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Beginning a Sleeve

Beginning a Sleeve

Day one of a new full arm sleeve involved three-and-a-half hours covering the shoulder with a hawk carrying a compass. I used the Empire white-wash inks and worked as diligently as I could, but still felt there was more to be done in the hawk. I may feel differently at the next session, but if…

Shirts, Lines, and an App

Shirts, Lines, and an App

Today’s tattoo was tough. It was all straight lines. And to add to my troubles, the liner needles were struggling to drop ink. The goal was to get the initial pass in so no stencil would be needed for next session. Therefore I did not spend time cleaning up lines as I went because I…

Break from Reptiles

Break from Reptiles

The reptile piece has reached a point where the client will be taking a break. 17 hours in and I’ve only gotten part of his upper arm covered. This is by far the most time-consuming piece I’ve ever worked on. We wrapped up after only 2 hours today – the shortest session we’ve ever had….

Inspections and Dracula

Inspections and Dracula

I was working on round two of a big dragon side piece today and I had to stop after 2.5 hours to get ready for the health inspector. My client was doing really well but I think she was happy to be done for the day. We’ll finish it up in a few weeks. I…

Hector and the Wrench

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,…

Another reptile and coverup design

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

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…

Sleeve and boat

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…

Biomech and stuff

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…