Design

Bad Stencil and Stuff

Bad Stencil and Stuff

Today’s half-sleeve session started with me being unable to make a stencil.  I had the linework printed and sized correctly, but feeding it through my old 3M Thermofax machine yielded no stencil. This can be a panic situation, and inside I was a bit perturbed, but I had some options and theories.  I do have…

Good Day Rough Day

Good Day Rough Day

I’ve been working on a camouflaged armor sleeve for a very long time now, usually 2-3 hours at a time. I hadn’t seen the client in many months (scheduling conflicts and my ever-expanding wait list) but he made it back in the other day and we trudged onward. The nice thing about this session was…

Fires and Dark Skin

Fires and Dark Skin

I’m getting close to nailing down the design for the client whose sister passed away 5 months ago. Her tattoo appointment is in 2 days. There are a gazillion fires burning all around and the air is filled with smoke. Everyday my eyes water and burn, and I’m feeling tired through every tattoo. A few…

Lotus and Skull

Lotus and Skull

I worked some more on that coverup/sleeve design.  I’m using Hector’s skull as reference, still gotta add the clock hands. I may be spending too much time on the design, but it does look cool. I finished a lotus flower tattoo yesterday.  She brought in a set amount of cash – which put in an…

Being Versatile

Being Versatile

I know a lot of tattoo artists specialize in one particular style and don’t do anything else. As much as I would love to just do realism all the time and nothing else, I feel I can’t just turn away clients if I am capable of doing the work. Yesterday’s client wanted this particular style…

Fellow Artists and Stuff

Fellow Artists and Stuff

I had a friend from college contact me on Facebook a couple months ago.  I hadn’t seen him in 24 years.  I haven’t had any contact with anyone from college, so it really got the wheels in my head spinning.  I was in the character animation program at CALARTS with another friend who I learned…

Dancer and a Wolf Hat

Dancer and a Wolf Hat

I devoted some time over the past couple days to working on a new oil painting. I had the 4th of July off and needed something to do other than Tattoo-related stuff. 4 years ago I had seen a post on a friend’s Facebook showing his son dancing at a pow wow. I asked him…

Dramatic lighting

Dramatic lighting

It had been a month-and-a-half since I updated my business paperwork stuff. I keep spreadsheets in the cloud with all my business expenditures. I have a few simple formulas that calculate my totals and how much use tax I owe. Keeping track of all the business dealings is super important come tax time. After the…

Style and the Client

Style and the Client

The new thermal stencil printer arrived, and I got a new power supply. My first use of the stencil printer did not go so well. The stencil printed fine, but it didn’t go onto the skin very good. I was trying out the new red stencil paper along with the transfer gel that came with…

Practice, Flare, and the Dummies

Practice, Flare, and the Dummies

Lloyd and Harry got put on an inner thigh today, riding their scooter next to the big Jim Carey portrait I did a few years ago. I should have grabbed a picture of the Harry portrait on the other side, but after 3.5 hours, my client and I were anxious to part ways. We decided…