OPEN COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
If you are ever in the McAllen, Texas area then you need to hip up Butcho Kuztomz and get a tattoo. It is pretty awesome to be able to draw, but even more amazing to be able to draw on someone's skin. I would love to have that talent. I got a chance to chat with the man behind the tattoo gun and here's how the conversation went.
Me: How long have you been doing tattoos?
Butcho K. : I stated my apprenticeship in 2000 and I started working with D.R. Powers, but everyone just called him Doctor.
Me: Did you always want to do tattoos?
Butcho K. : I got my first tattoo and 15 and I realized it was something that I wanted to do. I use to always draw when I was kid. It kind of was something that fell into my lap and became a part of me.
Me: Do you remember the first tattoo you done on someone?
Butcho K. : My first tattoo was called "The bursting of your bubble". It's a term that is used when I was working with "Doctor" and it was a tribal tattoo. (Chuckling) The "Doctor" was hovering over me the entire time and telling me my mistakes. The guy was pretty cool about what I was doing because he knew it was my first tattoo. I actually ran into that dude a couple of years later and he showed me the tattoo. I was able to see my growth, but the dude really liked it still.
Me: Tell me something interesting about tattooing?
Butcho K. : A part of me goes with a person when they die. It's a true art to it. Plus, you always have to make your next tattoo better than your last because you are constantly growing as an artist.
Me: Have you done any of your own tattoos?
Butcho K. : Yes, the one on my left arm that is still in progress. It wasn't really hard to do, but it requires patience. I had to put my arm between my leg to stretch the skin a bit so it could be tight and easier to tattoo. (chuckling) It really is teaching me patience. I have plans to finish it one day when my schedule clears up. I am really busy between working and doing other people's tattoos.
Me: What is one your challenges as a tattoo artist?
Butcho K. : One of my challenges is learning to tattoo lettering with softer curves. Basically different forms of scripture writings. I have helped some help with it at one point from a fellow tattoo artist, but it is still something that challenges me. Either way, practice makes perfect and one day I will master it.
Me: Do you have any words of encouragement for anyone who chooses to become a tattoo artist?
Butcho K. : Be open minded to learning different techniques. You can't have that mind state that you know everything. When you live with the mind state that you are open to learning then you will grow as a tattoo artist and as a person. Be receptive to skills being taught so that you will be teacher to someone else that is up and coming in the art of tattooing.