Baxter's Blog


Posted in Jeff Gogué, Letters by misterroadtripper on August 10, 2010

Here’s a response to Jeff Gogué’s column, “As I See It with Jeff Gogué,” that was posted a day or two ago.

Hey guys: Although Gogué does make a couple of good points, he should be thankful that he doesn’t shake so bad that he can’t hold a machine (after spending years learning), that he has some talent to get the following he has and to make $$$ at something he obviously loves. But he is NOT alone in his affection for the game. The term “remora” [any of several marine fishes of the family Echeneidae, having on the head a sucking disk with which they attach themselves to sharks, whales, sea turtles or the hulls of ships] is a little rugged and may apply to some, but not all. We have been collecting tattoo art probably longer than some could draw a flower. We started this labor of love long ago, knowing that we would be soon out of enough skin to honor and support the artists whom we loved, to see art that we wanted get done and share it. We’ve never made a profit and given plenty to food banks, vets and foster kids. We support and defend the art as much as, if not a little more than, most and have smacked more than our fair share of F-ing punk scratchers. I shouldn’t have to say it, but not all fit your mold. We are collectors of fine art, maybe even patrons (been called that).

—Mr. P

P.S. Keep up the nice work. We’ll hope the arthritis never hits you!

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