James Greenaway doing a tattoo

James Greenaway doing a tattoo

I first saw a sample of James’s work on Facebook and was fascinated. He is talented artist and dedicated to his art. I approached James at the end of December with the idea of featuring him on The Dragonfly and he agreed.

I love body art. It’s a wonderful form of self-expression and is as beautiful as any art hanging in a museum. The range of works you can see run from the humorous to the frightening to the sweet to that which is intensely personal. A good tattoo draws the eye and makes the wearer a piece of living artwork. To get that wonderful tattoo, though, you need a good artist. James often displays his art on his Facebook page and it is vibrant and amazing. Although he has been an entrepreneur for just over a year, he has worked in the tattoo industry for six. He currently runs his business out of Capital Tattoo at 7240 101 Avenue. His art isn’t limited to tattoos, though. He also does piercing and will do art on other mediums such as wood burning, pencil, etc. Like any artist, James takes pride in what he does. He crafts each work, be it a tattoo or a piercing, to the individual and brings it to life. However, the tattoo is unlike any other art form. The tattoo is engraved onto the individual and stays there for life unless they have it removed, a difficult and painful process. It is as permanent and fleeting as a person’s life. Thus, the tattoo is not an art form to be taken lightly. Getting a tattoo should not be a small decision. However, once decided, James has some advice on how to find the right tattoo artist for your work.

  1. Don’t go cheap. “‘Good work ain’t cheap, cheap work ain’t good.’ – Sailor Norman Jerry Collins” quotes James. A tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life. When you’re 80 and in the home telling the story of your tattoo, do you want it to still be a thing of beauty and pride or something you regret. A tattoo is not an opportunity to save money.
  2. Listen to your tattoo artist. He’s a specialist and, like any specialist, he knows his job. You may think that portrait of grandma will look great on your neck. Truth is it might come off as something creepy that no one needs to see. Your tattoo artist has an interest in ensuring his work is displayed well. Listen to him.
  3. Look at the portfolios. Every tattoo artist will have a portfolio and the work of one will differ from the work of another. The style of one tattoo artist may not be what you’re looking for while another may be a perfect fit. Take your time and look at the portfolio. The artist is happy to answer any questions you may have.
  4. The youngest client James will consider is 18 years of age. By that time you’re an adult and capable of making your own decisions. However, James will consider 16 or 17 if they have photo ID with proof of their age and a parent is there. This is a difficult decision, though, so best to wait until the 18th birthday.

James is now entering his second year of being an entrepreneur with every sign of having a long and successful career. If you would like to contact James about making an appointment, the best way is through his Facebook page. However, you can email him at jamesgreenaway@live.com or call Capital Tattoo at 780.465.6611.

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