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Interview & Photo by Terrence Tyson Kadillac Tattoo is located on Dunn Ave. in Jacksonville, FL. Tell us a little bit about Kadillac Tattoo. We’ve been here for almost six years. We started out as Untouchable Tattoo in [Regency] mall. Then I moved over [to Dunn Ave.] and opened up Kadillac Tattoo. We have 7 artists here. What made you get into tattooing? The guy I used to sell drugs to used to bail me out of jail every time I got in trouble, and he got tired of coming to get me. He said, “Look, if you leave all that alone, I’ll teach you the right way, but you gotta stick with this.” Ever since then, I’ve been here. Tell us about the artists in your shop. We have Eric, Flick, Grace, Devin, Brittany & Juan. All of them are phenomenal. All of them have something different that they do, from realistic to traditional to cosmetic to tribal. They all can do everything, but they have there one thing that they’re the best in. These are the best kids in town.
How many touch-ups do you do on average? Probably at least 2 a day. A lot of times it’s from the guys working out of their house that’ll give you that $20 tattoo or whatever. That’s ridiculous. If you’ll pay $100 for a pair of sneakers, you should pay $100 for a good tattoo. A tattoo’s gonna last a lot longer. Who are some celebrities you’ve tattooed? So far, it’s been Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Three 6 Mafia, Petey Pablo, Nappy Roots, Black Rob, Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers, and a couple of wrestlers. Any memorable experiences tattooing artists? I don’t smoke, but I think I got pretty high when I was tattooing Jim Jones. I kinda remember vague pieces from when I was doing his tattoos. (laughs) If you could pick any celebrity to tattoo, who would it be and why? Nicki Minaj, just so I could beat, that’s all. Please Nicki, if you’re reading this, I’ll do anything for you. I’ve never been with a black woman, so I need you to be my juice breaker.
Speaking of Nicki Minaj, what are your thoughts on all of Lil Wayne’s tattoos? What kind of advice would you guys suggest for Man, he’s covered. He’s killing’ it right now. [It looks someone getting their first tattoo? like] he’s got a lot of bad work on him from some They need to think real hard about what they want people that didn’t know what they were doing, and because people come in here all day long and just a lot of hood stuff on him. But the work I’ve seen him pick anything off the wall and a couple of months getting lately has been pretty good stuff. later want to get it covered up. It’s so hard to cover up something depending on the shape, the size, What’s the weirdest tattoo you’ve ever done? and the darkness of it. So make sure it’s something There was this old lady that came in that wanted to that you want and something that you can commit get a stick figure pushing a lawnmower [tattooed on to for the rest of your life. Make sure you get with her] and she shaved half of her vagina hair. She was a good artist too, because if you get a shitty artist, about 60-something. She was pretty old because you’re gonna be coming to us to fix it. she had a gray bush. (laughs) //
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