Tattoos

No Blog Time

No Blog Time

Last year a guy I went to high school with walked into a church and shot Bert Miller dead. It was a horrific tragedy for our small town. Bert was a volunteer firefighter, husband, father, grandfather, and a devout man of God. The guy who shot Bert has never been deemed competent to stand trial,…

Loss

Loss

I was asked to draw a little boy who drowned recently as a gift for the family. I used charcoal pencils on Bristol board and finished it in 7 hours. The grandparents of the boy have since asked me to draw them one. I did a flying pig in remembrance of the client’s brother who…

First Timers

First Timers

We had six hours planned for this young lady’s first tattoo session, and she was determined to sit until the end. But after four hours she decided she was done. I grew up with her dad, and they traveled from the town of Tonopah four hours away so she could get her first tattoo from…

5 Days

5 Days

My Navy Officer client from Guam made it five days in a row. The octopus on her hip was the most painful. I wasn’t able to get all the tentacles in before she had to leave for the airport, but when she returns I’ll add them along with a coral and ocean background to fill…

Years of Work

Years of Work

I’m guessing we’re two sessions away from finishing the horror movie leg tattoo. My technique changed a lot since we started it 7 years ago, but I think all the parts go together well. I added another lily to the large rib and hip piece. There will be one more lily and then some swirly…

Tats and Drawings

Tats and Drawings

I drew this recently just to practice using high contrast and work on my design skills. I found an old photo online that I used as reference of a woman who I think was Cindy Crawford. I did an elk tattoo for a wilderness-themed forearm sleeve. Adding more next session. I spent 4-5 days drawing…

Covers and Designs

Covers and Designs

I started another classic horror movie piece beginning with Hannibal Lecter from the movie Silence of the Lambs. She already had the moth from the poster tattooed on her forearm so we put Hannibal right next to it. I’m also going to add Jason Voorhees, Mike Myers, and Ghostface Killer. This one took about two…

TattApp and Eternal

TattApp and Eternal

I finished with a client this morning and saw a call coming in from Detroit, Michigan. Now normally I don’t answer my cell phone, but I know what resides in Detroit: Eternal Tattoo Supply, the makers of my favorite tattoo inks. So I answered my phone. For the past few days I’ve been working on…

Finishing and Covers

Finishing and Covers

Got so busy I didn’t post a blog last week. I finished up a lot of in-progress tattoos lately. Now technically this floral piece isn’t finished – I still want to add some more leaves around it to frame it better, but we’ll get those in a touch up session before she moves to South…

Feathers and Scams

Feathers and Scams

A client wanted an eagle and a clock added to a flag tattoo he already had on his leg. He and his wife have a dog who is the sister of my dog. I spent just over two hours on this black and gray piece. His wife is also a client, and she originally didn’t…