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Staying Viable

I spent most of my day drawing up this cracked face design, which is based loosely on an existing tattoo that a client sent me as an idea for his sleeve. I’ve been drawing a lot lately, spending more time studying anatomy and faces, always trying to improve. 32 years ago was the last time…

Design Time

I have a client who got a full sleeve from me earlier this year, and he’s ready to start another one. He gives me ideas and then just lets me draw whatever I want. One of the worst things going into a tattoo with a client is not having the artwork prepared and approved. So…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…