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Music and Tattoos

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

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

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

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

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

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…

TattApp on hiatus

TattApp on hiatus

My digital tattoo simulation app for iPad Pro has been doing well in sales over the past year, but today I had to make the decision to pull it from the App Store. The new iPad update has caused TattApp to become unbearably slow and laggy. I don’t have the means to address this problem…

New Adventures

New Adventures

The owners of the Master Tattoo Institute in Miami Beach, Florida found some of my YouTube videos where I was giving some tattoo instruction. They reached out to me and told me a little about their school which has been around since 2012. I hopped on a plane a few days later and went to…

And some more…

And some more…

Hopefully one more session and the Johnny Cash half-sleeve will be complete. The couple from Elko returned for my work on their sleeves. My Hawaiian client who makes all the cool crafts got a new Maori symbol on his leg. He wanted it with this cool gemstone texture.

Back to Work

Back to Work

I was able to open the shop back up in June, so I have a lot of tattoo photos to share. Here we go! Clint Eastwood got added to the lower leg sleeve with Squints and Beetlejuice. The underwater leg sleeve got a new fish. I finished the banshee from the Olivia painting. The Nevada…