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  • I've also tattooed buttholes and put flames on them.

  • I've done all kinds of interesting things with my career.

  • (funky music)

  • My name is Ralph Rosa.

  • My name is Jason Ackerman.

  • My name is Rafael Marte.

  • And I'm a tattoo artist.

  • Professional tattoo artist.

  • I am a professional tattoo artist.

  • I got my first tattoo at the age of seventeen.

  • When I was eighteen years old.

  • At eighteen, and it was a design that I had made myself when I got to the tattoo shop.

  • And it was a squid-octopus, I picked it off the wall.

  • What made me wanna get that first tattoo?

  • I walked into a shop, saw it on the wall, pointed at it, said, "Hey, I want that."

  • (laughing)

  • So the weirdest tattoo I've ever done on someone was, this woman came in and she wanted to get chocolate-covered strawberries and it was dripping chocolate, and it was all over her vagina.

  • The weird thing about that was that she brought her eighteen year-old daughter and she was like, 45 years-old and she brought her daughter as moral support.

  • I'd have to say the most awkward for me was tattooing a gentleman's cock.

  • It turned literally the entire thing, from tip to balls, into a snake, it was surreal.

  • I absolutely hate it when I'm sitting in the shop and a client walks in and they have no idea what they wanna get.

  • They tell us we can do whatever we want and then we start drawing stuff up and it's never what they want, so that makes no sense to us.

  • Nobody ever really means do what you want.

  • What they mean is do what they want, as long as you can figure it out, which is next to impossible.

  • "I need a tattoo, what do you think I should get?"

  • "Oh, by the way, my flight leaves in three hours."

  • Getting a tattoo does hurt.

  • Whoever doesn't say it doesn't hurt, they're a little weird.

  • But, you know, everyone takes pain differently.

  • It's not terrible.

  • It's not as bad as people think.

  • It's all about your state of mind, honestly.

  • Everybody's different.

  • Literally, like where I think the most painful spot on the body is, which would be like ribs or lower back for me personally.

  • I tattoo people all day that sit like that's nothing.

  • (laughing)

  • Of course!

  • Yeah. (off-camera laughter)

  • Who doesn't?

  • Who wouldn't?

  • As a professional, I'm supposed to be objective and not judge people.

  • However, as a human, I judge everybody that walks through the door.

  • As artists we have to, you know, give them what they want.

  • We're just gonna give you a good piece.

  • We want you to walk out with a great piece.

  • If you come in with an idea, you're going to an artist that you like their style, and if you like their work, then you're gonna get something really good.

  • I think if the tattoo is composed really well and it's a very dynamic tattoo, as an artist I think that makes for a really great tattoo.

  • For as far as a client goes, my end goal is to have a client leave with a smile on their face.

  • If they're happy, and they love what I did, then that's perfect.

  • I'd say before you get a tattoo, you definitely need to think about it.

  • Look for artists that you like so that you know what style you're looking for.

  • At this day and age, if you get a bad tattoo, you kinda deserve it.

  • It's because you didn't do the research.

  • A lot of people get, like, small tattoos to start off, to feel the pain and all that.

  • I always say don't do that.

  • If you want something big, get it big.

  • And don't be a stickler about money.

  • We put years into our craft and we're worth what we ask for.

  • Good tattoos aren't cheap and cheap tattoos aren't good.

  • If you know somebody that can do it in their garage, by all means go get it, but I'm gonna charge you a lot to fix it.

  • (upbeat music)

I've also tattooed buttholes and put flames on them.

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