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Keeping the bills Paid

This is a 9” portrait I did of my client’s grandmother from a photo that was taken when she was 18 years old. I’m really happy with this portrait, and I was also happy that I did the entire tattoo in 3 hours and 45 minutes. A woman came to me with a pretty bizarre…

Tattoos and Sleep

The time just goes, doesn’t it? I didn’t realize it had been over two months since my last post. I haven’t been feeling so great for quite some time. My sleep patterns have become erratic. I have changed my eating habits and take my dog for walks every evening, and I want to say I…

Cave Dwelling

With the COVID-19 delta variant sweeping through the world, a massive heatwave outside, and smoke hanging in the air from all the wildfires, I’ve just been hanging out at home with blankets over all the windows when I’m not tattooing. I did venture into town to pick up a couple of my oil paintings that…

Music and Tattoos

I bought a new guitar a couple weeks ago, and it arrived today. It’s beautiful and amazing. The last time I bought a guitar was 15 years ago – my Prestige RG1570 which I still play all the time. Now I have a J.Custom RG8570Z. It’s so pretty that I haven’t even taken it out…

A Creative Life

I think it was the comedian Jimmy Yang’s father who once said, “Everyone does what they hate for money and use the money to do what they love.” I don’t hate my job. Quite the contrary – I have a great job. However when I am not tattooing a client, I am usually not interested…

Vacation

I went to North Carolina to visit my son. He moved there 4 months ago and I can see why he would rather be there instead of Nevada. His friend Zach and his family think he’s great. They live less than a mile from the ocean. It’s green everywhere you look. And the vibe feels…

Paint, teach, tattoo, record

I made some time to get in a quick oil painting. My son moved to North Carolina in January, and one night while browsing for something to watch on TV, I saw a show that was set in North Carolina. And that’s the only reason I decided to watch it. The show was called ‘Wicked…

Covering Up

Coverups are tricky. Coverups can be tough. I don’t like to do coverups. They’re always risky, especially when someone wants an entire arm full of old tattoos covered up. I’m getting to a point in my tattoo career where I might choose to not do coverups anymore. However I will say that this Hawaiian-themed Pele…

Back at it

TattApp is back in the App Store. I had to do some major revisions to improve performance which unfortunately killed a few old features. I looked into hiring a dedicated developer but it is not feasible at this time. I found a little time to start a new oil painting but have been unable to…

TattApp on hiatus

My digital tattoo simulation app for iPad Pro has been doing well in sales over the past year, but today I had to make the decision to pull it from the App Store. The new iPad update has caused TattApp to become unbearably slow and laggy. I don’t have the means to address this problem…