This is one of those human stories that I just love. This client wanted to commemorate his uncle with an image of a catfish. Why a catfish? Because when Uncle Floyd took him on a fishing trip, the first fish he caught was a catfish. Brings a tear to my eye
This was created with a 7 tight liner, #10 17 bugpin magnum, #08 15 bugpin magnum and intenze inks watered down with a mixture of distilled water and a splash of witch hazel.
If you get the heebie jeebies from looking at pictures of spiders, turn away now please. Otherwise, here is my first attempt at what the world loves to call “3D tattoos”. When the client asked for a realistic Black Widow Spider my skin crawled a little. I laughed and asked if he was serious, then away we went. I’m familiar with doing anything 3D, realistic or whatever because of my painter/ illustrator/ designer background. So this was a new but comfortable direction for me. The actual name for this technique is called Trompe-l’œil which is derived from french meaning “deceive the eye”. But for simpler terms, 3D will suffice. I did this using a painterly technique using no lines, just shapes. I like the results.
This was created using a #08 11 bugpin curved magnum and silverback graywash and intenze inks.
Kevin Hart is a hilarious lil S.O.B. In one of his skits, he was quoting his uncle who was in prison for a while. During his stint, he picked up some phrases that he repeated to Kevin when he was released. One of those phrase was “SAY IT WITH YOUR CHEST!!!!”, as he pounds his chest with his fist and growls the phrase. When I heard this part of the skit, I peed my pants from laughing so hard. During the creation of this piece, that skit was all I heard in my head. Funny thoughts. But this phrase is as true as it gets, No pain, No progress.
This was created with 7 tight liner, 3 bugpin supertight liner, 15 bugpin curved magnum and intenze zuper black ink.
Tip: When you’re working on certain parts the torso (like chest, stomach, ribs, etc.), it’s definitely best to lay your client down and work on them. Not only does it alleviate some pain and comfort them, but it allows you to have a steadier hand and to work in more comfort.
This client is eccentric, and I’m grateful for that. She is definitely very comfortable in her own skin and isn’t afraid to strut her stuff. When she told me this idea and sent me the references to go off for this, I had the proverbial question marks floating around my head. I wasn’t sure how to approach this. Nonetheless, in classic me fashion, I dove head first into this design and made it work. This was definitely fun to do.
I created this using a 9 super tight liner, 3 super tight liner, two 9 curved magnums (loaded onto 2 machines), intenze, starbrite and eternal inks. Technical lil piece.
This client walks in and shows me a tattoo on her chest. I look and ask what would you like me to cover that with? She replies “No tribal, something pretty.” I explain it’s gonna be a bit bigger and a hell of a lot more colorful. I suggested a rose and away we go! This is a lesson to all people who want a name that isn’t a family member or their children’s put permanently on their body… You will one day want to remove or cover it! Think!!!! Nonetheless, thanks for the challenge on this one.
I created this using a 5 super tight liner, 9 curved magnum, intenze and eternal inks.