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Type: Conference paper
Title: "It can be quite difficult to have your creativity on tap" : balancing client expectations and artistic practice in the tattoo industry
Author: Barbour, K.
Citation: Projections - Proceedings of WCCA'13 - IV World Congress on Communication and Art, 2013 / da Rocha Brito, C., Ciampi, M.M. (ed./s), pp.1-5
Issue Date: 2013
Series/Report no.: World Congress on Communication and Arts
ISSN: 2317-1707
Conference Name: VI World Congress on Communication and Arts, WCCA'13 (04 Apr 2013 - 07 Apr 2013 : Geelong, Vic.)
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Kim Barbour
Abstract: Tattoo artists work in a commission structure. Their artistic practice, possibly more than in any other creative career, requires the complete approval of the client prior to the creation of the final work. An unsatisfactory tattoo cannot be on-sold, discarded or easily replaced. Rarely can a tattooer practice their art without external participation. Therefore, tattoo artists come up with a number of strategies to manage their client base to ensure that the art they are asked to create satisfies both the client and their own artistic skills and preferences. Drawing on phenomenological research conducted for my PhD investigating artistic persona, this paper will explore the strategies tattoo artists use to construct their portfolios, manage the tattoo consultation and design process, and develop their own artistic skills, in order to build a successful and rewarding career in the tattoo industry.
Keywords: Persona; Tattoo; Artists; Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
Rights: Copyright © 2013, COPEC – Science and Education Research Council Claudio da Rocha Brito & Melany M.Ciampi (Publishers). All rights reserved. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works, must be obtained from the publisher.
RMID: 0030038240
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