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Another Iron in the Fire

I’ve been asked to teach a drawing class at our local art center. Since I am a figure drawer and I doubt I can secure a live model for the classes, I have invested in a mannequin for us to draw. Not as good but quite suitable for beginning drawing. I’ve been trying to get…

Keeping the bills Paid

This is a 9” portrait I did of my client’s grandmother from a photo that was taken when she was 18 years old. I’m really happy with this portrait, and I was also happy that I did the entire tattoo in 3 hours and 45 minutes. A woman came to me with a pretty bizarre…

Tattoos and Sleep

The time just goes, doesn’t it? I didn’t realize it had been over two months since my last post. I haven’t been feeling so great for quite some time. My sleep patterns have become erratic. I have changed my eating habits and take my dog for walks every evening, and I want to say I…

Cave Dwelling

With the COVID-19 delta variant sweeping through the world, a massive heatwave outside, and smoke hanging in the air from all the wildfires, I’ve just been hanging out at home with blankets over all the windows when I’m not tattooing. I did venture into town to pick up a couple of my oil paintings that…

Music and Tattoos

I bought a new guitar a couple weeks ago, and it arrived today. It’s beautiful and amazing. The last time I bought a guitar was 15 years ago – my Prestige RG1570 which I still play all the time. Now I have a J.Custom RG8570Z. It’s so pretty that I haven’t even taken it out…

A Creative Life

I think it was the comedian Jimmy Yang’s father who once said, “Everyone does what they hate for money and use the money to do what they love.” I don’t hate my job. Quite the contrary – I have a great job. However when I am not tattooing a client, I am usually not interested…

Vacation

I went to North Carolina to visit my son. He moved there 4 months ago and I can see why he would rather be there instead of Nevada. His friend Zach and his family think he’s great. They live less than a mile from the ocean. It’s green everywhere you look. And the vibe feels…

Paint, teach, tattoo, record

I made some time to get in a quick oil painting. My son moved to North Carolina in January, and one night while browsing for something to watch on TV, I saw a show that was set in North Carolina. And that’s the only reason I decided to watch it. The show was called ‘Wicked…

Covering Up

Coverups are tricky. Coverups can be tough. I don’t like to do coverups. They’re always risky, especially when someone wants an entire arm full of old tattoos covered up. I’m getting to a point in my tattoo career where I might choose to not do coverups anymore. However I will say that this Hawaiian-themed Pele…

Back at it

TattApp is back in the App Store. I had to do some major revisions to improve performance which unfortunately killed a few old features. I looked into hiring a dedicated developer but it is not feasible at this time. I found a little time to start a new oil painting but have been unable to…