one person. There’s always somebody there to kick back ideas with you.
Everything we do is custom drawn. We strongly suggest our clients to bring in their reference so it’s easier to get ideas on paper and make it what they want. People often pick right from our portfolios.
Tattooing is a very difficult art, the skin is constantly changing and everyone’s skin is different. Just about everyone could do a tattoo but not everyone can do a good tattoo.
Make sure you always ask for portfolios and look at people’s work”.