The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 22, 1996 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, January 22, 1996
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r ii n 11 n ii it it n ii n it it n ii w\r SPOTLIGHT Danielson cited for longtime membership Paul Danielson, Lindsborg, has been honored for being a member of the Kansas Livestock Association since 1945. He is one of an elite group of five recognized for 50 years of membership in the organization. Danielson ran a general farming and livestock operation and has served as a KLA county committeeman for many years.. Tourbier celebrates 100th birthday Lena Tourbier, a Salina resident for more than 40 years, celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 20 at Ninnescah Manor in Clearwater. About 65 relatives and friends attended a reception celebrating the event. Lena is a member of the First Christian Church in Salina. She has two daughters, Betty Spohn of Bellevue, Wash, and Norma Clark of Bella Vista, Ark.; six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Salina 10-year-old named a super kid 10-year-old Monica Baltazor, Salina, has been awarded the "Super Kids of Summer" award for helping others in the community during her summer school break. Monica was chosen as the area's most civic-minded child CONTINUED TO PAGE 2 About Neighbors Items for publicatiorun Neighbors can be ,, submitted in writing and must include a name, •* address and telephone number. If you'd (ike your material returned, please ',y provide a self-addressed, .;: stamped envelope. - * Items may: be brought -m to the Salina Journal of- t „ fice at 333 S. Fourth or ^ mailed to Neighbors, c/o .', The Salina Journal, P.O. 1* Box 740, Salina 67402. ^ Maynard the tattooist makes a living in a tough profession By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal faynard didn't feel comfortable poking a hole in the woman before he figured out how to do it properly. The well-endowed woman during a 1973 biker party chose Maynard over a group of anxious men to tattoo her breast. Maynard told her to give him a chance to figure out the profession. That night, the man who calls himself only "Maynard" gave himself a small Scorpion on his wrist with a needle, some dye and some thread. The next day, the woman came back, and he tattooed her. His friends liked what they saw and started to clamor for Maynard's work. "I figured if I was going to start putting in the time and effort, I might as well do this for a living," Maynard said. Maynard looks up from his work - roses and colorful bugs on the ankle of a woman with "Angel" tattooed on her forearm, and gives a sardonic grin. "This is tough," he said. "It's a very hard profession to get the hang of." Maynard takes his work seriously. He is an artist, supplementing his tattoo income with airbrushed drawings and painted motorcycle seats. He doesn't like people who tattoo their whole bodies with different designs. He also worries so much about his work that he will lie awake at night if he doesn't think he's done a good job. "If you're going to tattoo your body, have an idea for it first, then do something original," he said. "Some people just look like they've got a bunch of crap on their skin. "You can get a divorce, but you can't get rid of tattoo without spending a hell of a lot of money. Plus, I really don't like my artwork getting blasted off." Maynard came to Salina in Kelly Presnell/The Salina Journal Maynard is a longtime tattoo artist with a shop on Salina's north Santa Fe. 1981 and opened a shop, the first tattoo shop in Salina that Maynard knows of. He moved into the Dragon's Lair, 243 N. Santa Fe, two years ago and bought it last year. His shop is a sanctuary to the 70's. Pink Floyd plays through a silver boom box stained with cigarette smoke. An aquarium filled with aggressive fish bubbles in the corner, and pictures of tattooed women adorn the walls. Jewels, knives, statues and bizarre artifacts are scattered throughout. Maynard trades tattoos for knives with a dealer in town. Pictures of cliched tattoos roses, skulls, bikes - wallpaper the place. "You gotta make a living somehow," Maynard said. But to the left of the wall are Maynard's works of art: Drawings of long-haired .teenagers, skeletons and even two mice with smoking guns sticking through then* oversized ears. "That's just one of the sick things I've done," he said. "I thought I would never sell that, but I've done them both a few times." There are times when customers put their skin in the hands of Maynard's inspiration. "Life is a lot harder when they just come in and say 'do my leg,'" he said. "You kind of have to get in a person's head at that point. You kind of have to be psychic." Even so, Maynard couldn't tell you why people get tattoos. "I've never heard a good reason," he said. "I have several, and I couldn't tell you myself." Maynard doesn't belong to the old school of tattooing. He doesn't like to inflict pain on his customers, yet he knows getting a tattoo can be painful. A tattoo is created by a needle that opens the skin and injects dye into the wound. "Anyone who tells you it doesn't hurt is a liar," he said. "There were those old guys who would say 'Quit whining and get in the chair. If you can't take it get out.' If you want to take a break with me, we can take a break." Maynard is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. Maynard doesn't have a set price rate. In fact, during a slow period, "there's times when a sack of groceries will get you a long way." Maynard "kicks butt" after income taxes have been filed and after September. He doesn't do well during the holiday season and in late summer. So he takes his vacation during that late summer by riding his motorcycle across the country. He is through talking, so he returns to his work."You just take color like a sponge," he purrs to "Angel" as he begins to put the finishing touches on her left ankle. He in enthralled now, and the only sounds in the shop are the buzzing of the needle accompanied by Led Zeppelin, as Maynard creates another piece of art that he hopes will allow him to get a good night's sleep.

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