The End of an Era

When I was looking for something different to post on my blog besides photos of tattoos and documenting my figure drawing class – this was not what I had in mind.

Of course we don’t always know what the Universe has in mind for us.


I’m not going to explain fully the whys of this decision. My family and those close to me understand and will be here to support me.


I am not booking any more appointments with anyone that I do not have an ongoing relationship with. I will be finishing up projects and will have a very select group of people that I will continue to make tattoos for. I will also continue with my medical work.

Try to think of this as my going into retirement and only making tattoos as a hobby for friends.


If you want to get tattooed at White Tiger – there is an AMAZING array of super talented artists who can take good care of you.


I have tried repeatedly the limit the number of clients that I take on. I have tried to limit the scope and size of projects that I take on. The unfortunate reality is that some people will then not make that cut. By and large most people have been really understanding. Some people have not.

That minority are making my life difficult.

I understand that everyone will react differently to disappointment.


I choose to no longer deal with those people who wish to coerce me into to making their tattoo for them and/or attempt to heap guilt or hostility on me for turning them away.


This decision will affect people. There are people on either side of this cut off who will not be happy with this decision. Including me. There are going to be great projects that I won’t be able to work on and wonderful people who I will not be given the opportunity to work with.


I wish that I could have sorted out some other way to handle this.


White Tiger has an amazing roster of talented artists in two separate locations. We have the best of the best here to pick from.

Look through the portfolios.

Meet with them in person when possible.


Go forth and get tattooed.


If you really need a TeeJay original – you can still buy one of my paintings.

 TeeJay pencil drawing

~ by justteejay on February 4, 2012.

3 Responses to “The End of an Era”

  1. the buddhists embrace the idea of impermanence, which is both scarey and awesome. everything changes and we have the capacity to be open to that. i’m glad to see that you are ready to step into a new adventure, and as much as some may miss your tattoo art, who knows what is to come? if you hang on too tightly to this part of your life you may miss out on the next big adventure. i think you rock no matter what you are doing in life.

  2. I hope that you are incredibly proud of yourself for making such a strong decision. I’m sure that it was difficult for you and will continue to be difficult, but I know that you will continue to have the strength to make the right decisions for yourself and your family.

    Enjoy your time, enjoy your art and enjoy yourself!

  3. You are such a wonderful lady.. Those that love and care for you will be understanding and supportive.. You must do what is best for you and times will always bring change, if we like it or not.. Stay strong and be happy, you must do whats best for you first

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