Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here's a pic of my girlfriend doing a small tattoo on my wrist that she designed, it of a fish with a trident and a cats head. She named it 'Charger, the death collector' also she said her tattoo name is 'Booger Joey??????
Also a pic of Rudins ribs. Rudin has a lot of nice tattoos by very good tattooers, I like Rudin a lot, he gave me a couple of sweet t-shirts that he made, he has recently started tattooing and his tattoos are already looking good and he has a loud voice. I'm hoping to finish his ribs in the next two sessions.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I made this hannya with blossoms for my brothers old apprentice, Jake, both he and I learnt under my brother, Dick, and we are both called Jake. I find that odd. Jake is currently traveling and working, I believe, in New York. Jake's a top guy and I had lots of fun doing this piece. I didn't want to mess around too much with this tattoo and kept it as simple as possible.
Jake played tennis for years and has what he referred to as 'drop shoulder'. I don't know if you can see by the photo but his right nipple is almost an inch lower than his left which made lining the tattoo up a nightmare.
I often wonder why front torso tattoos have so much more impact than back tattoos when they are very similar in shape and size??? I don't know what it is but I really like them.
This is my buddy Dan Santoro and myself, I met Dan in New york whilst working at NYA. Dan is one of my favorite tattooers and people. Meeting Dan was the best thing that happened to me in NY and I miss him a lot. Like I said his tattoos and paintings are some of the best I've ever seen and I learnt a lot from him, in my opinion he is a genius artists who's work has a perfect blend of honesty, humour and mythical resonance. I could go on about this guy for ever but if you are reading this shit do yourself a favour and check his stuff out at teenageghosts.wordpress.com
oh yeah and dan likes to lick.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Stacey is one of my work mates, she does killer tattoos and loves Morrisey. I was very flattered when she asked me to do a portrait of him for her, she asked for the portrait to be 'traditionalish' I tried to do that. Not really sure how traditional it looks, but i used a bold line for most of it and put in a fair amount of black.
We did this tattoo in one session of about 3 hours and I remember when I finished it and she got up to look at it I got this knot of anxiety in my gut thinking 'oh shit, it's got too much colour, she's gonna hate it', ha ha. But she didn't.... or at least didn't say anything to me.
This is on Steve Cross, he's a good friend of mine, a killer tattooer and a real funny guy.
This tattoo is fairly old, I think I did it around 2004-05 I think?? But It hasn't been deleted from my folio yet, I'm often over a tattoo after 6 months, but I'm still happy with this, I kinda wish I got more opportunities to do
more stuff like this but I never get asked. Most of the patterns are based on Thai styled ornament.