Why would you go on that show? / by Justin Nordine

This is a nice introduction to the cast and what to expect from this seasons, Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes.

I knew going on many might ask “Why would you go on that show?” To be honest, in my earlier career I thought it would be a cool thing to do, great way to get your name out there. However, as my career grew without the need for TV or other things, I decided it wasn’t for me. Then came the calls, after several seasons of saying no, I finally decided why not!

The biggest reason I did it was because I wanted to share my love of the art and what this industry has done for me. I have been through it all in the 10 years I have been in tattooing. The good, the bad and the absolute worst. And I still I love what I do, I want to share that with the world.

I also wanted a platform to be open about mental health, my struggles in hopes to be transparent and inspire others, share the positive aspects of the industry, a different side to tattooing, a more fine art approach, I wanted to show my kids you can do anything you set your mind to, face the fears of the unknown and I was also excited for the opportunity to be challenged and pushed outside of my comfort zone.

For me this wasn’t about gaining more followers, or proving I am a good tattoo artist. I know I am and Im proud of my style and direction. I wanted to be challenged, I believe when we are put in uncomfortable situations you experience growth. Just like working out, we workout to stay strong and build muscle, so by putting myself in uncomfortable situations, which this experience did, I have been able to grow, I learned a lot and wouldn’t change it.

But don’t believe its about fame. Or fortune. Its about being successful and that doesn’t always mean doing that in the traditional sense. If opportunities are presented to you, I would hate to regret taking them and always wonder….what if I had….

Much love.