For years I studied the details of the finest artists I knew of— Amy Jean and Branko Babic — in hopes of one day imbibing their abilities.
The confidence they personally filled me with changed my perception of how I saw my myself as an artist. The opportunities they presented to me opened my world and I am forever grateful.
I wanted to take a moment today to express my gratitude to the people who sculpted such a beautiful foundation for this industry. Amy, Branko — thank you.
In the explosion of the microblading craze over the last few years, I have seen it all. We have a lot to figure out in this industry culture, that’s for sure— yet so much integrity has emerged from the cringe worthy practices that go on. My personal mission is to uphold the integrity that I originally was taught by the artists I admired most.
How can we upkeep integrity, exactly?
Like any growing culture, there is a bittersweet tone. As more people come in, more innovative solutions arise along with the inevitable bad apples who give the collective a soured name. We long for the days when this was a sacred art form passed on respectfully, but we have to be real. Those days are gone.
So while I do not have the answers, I do have some ideas I’d love to share— in hopes it inspires your own ideas around the idea of industry integrity.
It would ensure that all artists are being trained within the same guidelines and all have equal amount of training prior to actually cutting into someone’s skin with a blade— I mean let’s just be real about this.
Every email I receive from someone crying about getting bad brows from an underqualified person, I can predict to be a dangerous scenario for more reasons that just looking bad.
Cross contamination is an issue not largely talked about because it is often hard to pin point these root cause health issues when they arise in someone.
That means creating more awareness around what this services should look like— and what it should not. A few common practices I have observed that should raise red flags on an artist are:
- Not wearing a face mask.
- Covering clients with blankets and giving them pillows.
- Doing procedures in breakrooms, at home or anywhere there is people eating and socializing.
- Opening drawers and pigment bottles while working.
- Re-using brow pencils, surgical markers, and tools.
- Not covering the work area (beds/tables) with a protective barrier.
These common malpractices are just the tip of the iceburg of when it comes to important precautions that are not taught in schools or an online microblading training course. They are typically not intentional and a result of a lack of awareness and experience.
From experience I have witnessed how paying respect to the lineage and understanding the progression of the industry has kept me humble, hard working and honest about my expectations when I was a beginner artist.
What do you think? If you are a microblading artist, new or an OG— let us know your thoughts below!