Richie “Made Rich” Parker says “Think Before You Ink”

by Arthur Loh August 02, 2017

Richie “Made Rich” Parker says “Think Before You Ink”

Tattoos stay with you forever, so think before you ink.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Think before you ink” then you’ve probably at some point in your life contemplated getting a tattoo. When you’re 16 – 17, getting a tattoo probably wasn’t something you’d think too hard about. In fact just the sheer amount of street cred would have been enough to lure you into a 30 year old ex-con’s house to get poked full of holes with a needle that was attached to the motor of what used to be a walkman, not to mention the gross amount of people that needle has been in.

“Think Before You Ink” just so happens to be the name of a tattoo shop out in Queens, New York – set up by tattoo artist Richie “Made Rich” Parker. I heard that Richie was about to make a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia sometime in June and decided to ask my boys at the office to patch me through so I could tell him what each of my tattoos meant (If you don’t know me yet, I’m huge on tattoos and I think the fairy on my hip and butterfly on my lower back prove it). But for real, Richie’s style of tattoo’s were really my thing – all those black and grey iconic religious motifs really got me and I just had to speak to him.

The artist and the path.

I asked Richie what made him want to become a tattoo artist and I think like a lot of people – he too kinda stumbled upon the path. A young man, chasing his college football dreams, Richie went to a military prep school – no girls, no phones, in the middle of friggin nowhere – and all he had was his sketchbook. He says he has probably sketched more in that sketchbook in those 6 months than he has ever in his entire life. So much so that a teammate there asked Richie to design a tattoo for him and then another friend bought a design off him for $40 when he went home. Later finding out that his friend paid $350 to get the tattoo done, Richie decided he was going to learn to tattoo. In his own words – “Because that $350 was supposed to be mine!”

At some tattoo party, Richie’s mentor Vill discovered him through that same sketchbook and gave him the knowledge he needed to become a tattoo artist. Tattooing out of his girlfriend’s crib, to tattooing out of his college dorm room, right up to Think Before You Ink.

By Arthur Loh




Arthur Loh
Arthur Loh

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in The Drop

Hate Mondays? The Hundreds x Garfield Drops Today!
Hate Mondays? The Hundreds x Garfield Drops Today!

by Lucas Lau May 04, 2018

Put down your lasagne and pick up your credit card because the for the second time, the orange striped feline is back with an exclusive, limited edition capsule with West Coast streetwear giants The Hundreds. 

Read More

Major General Goods Presents: Mukk
Major General Goods Presents: Mukk

by Lucas Lau April 17, 2018

Want to take your Scandi-chic aesthetic to your desk but don't want to pay through the nose and want to support local? Mukk is a homegrown lifestyle brand that creates sustainable designs with high quality artisanal craftsmanship. From picture frames to parts trays Mukk will transform a small space into less of a barren wasteland and more of a page from kinfolk or musotrees.

Read More

Major General Goods Presents: Salang Design
Major General Goods Presents: Salang Design

by Lucas Lau April 16, 2018

Everyone needs a little something to add to their outfit or their everyday considered carry to tell you a little more about them. Salang Design takes inspiration from the humdrum of everyday life to inject a little fun in your daily life with some of the most awesome patches we've seen. 

Read More

Sale

Unavailable

Sold Out