ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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MADISON LEWING SMITH

BEAR'S WIFE

So to start this off I have to brag on my wife. Ever since I have met my wife, my life has gotten dramatically better. My wife has taught me so many things, or in better words, shown me my better self. She has always told me that I am able to become what I want in tattooing. That is if I try my hardest. She has always had faith that I will accomplish the things I dreamed of. She is one of the most honorable, nurturing, and selfless people I know. She is and always will be my rock. I met Maddie in my old tattoo studio "Scaredy Tatts" back in Shreveport. 

Maddie is the reason that I have the job at Rebel Muse Tattoo. She is the one that put in the job application secretly because that she knew that I was good enough to be there. I love you so much Maddie, and I am so grateful for the things you do for me.

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LEA

MOTHER FIGURE

I met Lea back in 2007 when I was only eight years old. Lea quickly became my best friend, and at one time, soon to be step mom. As I grew up, Lea was that person that had always supported what I wanted to do. She always had my side. Lea was a piercer before she became a tattoo artist. At the age of thirteen, Lea had been tattooing for a while and decided that it had been long enough and it was time to start my apprenticeship. Lea became my mentor and pushed me and pushed me to get better. She knew that I wanted to tattoo, so she was going to support me all the way to the end. At fifteen Lea finally gave me my license to officially start tattooing.

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JOHN SMITH II

FATHER

My dad is one of the first people in my life to spark interest in tattooing. My dad had been tattooing since the late nineties. He retired tattooing in 2017. I have always looked up to my dad. My dad is now in ministry. 

When I was about four years old, my dad build his first tattoo shop in his garage. He named it "Scaredy-Tatts". That was the age that I remember my dad tattooing every day, and thought it was the coolest thing on the planet. Thats when I became obsessed with the industry. My dad was always careful with decision making and wasn't fond of the idea of me tattooing full time. I think this was based off of his experience with economics in his time of tattooing, which I can't blame him for. But, I told my dad that this was for sure what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My dad gave me something that I probably will take even farther than he ever had the chance to, so I am grateful for that.

I love you dad.