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Fellow Artists and Stuff

I had a friend from college contact me on Facebook a couple months ago.  I hadn’t seen him in 24 years.  I haven’t had any contact with anyone from college, so it really got the wheels in my head spinning.  I was in the character animation program at CALARTS with another friend who I learned…

Dancer and a Wolf Hat

I devoted some time over the past couple days to working on a new oil painting. I had the 4th of July off and needed something to do other than Tattoo-related stuff. 4 years ago I had seen a post on a friend’s Facebook showing his son dancing at a pow wow. I asked him…

Dramatic lighting

It had been a month-and-a-half since I updated my business paperwork stuff. I keep spreadsheets in the cloud with all my business expenditures. I have a few simple formulas that calculate my totals and how much use tax I owe. Keeping track of all the business dealings is super important come tax time. After the…

Style and the Client

The new thermal stencil printer arrived, and I got a new power supply. My first use of the stencil printer did not go so well. The stencil printed fine, but it didn’t go onto the skin very good. I was trying out the new red stencil paper along with the transfer gel that came with…

The Warrior

Today was the day to ink the woman fighting off a lion attacking her horse.  I posted previously the story behind it and some of my sketches.  About ten minutes before my client arrived I had a sudden urge to make some changes.  The placement had changed from a thigh to a forearm, so I…

Coverups and Rubber Muscles

It has been a week of coverups. I don’t have the before picture of the first one, but it’s interesting to see how faded the first pink rose is. We did that one probably a year ago, and I recall the client not enjoying the experience at all. I mention that because I used to…

Crest and Xion

I started a crest Tattoo the other evening on a guy whose family can claim lineage to William Wallace, the freedom-fighter made famous by the Mel Gibson movie “Braveheart”. The Tattoo is going to have a lot of color in it, but for this first session I wanted to get the values in place. It…

Hats arrived

Today’s Tattoo was a 3pm appointment – the Marilyn Monroe. I was able to complete it in 2 hours 10 minutes. It was about 7 inches tall on an outer thigh. I always want to spend more time with pieces like this, but they get sore fast and I never want to push the pain…

Day Off!

After an early-morning grocery store visit, I decided to strap the kayak to the Jeep, purchase a fishing license, and head to the reservoir 20 minutes away for some relaxing kayaking and fishing. I got to the middle of the lake, trailing my lure behind me, and I spotted a giant tree. I paddled over…

Practice, Flare, and the Dummies

Lloyd and Harry got put on an inner thigh today, riding their scooter next to the big Jim Carey portrait I did a few years ago. I should have grabbed a picture of the Harry portrait on the other side, but after 3.5 hours, my client and I were anxious to part ways. We decided…