In this article, “Drawn to a Larger Scale”, the story of a popular tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, is shared with the world. The author Alex Williams expresses the authenticity of the story, speaking on behalf of Campbell growing up as a rebellious child. As negatively as tattoos were perceived through his own family’s eyes while he was growing up, he still decided to go against the indirect threat of his mother stating, “you could murder, and I’d still be proud to call you my son. But if you get a tattoo, I’ll shoot you myself”(cite). In this quote, we see how strongly his family felt about tattoos, almost as if it is a symbol of disrespect or rebellion. Williams uses a great amount of background detail to help explain how authentic his story really is, and by doing do, he helps to create a profile that allows readers to understand what really pushed him to becoming the great artist he is today. It is these same events that helped to become so successful.
The author describes Campbell as a laid back, well respected and well connected man whose outstanding personality and obvious smarts helped pave his way into his successful group of friends. His tattooing skills qualify as art, in many perspectives because he strives to create friendships because, “tattooing is a very intimate exchange”(cite). He uses his skill of tattooing to form bonds with his clients. Williams amount of background information on Campbell helps to create the picture that not every celebrity is born into success.