Tattoo artist gets support from relatives

June 14, 2018
Contributed Jamar Smith is quite verse on intricate designs.
Contributed Jamar Smith (right) inks one of his clients.
Contributed Jamar Smith's client is very dedicated to the 'Gaza' movement.

A few years ago, Jamar Smith did not think that he would be a tattoo artist, but now he is living the best life he can through this medium.

As a past student of Camperdown High School, he said that his dream career is to be an architect. He said that even though that dream is on pause, it is still alive.

"I am still planning to do architecture, but when you find the passion and the market for something, you go ahead and do it," he said.

Smith, 26, has been doing tattoos professionally for the past two years. He said that his first artwork was nerve-racking, but his cousin, who decided to be his canvas, had nothing to worry about.

"I started to do it at age 22 and my cousin was the first person I tried it on. I was excited but a bit nervous, because at the end of the day I know it was going to be a permanent thing," he said, noting that other family members are also very supportive.

Thankfully, the first experiment went well, and since then, his name has been on the lips of persons who are eager to try his work.

And every time he does a new artwork, Smith said that the experience is different.

"There is complete satisfaction when I finish my work and people love what I do," he said.

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