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HOW did a 32-year-old academy dropout from the anchorage of Louisiana, with no academic training in art — well, to be frank, no training at all — end up with a one-man appearance in a New York arcade and a applicant account that includes Robert Downey Jr. and Orlando Bloom?
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For Scott Campbell, it all started at a boom flat in the Lower Haight commune of San Francisco. “I’m aloof the bedraggled kid who snuck in the aback door,” said Mr. Campbell, who said that he got the aggregate of his art apprenticeship tattooing boyish assemblage associates in San Francisco in the 1990s.
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Indeed, as he sat in the Smile, a restaurant on Bond Street, with his acquaintance Dan Colen, a adolescent artist, and with his awkward dirty-blond beard abrasion the top of his collar and his ink-stained forearms peeking out of his shirt, Mr. Campbell looked like a kid in Salvation Army best who sells Minor Threat albums at Bleecker Bob’s — never apperception that his accepted shirt was Loden Dager, that his jeans were from Earnest Sewn and that his lunky diver’s watch was a Rolex. (A ancestors allotment handed bottomward to him by an uncle in the Navy Seals, Mr. Campbell explained).
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And that boom career? It took off in 2005, four years afterwards he confused to New York and opened his studio, Saved Tattoo, in the then-emerging adjacency of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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One day an abrupt Australian came in and commissioned a baby bird in flight on his larboard forearm. The abutting day, Mr. Campbell said, “Entertainment Tonight” came with cameras, assay him on what affectionate of boom he had aloof accustomed Heath Ledger. The two became accompany — “the sweetest guy, so open,” he said of Mr. Ledger. “The third time I afraid out with him, I had keys to his house.”
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It became a pattern, as Mr. Campbell became article of a celebrity boom artist, charging as abundant as $300 an hour ($1,000 minimum) to ink barter like Courtney Love and Josh Hartnett. Afterwards Mr. Campbell tattooed three of Sting’s developed children, he said, the accompanist and his wife, Trudie Styler, put him up at their abode in London aback he was there for a arcade appearance in October (he said he paid Sting aback by giving him a tattoo, a brainwork coil on his back). And he said he afresh went arcade bent with Marc Jacobs, who sports a boom of his two balderdash terriers on his shoulder, address of Mr. Campbell. The attributes of his craft, he said, helps to explain these friendships. “Tattooing is a actual affectionate exchange,” he said.