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Tattoo Interview with Shahn Anderson




Tattoo Interview with Shahn Anderson

TFI: You did your apprenticeship with Scott Sterling and Sailor Moses. What was that like?
Shahn Anderson:
Of course Moses and Scotty gave me the shot when I was just a punk kid… - but I guess I’m still a punk kid [laughs]. I started my apprenticeship the old way with scrubbing toilets and scrubbing tubes and I did that for nothing, just so they won’t kick me out of the shop. In Moses’ shop if you want to hang around you better do something useful and not just take up space. That was early ‘87 and I think I left mid-’92.

TFI: What other artists influenced you?
Shahn Anderson:
Oh man, the list is big: Ed Hardy, Hori Yoshi, Bob Shaw, Henry Goldfield, you don’t even want to start...

TFI: What are your favourite styles of tattooing?
Shahn Anderson:
It depends on the day. Depends what side of the bed I wake up. I like oriental also like portraits...

TFI: ...and that goes for looking at the style and doing it?
Shahn Anderson:
Oh yes.

TFI: Do you have a favourite tattoo on yourself?
Shahn Anderson:
All of them. [laughs]

TFI: The shop is closed, all flash is drawn all workplaces are clean. What do you like doing in your spare time?
Shahn Anderson:
It depends on the season. If you live in the North-Country in the winter it is snow mobiles and in the summer it is bikes and boats with the family. But I also pretty much draw every day and I don’t get a lot of days off, it just does not happen.

TFI: If there was one thing you could change about the tattoo business, what would it be?
Shahn Anderson:
That’s a tough question. The industry is a funny animal and I like it kind of the way that it is. I wish we could be more unified at times, especially now. That’s why I do the APT [Alliance of Professional Tattooists] and I work hard for this.

TFI: You mentioned the APT, you are still the president?
Shahn Anderson:
Yes, I am on my last term and my last year. We have term-limits and you can only stay in that position for two terms. November I’ll be done but I will still be on the board.

TFI: You are very busy. You are booked seven months in advance but still you spend a lot of time for the APT. Why do you burn it on both ends?
Shahn Anderson:
We are under fire from a lot of different directions. If you don’t stay together you become an easy target. We educate ourselves and fight back. Sometimes it gets into sleep time and I rarely take days off. In the shop I have headsets. When calls are coming in from the APT office or the health department or something like that I just put the headset on. I tattoo with a headset on quite often.

TFI: During your presidency at the APT what were your objectives, what was achived and also: what is next there?
Shahn Anderson:
There is a lot of goals. Number one being that you got to grow the organization and promote save tattooing. Also the unity of tattooers. My personal goal is to make the APT strong, so when my term is over and someone else heads up the organization they inherit a heads-up organization.

TFI: You have been in the tattoo industry for a while. Where will it go?
Shahn Anderson:
The Tsunami is over. When I got into it –I got my first tattoo in ’86- and there was not really any magazines. At that time it was still the tattoo-section in the back of an “Easy Rider” magazine. Then this huge wave of popularity hit in ’87/’88, but now it is tapering off. But then: shops are still opening.
Tattooing over the years has just done a cycle. It was big in the 1920’s then it died off, then it was big again in World War 2 and died off. Janice Joplin got tattooed in the 60’s it got big again but nothing like this… but now it is definitely tapering off, and that’s OK.
When I got into tattooing you still had to sell a tattoo, people then did not just jump in your chair. I learned to sell a tattoo from the Master Moses, he could sell sand to a sheikh, it was crazy. Never seen anything like it.

TFI [putting on our best impish grin]: Last question: Packers vs. Vikings later today. What is it going to be?
[This interview was done in Green Bay the day the Packers met the Vikings in the playoffs]
Shahn Anderson: I try to be real optimistic but there is a lot of descention in my team and we are pretty hurt... [long pause] ...and we can not play outdoors. They just turn retarded when they get out on grass. So I put up a good front but I have no delusions that we are going to win today. Also depends on the Ref’s: I am a scientific football watcher and this is not what people like to hear, but the Ref’s in the last few games Vikings/Packers have been horrendous. Let’s just say: Let the best team win. ...Which is the Vikings!
[Just for the record: The Vikings did win 31/17.]











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