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Name: Randy Kienel (Loki)
Age: Unknown
Location: Marietta, GA
How many years in the biz: 22
Your shop website & Url:

Hobbies & Interests: Painting, Drawing, Tattooing, Acting, Modeling, Drinking Fine Wine, Working Out, Shooting Pool, Acting like an idiot

 BAW: What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?


Artist: I won my first art contest in 2nd grade and I was always drawing instead of studying in school. Once I got my first tattoo I was hooked. I started getting tattoos, and started drawing tattoos for other people, and then I started tattooing people. Tattooing is my whole life. I eat and poop tattoos.


BAW: Who are your influences?


Artist: Debi The Illustrator, Dave Lum, Tony Olivas, Tony Edwards, Shawn Anderson, Mike Martin, Brian Everett


BAW: What is your favorite style of work?


Artist: Really dig Old School tattoos, The traditional style....but also enjoy doing black and gray.


BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo experience?


Artist: Went into the tattoo studio to get the traditional panther with scratch marks...that's where I met Debi, the Illustrator and she explained to me I didn't have to settle for flash, then she drew me up something. I loved it and was hooked. She had the only custom shop in this area at that time and had just moved down from Jersey.


BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?


Artist: Full size roulette wheel on entire right butt cheek.

BAW: What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why?


Artist: It was on Chuck Eldridge. The tattoo historians lady at the national tattoo convention. It was memorable because of all the artists in the world at show she chose me to do it and I've always looked up to Chuck Eldridge.


BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?


Artist: Hands, and bottom of feet, also faces.


BAW: Do you support supply co. that sells to the public?


Artist: Definitely not.


BAW: Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists?


Artist: I feel that the artist should apprentice under reputable tattoo artists and join associations like APT that teach disease control.


BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?


Artist: It has definitely changed. The same people that stared at me in public in disgust are now wanting to be seen with me and asking questions about getting tattooed. The cliental while more of an upper-class seem to be harder to deal with. They want what they saw on TV.


BAW: Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows as possible?


Artist: I used to, but now I only do about 4 a year. There are so many shops now opening around each studio, you can't afford to be gone 15 to 20 times a year. Your basic person doesn't care how many shows your doing if the jackass down the road is open.


BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to get into the tattoo business?


Artist: Respect. Respect. Respect the shops that were there before you and learn your history of tattooing and find a good artist with great reputation to apprentice under.


BAW: What could you say to someone who has had a bad first experience?


Artist: I went to McDonald's one time, got a fish sandwich and there was a black hair in it as long as a spaghetti noodle. Every shops different. Some people may like my shop, but other people don't. Its all what their looking for. I try to be laid back as possible and they should try again and get to know artists that will be working with them.


BAW: Since you have started what changes have you seen in the industry?


Artist: For one, the work has gotten much better. Its much more accepted by the public. When I first started, you couldn't get anybody to sell you sterile equipment. Now there's 30 fliers a day coming in mail to sell whatever you need. You can't be as independent with the people because threes another studio on every corner.


BAW: How do you feel about apprenticeships?


Artist: I feel apprenticeships are great and the apprentice should really respect his artist. But also, the artist should have some respect for the apprentice that has chosen them and not treat them like some B movie sex slave.


BAW: Where do you think the Tattoo Industry is going today? Do you think it is getting better or worse?


Artist: Right now, better. But I can see it getting worse.


BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions to the public you might have.


Artist: I really don't respect tattoo artists that have no tattoos themselves. As Debi the Illustrator once told me (who I apprenticed under) would you go to a dentist with no teeth. I think a tattoo artist needs to feel what they're doing to other people to remind them they're not just a piece of meat. I believe in respecting all the artists that came before me. One of my greatest tattoo experiences was in Miami with Lyle Tuttle tattooing my wrist with the Enigma serenading us with his accordion at the same time.  If I would a been getting a blowjob at the same time it would been like dying and going to heaven.



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