Ok, so let’s delve a bit deeper into the art of tattooing and the creativity that allows Mark to visualize his art, first with his customer, then on paper and finally the difficult task of transferring that vision to someone’s skin, without error, permanently. If you are going to get a tattoo, it is imperative that you find a Tattoo Artist, who is innovative, skillful, and dedicated to mastering their craft.
At Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo, (see Facebook page), without an avalanche of words, Mark exudes creative confidence, determination and conviction. He is characteristically silent as he meticulously prepares the tools of his trade and his workspace is utilitarian and as spotless as an operating room. He is uber-focused and in his “artist’s zone,” he is purposefully and diligent while cleaning and preparing the skin for the final stage, the inking and emerging of the tattoo; the revelation of his artistry.
The room is as silent as a chapel except for the buzzing of the tattoo’s needle and the ink emerges as if by magic, and Mark’s art begins to take shape. Mark puts the customer at ease with nimble fingers and facile certainty, and as you watch, the Artist emerges, molding, adjusting and shaping the tattoo, his movements are smooth, fluid and effortless as he begins to coax his vision from his mind’s eye unto his customers skin. And as with all creative and spiritual experiences, from nothing springs this astounding, one of a kind, breathtaking Art.
Mark is an artist in the true sense of the word. He is living his passions on his own terms, making his artistic dreams come true and making a business out of that passion. Stepping out and on to Main Street (or Circuit Ave, in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard), he is knowledgable, educated and has enlightened many people, (me included), to re-think their positions about art and tattoos. There is a reason he is called a Tattoo Artist.
Mark is the epitome of a first-rate tattoo artist and is every bit as talented as other creative artists who work with paints, charcoals and easels, their tools and canvases may be entirely different, but the dedication and commitment to creating art, remains the same. When you are looking for a Tattoo Artist you are stepping out on faith; will the artist listen, hear, conceive and deliver a work of art you are proud to live with for a lifetime? Will it be a true representation of what you envisioned?
You can’t have a testimony without a test, and Mark passes the Tattoo Artist’s test with flying colors. He demonstrates what artists know intuitively, art is an intrinsic part of each of our souls and if we bravely follow our passions, minds, indeed cultures can be changed. Without even trying, Mark has changed and broadened my mind, though I am still not sure I would get a tattoo, (stay tuned), I know that should I wish to, I would look no further than the artistic genius of Mark of Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo, shouldn’t you?
Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo, 55 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA, Martha’s Vineyard