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Hector and the Wrench

I’ve been slowly working on a 3/4 sleeve full of tools.  Yesterday we added some feeler gauges, a crescent wrench, and some vise grips. I saw a noticeable improvement in my technique after spending the weekend practicing with my new digital brushes. I’ve been tossing around the idea of selling tee shirts for the shop,…

Skulls

My back hurts today. I had two 3.5-hour tattoo sessions back-to-back. My first client had gotten a bunch of work from me a few years ago. We went to a Mastodon concert together up in Reno during that time, had a lot of fun. I liked his skull and house design that he found. I…

Another reptile and coverup design

One of those tribal arm bands from the early 2000s came through the door in need of transformation. He wanted a lighthouse and a cardinal implemented in memory of his grandparents, and possibly a ship for his Navy service.  My first thought was to use the rolling flow of the tribal as crashing waves.  The…

Tattoo Brushes for Procreate

I’ve been using my iPad and Apple Pencil for over a year to draw and design artwork. I, like a gazillion other artists, am using the Procreate app. One really cool feature of Procreate is that you can make custom brushes to draw and paint with. Today after my morning tattoo session, I decided to…

Big ole coverup

I’ve made a lot more progress on designing a coverup for client’s half sleeve. The original artist left a lot of open space which has really been beneficial to me, and so far client is liking what I’ve come up with. I have to tackle the inside of the arm next. I’ve done a few…

Sleeve and boat

I’m nearing the end of a full sleeve. I think I can finish it in the next session. This will be the quickest full sleeve I’ve ever done. Today was her 5th session, and she has been coming every 2 weeks. I spent 3 full hours with no breaks just on the inside of her…

Day Off, Draw!

I try to give myself at least one day off from tattoos each week, and I usually spend that day off drawing designs because I am always behind.  Today I worked on a few in the morning, then in the afternoon I worked on another that involved a few photo shoots. The client stopped by…

Biomech and stuff

I got some new designs started. I had an old friend install a lift kit on my Jeep last month, and now I owe him some tattoo work. He at first wanted his Dodge Challenger coming out of the skin. After I drew it he asked for some bio mechanical type stuff with skulls. I…

Consult and Session

I had a consult appointment with a client who I tattooed about 3 years ago. She’s from Texas and wanting a rattlesnake on her leg. We discussed the art style and layout details, then I added her name to my “draw” list, which I can never stay caught up on. For my afternoon tattoo session…

Designs and reptiles

Today’s session was 3 and a half hours. Normally he goes longer but I was using small needles which really beat up the skin and slow down progress. It’s coming along, just very slowly. I started out with a small palette of colors which I mix together as needed while working. I put out a…