Charlie on Best Ink 102: In our industry, the customer is always right.

Hannah Aitchison

When we got the challenge I figured, if you had a baby blue Impala convertible you'd be headed to the beach!

I have never body painted like in the Flash Challenge before. Painting on little kids cheeks at a block party in Chicago was the extent of my skills. It was awesome to learn how to airbrush! But it’s hard to paint on a body. They’re breathing and moving and they need to use the restroom!

When we got the challenge I figured, if you had a baby blue Impala convertible you'd be headed to the beach! I had that iconic drive with the sunset and palm trees in my mind so that's what I wanted to paint.

I felt good going into the Ink Challenge because I love pin ups! I wish I got to do more of them! I didn’t think it was that big of a deal that our skins were changed last minute. Life goes on. I didn’t think it was fair that Roman received a new skin. The skin that was previously with me was an awesome client. She wanted a ballerina sitting on a cupcake and that’s awesome! When Roman overheard me talking about him, I was just being honest. In our industry, even more so than many others, the customer is always right. If he/she doesn’t feel comfortable with an artist, the tattoo is not going to happen. We as artists needs to remain flexible so that our clients feel that they can communicate with us.

I wasn’t that worried that Roman would use his double vote against me, however. We talked and I knew he’d use his votes however he wanted but there was no bad blood between us. Personally, I used my votes for whoever was my competition. This is a game, after all.

I do think that Roman deserved to win the challenge. He does portraits all the time and he is very good at them. There were other pieces in the challenge that I felt weren’t very “pin up-py.” If they were in a magazine you wouldn’t necessarily categorize them as pin ups. So I do think he did a good job with this.


 

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