Re: My horrible first day henna-ing at the tattoo parlor :-(

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Posted by Maureen on June 19, 2002 at 14:42:14:

In reply to: My horrible first day henna-ing at the tattoo parlor :-( posted by Jenna on June 19, 2002 at 11:24:30:

Hi Jenna,

I am sure that felt simply awful. But one way to look at it is that
your "worse possible thing that could happen" has happened. It is
all looking up from here.

The advice of Lauren and Jenna is so right on. If you find yourself
in a position that one of the tools of your trade is not working,
stop and fix it rather than proceeding. It is not going to fix
itself and stopping to fix the problem shows that you know enough
about what you are doing to recognize the problem and to solve it.
People can be very patient when they are satisfied that you know what
you are doing...and very impatient when they have decided that you do
not know what you are doing. Also carry a back up or a premix tube or ingredients to thicken or thin
out your paste.

A good rule of thumb is to test your paste prior to showing up at the
gig. That way you have time to tweak whatever is wrong and know that
the paste you are carrying along is of the right consistency and is
staining excellently. Sounds like that is all you need to add to
your preparation...a back up paste, testing prior to taking to the
gig, supplies on hand to fix the paste, tip, cone or whatever that
might fail you on the job. Preparation is the biggest and most
important part of the job. It is the difference between muddling and
stumbling through and a planful success.

This stuff sounds so obvious in retrospect. But anyone who can tell
you how to solve the problem has had the same problem themselves and
had to learn from it.

Every day is an opportunity for redemption. Go back today and redeem
your paste. Sounds like that is all you really have to prove to
yourself. Don't worry about proving it to the tatt shop owner.
Prove it to yourself and everything else will fall in line.

Dry your eyes, feel better and go tweak your paste to perfection.



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