Casey Neistat helped me become a tattoo artist  | INDIE ALASKA

Casey Neistat helped me become a tattoo artist | INDIE ALASKA

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ Living through surreal combat situations, to be tattooed directly afterward is just overwhelming you know, because now we’re all marked those things that we were tattooed with at that specific time makes those haunted visions of the memories of the things that happened tangible. (tattoo gun) Attempting to save men’s lives and failing you know men dying in your arms while you’re exposed to mortal danger, you’re in the middle of firefights of RPGs detonating next to you, you know within ten to twenty feet. It was the mostintense combat that I had ever experienced (tattoo gun) ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ You know to be in that environment as over an eight day period, and be in that head space and land completely literally blood and brain and (explicit) stained, to going in and seeing pictures of my wife and kids and just uncontrollably breaking down crying and then a knock on the door. ♪♪ There was three gentlemen there that wanted to create a video about the romance of combat and tattooing I just wanted to be part of what they were doing. They basically tattooed us for three days Surreal…to have someone tattooing you like that in those moments was the absolute best form of therapy that could have happened. ♪♪ When I returned here to Alaska I think we had seven days off and then boom I was right back in Alaska doing you know parachute drops. So there really wasn’t a lot of decompression time. I think it was about a year after the events, I still could not shake the healing effects that the tattooing had and I basically started tattooing myself. I wanted to start a tattoo out with this koi fish. It’s a rather large tattoo to one be your first tattoo and then let alone to tattoo it on yourself. I just bullheadedly placed a stencil on my leg and started tattooing myself and it became very apparent ten minutes in to the tattoo that I was in way over my head. But I basically just grit my teeth and completed it. ♪♪ A lot of the guys that I tattoo are almost solely it’s all pararescuemen that I work with and I know that in some subconscious way I’m attempting to recreate that healing effect from just the collective damage that we take in the job that we do. ♪♪ I’ve always been very artistic. I grew up in a very artistic family. There’s a lot of things you can do I mean you can tattoo pig’s feet, fruit, vegetables You know you can tattoo all these things, but there’s nothing like tattooing skin ♪♪ I don’t think that I have OCD issues but I become very neurotic about tattooing. tattoo gun tattoo gun tattoo gun ♪♪ ♪♪ Sometimes sessions that I’ve tattooed guys with, you know they can take 14 hours and of course that tortuous to them and me, but sometimes that’s really cathartic ♪♪ I feel like a healer in some capacity. Or I attempt to fill the gap of a healer in some metaphysical way when I tattoo people…directly because of those experiences. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪

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