Ok I did my apprenticeship in Calgary alberta in 1990/91, and tattooed for quite a few years until my construction business took the majority of my time . I did not do a lot of tattooing for about a 10 year period and then couple years ago I decided that I might try to ink again .It wasn't until the last couple months that I got really serious. I have now set up a room in my house to get enough practice in with a hope to getting back in a shop within the next year.
There have been some huge improvements in the tattoo world since I was tattooing last as well as some really negative aspects . Love premade and presterilized needles and tubes , I hated making needles from scratch ,and disposable tubes though not as solid are a far cry better then reusing the same metal tubes over and over.. There is a lot more crappy items on the market today , there are so many inks ,needles and machines that should have never been put on the market . Huge thank you to companies like Starbrite , Intenze, Kuro Sumi ,Iron Butterfly and Moms for producing decent ink .I know there are other companies that I still need to try out but that will come with time.
Some artists working in a shop might consider me a scratcher because I tattoo out of my house and that is fine ,though I realize that I have learned more in theory from reading forums such as this and from hands on experience over the last couple months then I did during my 2 year apprenticeship .
Huge thanks to some of the guys posting info on this forum as there is lots of great info here . I am sure it is going to take me some time to get back to the level I was tattooing before and even longer time to get to the level I want to be .