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Good Day Rough Day

I’ve been working on a camouflaged armor sleeve for a very long time now, usually 2-3 hours at a time. I hadn’t seen the client in many months (scheduling conflicts and my ever-expanding wait list) but he made it back in the other day and we trudged onward. The nice thing about this session was…

Fires and Dark Skin

I’m getting close to nailing down the design for the client whose sister passed away 5 months ago. Her tattoo appointment is in 2 days. There are a gazillion fires burning all around and the air is filled with smoke. Everyday my eyes water and burn, and I’m feeling tired through every tattoo. A few…

Painting Idea and Scuba Women

My visit to Jarbidge recently has got me thinking about an idea for a new oil painting. I started a sketch and reached out to my Facebook people for some reference materials. I’m supposed to meet a guy tomorrow to discuss early 20th century Nevada cowboy attire. Vacation put me behind on all sorts of…

Vacation in Jarbidge

Last week I did another session on the reptile sleeve… …then I packed up the Jeep and drove 6 hours to a remote mountain town near the Nevada/Idaho border. A client of mine had invited me to come see Jarbidge, Nevada. A couple months ago I crossed out the soonest 4 days on my calendar…

Prince Vlad and some Bands

Yesterday I worked on the ongoing horror movie leg sleeve for the guy who inadvertently got me into tattooing. We’ve moved up to his thigh which is going to have four stages of Gary Oldman’s character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I chose to start with young Prince Vlad. Just over 3 hours of work and…

Lotus and Skull

I worked some more on that coverup/sleeve design.  I’m using Hector’s skull as reference, still gotta add the clock hands. I may be spending too much time on the design, but it does look cool. I finished a lotus flower tattoo yesterday.  She brought in a set amount of cash – which put in an…

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…

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…