I have developed a healthy obsession with tattoos that really challenge me and put me outside my normal style. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of tattoos that have no linework. Just shading or color blocking. I kinda like it. It produces a result that’s soft, a little realistic and in my opinion, feminine (depending on the design subject). This is my execution of that technique. I’mma do more.
This was created with a #08 15 bugpin curved magnum and intenze ink watered down with a mixture of distilled water and witch hazel.
Something about tigers. They’re ferocious, mysterious, big, deceptively gentle and all around cool. The client this went on, I have a feeling she may be like that. Very quiet but very tough. She survived 7 hours of this on her hip/butt area. 75% of people out there cannot do that. I know I definitely couldn’t. During the process I became more amazed at her endurance and determination to get this done in one sitting. I remember thinking “Where is this stamina coming from?” Kudos girl.
This was created with a 8 bugpin liner (fits into a 5 liner tip) 9 curved magnum, 13 curved magnum, and intenze, eternal and starbrite inks.
Sometimes clients approach me with old work that they want covered or enhanced. I can appreciate the challenge because it ain’t easy to do. This client received a butterfly sometime ago that she liked at the time. But as time progressed, she stopped liking it so much and thought it looked a little plain and boring. She said to me “It’s boring, use your imagination to make it look better…” Dammit! Can I get some direction! After some drawing, erasing, drawing, erasing and finally figuring it out, away we went. She sat like a brick even though the work was done in a notoriously difficult spot to get worked on.
This was enhanced with a 7 textured liner, 14 round shader and intenze and eternal inks