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angriest ram close angriest ramI seriously get a kick out of the clients I have the opportunity to work with. I appreciate the constant challenges they bring to me. I do have to admit though… Some times when I send them the drawing to approve and they reply to me “Change this, that, make this more…” I get kinda frustrated because in my brain it’s perfect for them and that’s the way it should be. Then I work in the changes they asked for and I look at it and think “Yeah, they were right about that one.” It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does I listen to my gut and listen to them. This is one of those examples. I sent the client a drawing that was perfectly fine but I also sent an additional drawing for just-in-case purposes… He loved the back up and here’s the result. Angry Aries.

This was created with a 7 liner, #10 17 bugpin curved magnum and Eternal and Intenze inks.


I love return clients. Let’s me know I’m doing something right and gives me a chance to learn from the best learning tool, seeing what your healed work looks like. It’s amazing how the same technique used on one person yields totally different results on another person. Something may look strong and bold on one person, and look like faded newspaper on another person. Skin types teach ya a lot. This client first came to me about a year ago and had returned many times since. I’m grateful. This time she wanted flowers on her shoulder, but was unaware of what flowers and how they should be designed on her body. We had a few words with each other trying to figure this one out, but in the end we all giggled and loved the results. This was originally going to be a black and gray piece, but I decided to add color in. Something about this particular piece that screamed color. Glad I listened to that screaming something in my head.

This was created with a 7 liner, #09 15 bugpin curved magnum (normally I would only use the bugpins for black and gray work but I’ve learned how to use them for color work as well, I love the results), and starbrite and intenze inks. Starbrite really sits and heals well in darker skin tones.

This was a serious challenge to design. A koi fish with hydrangeas. A new take on the classic japanese tattoo. The human body is a plethora of changing and undulating planes that present very unique situations to tattoo upon. This was very apparent for this design. The client asked for the koi to swim from her back to front right chest via her shoulder area. I understood exactly what she was looking for, so I had to figure a way of successful execution. This ended up being a fairly easy area to work on because there wasn’t a huge amount of hand-tiring skin stretching. I really got into this, developed a rhythm, especially with the background. After the typical 3.5 hours of tattooing, the pain index on her went through the roof and we had to extend this to another session.  Those flowers you see are hydrangeas, and they will be colored in the next session.

This was created with a 5 super tight liner, 3 super tight liner, 15 bugpin curved magnum, and intenze zuper black ink.

Helpful tip: When diluting a black to make gray tones, I use a solution of 1 part witch hazel and 2 parts distilled water. Helps smooth out the tones. Don’t use tap water, that’s just too prison-ish lol!

So here comes a returning client who is looking for a Lotus flower on his shoulder… I’ve always known the lotus to be one of the more poisonous flowering plants, but it’s beauty has captured the imagination of people for centuries. It is a symbol of all types of things; rebirth, purity, spirituality, unification… and the list goes on. In this lotus flower, the asian characters for Strength, Family, and (I forget the other symbol’s meaning), are present. I always wanted to do a lotus flower 🙂