Buzz is a tattoo artist presently giving his services at Silver Line Tattoo Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He has worked for Norma Roses tattoo; Future Skin; Rideau St Tattoos; and One, a fine body art studio. He grew up in a trailer park in the early eighties. ‘All us kids were “metal heads” and it was common for our crowd to have hand poked tattoos at a young age. I had my first poked at age ten. A crucify on my arm.’
He used to pierce, but being an art student, he has always wanted to tattoo artist professionally. He thinks, ‘with body piercing you a limited to what you can do. What I mean is there are only so many piercings, while tattooing brings me something different each day.’
He said he watched the tattoo industry changing dramatically over the past decade. ‘I like how popular it is, but popularity breeds tattoo artists that are not in ‘it’ for the art. They care more to look cool or make money. It seems like most of the new guys ‘in’ have huge attitudes and think very highly of themselves.’ He would like to take his tattoos all over the world. With our tattoo machine building biz, he meets people from all over the world via internet. At present he charges 150$ per hour for small work, 100 per hour on large work…approximately.
Apart from being an tattoo artist Buzz is ‘a loving husband, a good friend (to some).’ He also runs a small biz out from his home that employee six people, ‘working part-time building custom 1 of a kind tattoo machines that we sell to pros all over the world.’
I did not tell you guys that Buzz’s wife Sara is herself a body piercer and they work together at Silver Line Tattoo studio. When we asked Buzz that they both have complimentary professions, does it accelerate your passion for the art? He replied, Of course, when you enter a profession with your partner, you want to empress your partner with your moves. It brings us closer like when we go to tattoo conventions. As partners we work very hard at our profession together.’ Sara has Scalpelled his lobes to 3/4 inch, she also pierced his lips, moreover he has been into piercing for 10 years and others did many of them.
Thanks Buzz for sparing your precious time for us.