Jay Blondel aka Gentle Jay from Ink Master
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Jay Blondel from Alchemy Tattoo in Bellmore, New York. Some may recognize Jay Blondel from Spike TV’s hit tattoo series Ink Master. Jay Blondel also known as “Gentle Jay” has made a name for himself giving solid tattoos that will last the test of time. Gentle Jay has been tattooing since the late 90’s and knows how to do clean, crisp and bold tattoos that will look good today as well as 10 years from now. Jay comes from a time in tattoo history where you did not “specialize” in a particular style but in versatility. We caught up with Jay before heading out to the Providence Tattoo Art and Tattoo Convention.
You have been tattooing since 1999 and have seen the industry change from taboo to the mainstream; what do you feel shifted this change?
It started with more females getting tattoos, girls like Jenna Jameson with that little heartbreaker tattoo on her ass. From there it became really popular and once hot girls are ok with something it spreads like legs at a prom… (laughing) Continue reading Jay Blondel aka Gentle Jay from Ink Master
Need to find a shop?
Recently moved and new to town? Need to find a shop? With tattoo shops popping up on every corner in America, how do you find what shop is the best for your needs? Another Tattoo caught up with Daron James owner and piercer of Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo. They have two locations in Asheville and Marion, NC to serve all your needs.
Here is what he had to say:
I know personally from moving around a lot from state to state the best way to find a new shop or artist is by word of mouth. Most collectors love to show off their ink and will give referrals to local shops.
Back in the day “Google” was a great source but recently other shops have used it as a weapon to publicly slander other shops and try to paint a bad picture of them. These days I would say find a local magazine (i.e.. mountain express) check their website for who has been voted number 1 or even for ads ran by local shops. Usually, legit shops are the only ones who have a strong enough clientele to afford legit advertising. Look at shops websites! Usually, all the artists at that shop have their work on their sites be sure to match that work with their in-house portfolios to make sure they are not stealing others photos. All in all though yes , word of mouth is the best form of advertising , always will be. Continue reading Need to find a shop?