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Keith Duggan, tattoo artist

Sink or Swim Tattoo, Grover Beach

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NEW TIMES Have you ever seen a tattooed baby?

DUGGAN No, I can’t say I have.

 

NEW TIMES What is the best part of being a tattoo artist?

DUGGAN It’s great getting your art out there, and it’s always nice making a customer happy. I love what I do.

 

NEW TIMES What is the worst tattoo a person can get?

DUGGAN Names generally aren’t a good idea. You never know what might happen a few years down the road. I don’t like to say any tattoo is a bad tattoo, because what might not be significant to me might be really significant to someone else.

 

NEW TIMES How long have you been tattooing?

DUGGAN Eleven and a half years.

 

NEW TIMES Do you have any tips for someone getting their first tattoo?

DUGGAN Always research your artist. Look at the work they’ve done in the past and always come sober to your appointment. It’s impossible to tattoo someone when they’re drunk, for a lot of reasons.

 

NEW TIMES What is the most popular tattoo right now?

DUGGAN Day of the Dead tattoos are pretty popular right now. They’re like the tribal band tattoo of 2011.

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