Anyone who works in a shop knows the importance of having quality furniture, be it chairs (both artist and client), tables, light boxes, etc, the arm rest is just as important more so especially if you work in a busy street shop where you constantly have to get it set up multiple times in a day.
When I first heard of and seen Rest Stuff I was attending the Mesa expo in Arizona, I was about to be tattooed by Big Gus (of Art Junkies/DI Family) and Gus grabs, what was obviously an arm rest but about half the size, I asked him who made it and he told me its one of the new products Mario (Rosenau) and Mike (Devries) are making, I picked it up, it was very light weight and it seemed sturdy enough, even though by the size of it i was trying to treat it as delicately as possible. So after my tattoo I went up to Mario and inquired about the arm rest. after talking to him about a week later I ordered one, got it shortly after and when I opened it I was very impressed with how small it was broken down to, as well it should this rest was made for travel, it came in two pieces the stand and the pad. The pad is about 1/3 the size of an average pad yet is felt very sturdy, and came with a locking ball joint for multi angle pivoting. the stand is an adjustable tripod with a telescoping shaft, for very tall clients which honestly you wont need to extend it to it’s maximum otherwise you may be standing up when your tattooing. It was very light weight, since it is painted black i would like to say if feels almost a light as PVC however it feels way sturdier than that.
I tested it out at my shop since, like a kid I needed to use my new toy and I wasn’t attending a convention for another month, it held up beautifully the ball joint stayed locked at every angle i used it in (which i noticed is usually the first thing to go on these style of rests) UNTIL……
…. now you really have to make sure you tell your clients (ALL YOUR CLIENTS!) not to put their full weight on it because it wasn’t meant to adjust their seating, especially the 260lb weight lifter who damn near does a dip on it because he’s tired of slouching in the chair and is adjusting himself upright and after he leans into it putting all his weight into that ball joint and telescoping shaft, every time used after that it would slowly shorten its height (on the telescoping part) dependent on how much the client is leaning onto it, so agin you have to make sure you let them know not to put the peoples elbow (WWE reference) into it if your using this in a shop environment thats limited on space.
pros: very light weight, easily adjustable, very compact great for on the road.
cons: as stated above wasn’t meant for heavy usage and meant for full weight bearing.
I give it a 9/10 because it does exactly what its designed for and even though said weight lifter defiled mine I still take it on the road and it still gets the job done.
P.S. while talking to Mario at Mesa he did inform me that he did get a request from Guy Aitchison to come up with a sturdier “shop” arm rest, so keep an eye out that may be in the works.