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Thursday, July 30, 2009

“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

When we decided to start our style of homesteading we decided to make a list of all the skills we had that could generate money. Although we were lowering our expenses, we still needed to be able to make money to pay for our necessities...mainly land taxes, medical bills and our house payment.

One of the skills that was on the top of my list was Tattooing. I have been tattooing on and off since I was a teenager, and Melissa worked in a tattoo shop when I met her. Over the years we have opened and closed two tattoo businesses, and sold our equipment numerous times. Yet, through all of that I have always loved the artistry behind tattoos and have always been drawn back to the craft after long absences.

Since it is a skill I have and love, and I now have the time to dedicate myself to the art...I have once again started slinging ink. The wonderful part about it is that in the past I was so concerned about the money side of it that I would lose sight of how much I enjoyed creating permanent art on people. Now don't get me wrong, we still need the money, but now it is not the primary focus. For once in my life I can truly enjoy tattooing

Here's a sample of my most recent work and If you like you can visit Sanctus Tattooing, my blog that will display images of my work.


  1. Ah, it's been a while since I've read. Sounds like things are really moving along.

    Tattooing is something I have an academic interest in. It's good that you can do something you enjoy, and earn some money doing it!

    I've been learning to bake, myself. Somebody did the calculation, and supposedly, you can bake a good 9-12 oz. baguette for less than 50 cents, using decent-quality flour, and it' actually not hard, other than the shaping. Compare this to the $1.50 you'll probably pay, minimum, at a grocery store for a generally subpar loaf. The only big investment on your part is time, but it's something you can do other things in between steps.

    That said, the basic baguette recipe I have, which uses a poolish preferment, takes 12-16 hours for the preferment, or you can throw it in the fridge to retard it for even further in the future. It takes about 4-5 hours of work, with perhaps an hour of that time actively working on the dough, and only uses flour, water, salt, and yeast.

  2. Would you mind sharing that recipe?
    Melissa has always been a good baker, but since we started this her baking has really improved and become more varied. A great edition to our Homestead

  3. Ya know since I've started, I've really not thought about the money. I love, how did you put it,"slinging ink". And like most Wojtowicz's, I'm gonna be good at it as well. Thanks for inspiring me to revisit a dream from 18 years ago. That was when I bought that kit from Spaulding and Rogers. Anyway, the reason to do something should always come from the love of the art, not the financial potential the art might bring.