“I fell in love with tattooing and gave my life to it.” -Hector Cedillo

“Once you decide to be a tattooer… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your trade. Never complain about your craft. You must dedicate your life to mastering your tattooing. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.”

Tattooing holds deep meaning for me because I have learned from it as an artist, a father, a husband and a human being. Tattooing involves all of the essentials of life: humility, honesty, creativity, responsibility, and love. There are many of us for whom tattooing is an irreplaceable part of life. We rely on it to take us out of sadness, madness, the pressures of poverty, youth, age, etc. It seems to be a remedy for just about anything. For me, it has also helped me to identify some of my life purposes. I have listened to my heart and been honest about the goals I have for myself.

Because I have an exceptional life purpose, I approach the world with enthusiasm. I look for ways to expand my abilities and to share my gift with others. I am passionate about living truthfully as a tattooer, approaching life with vivacity.

The thing about being a tattooer is that it’s all about you! You have to motivate yourself. You have to push yourself. You can only count on your machines, your needles, and your imagination because at the end of the day you have to be proud of the effort that you put in. It doesn’t matter how anybody else tattoos. If you have a single bit of doubt in yourself, you will fail as a tattooer.

Great things begin to happen in your life when tattooing becomes greater and more significant than just an everyday thing. Great things blossom in you when you are selfless (and not self-centered!). People begin to notice the great things that you do when you begin to dedicate your life to tattooing. Remember this nugget of knowledge: every great tattoo comes from a superior interest in becoming the best within! So if you are lacking in confidence or are wondering why you are working strenuously with no great results, hear this: tattooing is the part of you that you need both to complete you (bring life) and to fulfill you as you achieve more than you ever imagined.

Tattooing appears somehow more solid and present in our lives than material things, something we can always address and hold on to. At its best, tattooing connects us to a feeling as large as the whole goddamn universe itself.

“I fell in love with tattooing and gave my life to it.”

Be Great, Be Artistic, Be Diverse, and Be a Responsible Tattooer…

- Hector Cedillo (Hector Cedillo is a tattoo artist at Piercing Emporium in Worcester, Massachusetts)