Amory's Story, posted by Conan
Some of you know, some don't.
As of today I am no longer tattooing at Voluta.
To confess: I've been excessively slow in turn-around time for artwork for clients, and not fulfilling the expectations of the well-oiled machine that is Voluta. I've been unreliable, unrealistic, and selfish in the time I've taken away from the studio, and it's harming Voluta's reputation, and my own. I'd like to say I did everything I could to try and make it work, but that's not true. I selfishly took a lot of time off for myself, and let the work pile up in the background. I left clients waiting, sometimes months, for pieces that would take me a mere hour to draw. My guilt got the best of me and I have a bad habit of shutting down when I get overwhelmed. Conan and I agreed that my time was best spent giving attention to the things I really am passionate about- my personal art, my volunteer work, my teaching. Things I have more control over. Tattoo has been a wonderful and empowering venture for me. I think someday I may pick up some machines and jump back in. Maybe Voluta will one day see me back in her loving arms, but for now, I have no choice but to face the consequences of irresponsibility and disrespect. Voluta hosts artists who have the elbow grease and the discipline it takes to hold steady in it's ferocious ascent to the top. I couldn't hang on. I got overwhelmed, and the shop suffered.
Voluta is an anomaly. As far as I know, there is no other art studio like it. There are artists, driven by a higher calling, to create artwork that lives on the skin, and tells the stories of those who wear it. The artwork and it's wearer proclaim an unmistakable truth- This is me, this is where I come from, this is my story. No other art can give feelings a voice like tattoo, and Voluta thrives on that delivery. The responsibility of delivering that powerful, permanent message to those seeking it became a very personal and very difficult task for me. A task I met with ease at the beginning, but gave yield to personal distractions when the waiting line got too long.
I don't know how many clients of mine follow this blog, or how many know already, but I am unable to contact you by my Voluta email, as I no longer have access to it. If you're reading this- please accept my deepest, and most sincere apology for my actions leading to this break. Some of you have unfinished work that I can't even contact you to talk about. That is that hardest part of this all. Leaving people's dreams and thoughts unfinished, like scars on their body where I promised flowers. For that I am truly sorry.
Please trust that Voluta is doing what is best for it's continuation and success. Keep your eye out for Laura and Dina, as they test their mettle as well. No doubt when Voluta flies it's victory flag, it will certainly be a sight to behold.
P.S.... Anyone hiring? :)