Old 09-12-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Why do artists do guest spots?

That may be a daft question but I was thinking about it earlier and came up with numerous possibilities and was wondering if there is a definitive answer.

My possible guesses:

Exposure to a new (geographical) audience
To generate some buzz...."Oooo artist X is guesting in studio Y"
To share practise
To help out a smaller, less well known mate/studio
To get out and have a nice change of scenery and/or a working holiday
To visit a mate

I can think of others like 'they have a quiet spell at their own place' but then bigger names with waiting lists seem to do guest spots too so that rules that one out.

Just curious...
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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All of the above and more.

A big reason is to make a long trip for a convention financially viable, ie an international tattooer might do a few days at shops before or after a convention.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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ALL ARTISTS WORK DIFFERENTLY....SO GUESTING IS A GREAT WAY TO SEE HOW OTHERS DO CERTAIN THINGS......NEEDLE SET UPS,TYPES OF MACHINES, AND EVEN HOW THE MACHINES RUN DIFFERENT TO YOUR OWN.?
ALSO SKILLS CAN BE LEARNT FROM ANOTHER ARTIST, DRAWING, STENCILING ,EVEN COLOUR TECHNIQUES .?

AND BEST OF ALL FOR CHANGE OF SCENERY,AND FRIENDSHIP ,LOVE OF THE ART AS WELL.

THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

DOING A WEE SPOT AT SOMEONE ELSES PLACE GIVES YOU A BUZZ, AND EVEN LIFTS YOUR OWN WORK SKILLS.

GUESTING....GREAT, FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TRAVEL ALSO.
SOME SINGLE ARTISTS COULD TRAVEL THE WORLD.....BIT HARDER FOR US MARRIED GEEZERS.

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It's great to see pert using the caps lock again!
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I would love to do guest spots at other studios. But, all piercings should look pretty much the same when done properly, so there will never be a need for guesting piercers, I suppose.
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Lots of reasons. You learn alot working with other people. Generally socializing with your mates or making new ones. Also, it can be a grind to be sat in the same spot in the same room day in day out knowing your booked for 6-8 months, you need to keep it and your ideas fresh, so a change of scenery is good.
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Great to hear your thoughts, and that one had never even occurred to me bettybean.

Very interesting, thanks all
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