An inside look: Terin J.D. of Cry Babies Electric Tattooing


Terin J.D., owner of Cry Babies Electric Tattooing, discusses the importance of imperfections in tattoos Jan. 18 at his studio. J.D.'s unconventional tattooing process includes drawing the tattoos on the skin with a ballpoint pen, as opposed to using a stencil. Samuel Arvin

Terin J.D. always thought tattooing was about following the rules, until he learned there were none. 

J.D. is the owner of Cry Babies Electric Tattooing, a local tattoo parlor that focuses on supporting black art and creating bold tattoos. He said the inspiration for his tattooing style came from his time spent in New York.

"New York tattoos are way more simple than what I was doing," he said. "But they were way more powerful."

J.D.'s tattooing process also allows him to stand out as an artist. He does not rely on stencils. Instead, J.D. draws the tattoos directly onto his clients with ballpoint pen because he believes the imperfections make the tattoos more visually interesting.

"Your unique voice is more from your flaws than it is from your perfections," he said. 

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