Tattoos

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,…

Skulls

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

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…

Big ole coverup

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…

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…

Consult and Session

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

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…

Flowers and touchups

Flowers and touchups

I try to be capable of many different styles, although I have mentioned before that I am more painterly and not so much into linework-heavy tattoos. However Friday’s client was very specific in wanting a line style floral piece. While designing it she provided me with quite a few reference pics and requested a lot…

Starting a Frazetta

Starting a Frazetta

Today I had a session with a client I met almost 20 years ago. He lives in Elko which is 4-hours away so I wanted to get as much work done today as I could. I’ve been looking forward to working on his upper arm piece because it’s an iconic painting from my childhood featuring…