It’s no secret that in the world of tattoo, rivalries are going to occur. Not everyone gets along all the time, people have back history with one another, we get it, it happens. In fact, it’s fair to say that most businesses have rivalries that have gone on for decades: Coke and Pepsi, McDonalds and Burger King, etc, etc, you get the idea. Typically, these sorts of rivalries stay pretty mild and tame. No one gets hurt, and the worst thing that happens is that maybe one business loses a little business to the other rival. Nothing’s ever life or death.
I guess then, that Mark Kempster or “Mark the Snake” as he’s known to people who think he’s like a snake, or something, didn’t get the message about just being kind of chill toward your rivals. Kempster, who owns the Preston, England tattoo studio Snakes Skin Studio was caught on camera threatening a rival tattooist. I don’t mean threatening like I’ll-take-all-your-customers-and-bankrupt-you-if-you-open-your-tattoo-studio-near-mine kind of stuff, it’s more like I will physically kill you if you don’t leave here and open your tattoo studio outside of a 5-mile radius of this town. That’s a bit more severe. Of course, I’m only paraphrasing here, so if you really want to know for yourself what The Snake said to a rival tattooist who was planning on opening his business next door, you can read about it and check out the footage here.
I guess some people just never learned to play nice.