Being Versatile

I know a lot of tattoo artists specialize in one particular style and don’t do anything else. As much as I would love to just do realism all the time and nothing else, I feel I can’t just turn away clients if I am capable of doing the work. Yesterday’s client wanted this particular style of rose with hard outlines, and though I don’t normally work in that style, I was able to make her happy and give her what she wanted. Plus she drove 4 hours from Elko just to have me tattoo her.

I made some progress on the family crest Tattoo. We only went 3 hours this session, still more to do. I had done all the ribbons in black and gray because that’s what he originally wanted based on pictures he sent me, but now he may be wanting to color them. For the last 15 minutes of the Tattoo he talked about Pizza Barn – a local restaurant that’s been in our town for a gazillion years and has the best pizza ever. So after our session I had to go get pizza.


I’ve got some new coverup and regular designs in progress. One is going to be a full sleeve starting with a coverup of an old tiger tattoo.

This next one took 5 design attempts before she was happy with the design.

And I’m working on a tree that the client keeps changing and adding and subtracting things. It’s a waste of time to add a ton of details in a drawing if the overall design has not been approved. I’ve made that mistake many times. She seems to like this design so I now have to detail it. I don’t always have to detail my drawings – it’s more for the client’s peace of mind. They need to see what they’re going to be wearing for the rest of their lives.

I did more work on my oil painting. I’m going to let it dry for a few days and decide if I want to keep working on it or just call it done.

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