Dear Brian, President National Tattoo Association.
And all My NTA Colleagues, Oct. 7, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I sent Flo a request that I be able to get my NTA Membership updated, and a Tattoo Booth and Seminar Time at the next convention in Cincinnati. I don’t know if you are aware of my request, but, because I have not received any response, I am asking you to look into the situation and see if you can help me get what I am requesting.
I don’t think I am being unreasonable in my request, your assistance will be appreciated very much and your courage to support me will be a welcome change to the other Members of the National Tattoo Association.
You can find a copy of my request titled; To all My National Tattoo Association Colleagues – Posted on my blog page at; smarttattoo.com/blog/ I posted my letter here, asking the other NTA Members to speak up for me when I realized I wasn’t getting a response from the NTA Leadership.
At this point I don’t believe there is much hope that my request is granted, but I am asking you for a comment on the situation, so I know where I really stand with my opinions. The official National Tattoo Associations opinion on this situation (Gypsies and over population of Conventions) is very important. Knowing what the Official NTA opinion actually is will help develop the strategy needed so the true to the Profession Tattoo Artists can regain a little control of our Profession.
The tattoo profession started into a “Professional Recession” in 2003. Did you know Brian, that in 2003, 18% of all 18-25 year old people in the USA were being tattooed. By 2009, that number had dropped to 8%. That is over a 50% decline in popularity. This is an indication the Professional recession started long before the financial recession started.
The main cause of this decline in popularity in tattooing, is the over abundance of
Con-ventions and the Traveling Gypsies that support these events. Gypsies are to the tattoo profession, what Scratchers are to the local markets. The only way we are going to stop the greed of these people is to talk about it.
Please help me get Seminar time at the Convention in Cincinnati so we can get the situation turned around.
I have described 3 different types of Conventions. See these descriptions at http://smarttattoo.com/blog/ and see for your self that I am not being critical of the National Tattoo Convention, I am actually trying to help you and the NTA become strong like you once was.
I can help if you guys would just let me!
The Tattoo Profession is in a perpetual “Professional” recession until we do something.
Don’t be afraid Brian, to help us do something to get our profession turned in a better direction.
Don’t be afraid, I’ll do all the talking, and you don’t have to agree. Just listen and then figure out what needs to be done. As a group of Professionals, the Members Of the National Tattoo Association deserve to hear this information. And they will, one way or the other. If we work together You, Me, and the National Tattoo Association will be the Leaders in the industry. Other wise the Gypsies will continue to Rule and Destroy.
Hated Worldwide, for a reason, just not the reason everyone believes.