Who you know!
Matt Hodel and Chris Boyle discuss in this podcast how who you know can help give you clout. Having a bit of clout does not hurt your worth.
Name dropping is not the answer, but getting your art in the right hand so other people name drop you is key.
Also there is a really long tangent about tattooing people that is worth an extra 8 minutes of your time.Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact – YouTube – Stitcher