Chicago tattoo artist Mark McDaniel is one of the most successful tattoo artists in the world.
But his career is at a crossroads.
For the past few years, McDaniel has been working with a group of artists who are turning his tattooing experience into a full-time career.
His first client is tattoo artist Mike Schulz, a former Navy SEAL who now works for McDaniel.
Schulz says McDaniel’s skills are unparalleled.
“His ability to paint, draw, etch, etching, whatever, it’s just really, really amazing,” Schulz told ABC News.
But there’s one hurdle McDaniel doesn’t see: he’s only been tattooing for a year.
McDaniel says he’s not interested in pursuing more work.
“I’ve got my life now, I’ve got this whole other thing,” McDaniel said.
“I’m not really looking at that.”
The tattoo industry is booming in the U.S., and there are plenty of jobs for those with tattoos, especially for military veterans.
In 2014, there were 8.3 million tattooed Americans, according to a 2014 Gallup poll.
About two-thirds of the total tattoo industry employed more than one person, according the American Tattoo Association.
Many of the tattoos McDaniel sees are for veterans, and he says the industry is changing for the better.
“There’s a whole new generation of tattoo artists, and they’re really getting into it, they’re getting a lot of experience, they know how to do the stuff that I know I can do,” McQuaid said.
McQuaid says he has more tattoos than any other tattoo artist in the country.
He estimates that he has between 30 and 50 tattoos.
McQuaraid says the tattoo industry has changed a lot since he first started working with McDaniel in 2005.
He said he started getting tattoos for his military service and he’s been working for McQuarad since.
“I love the process of making art,” McAdams said.
“It’s really, truly, an art form, and I’ve had to do a lot in my life to get to where I am.”
But it’s hard to be a tattoo artist and not be a military veteran, McAdams says.
McAdams is one in a growing group of veterans who are embracing the tattooing industry as a career.
“It is so much more rewarding, and it’s so much less scary, and so much easier to do,” he said.
McAdams has worked for Mcquarad for almost eight years.
He has made a name for himself as an expert in the field.
McQuard says the tattoos are a great way to show off his military skills.
“You can get them for free, you can do them in a few minutes, they can be done in a couple of days,” McArthur said.
But some of McQuaryds work can take months to complete, he said, adding that it’s a time-consuming and expensive process.
Even for veterans who can afford it, McQuayds tattooing work can be a time consuming and expensive business.
He said it’s not just the time it takes to get a tattoo done, but also the hours it takes.
“This is a great opportunity to get the work done, and to get some of that experience, and the experience to learn about and work with the other guys, but that also gives you a really nice, clean piece of art that’s going to be on your wall for years,” Mcquayds said.
In McQuairs case, the tattoos he’s working on are for his service member brothers and sisters, and for people who have served in the military.
And he says it’s been an experience he’s looking forward to for a long time.
“For some of them, this is their first time in a tattoo shop, and their first tattoo,” Mc Quair said.