It's been 10 great years tattooing in Tucson. Looking forward to the next 10. Susan and I will be using this blog to stay better connected to all of the good friends and wonderful customers we have found along the way.
Earlier in the month I shared pictures of a large tattoo that I'm doing for a client named Lemar. He was back for another sitting yesterday. The first pictures are before I started tattooing so they aren't fresh and red. This tattoo has several more sittings to go. Eventually it will be in full color.
What are monochromatic tattoos? Mono = 1. Chromatic refers to color. So monochromatic tattoos are tattoos done with one color. Most generally you see these done in black. But black is not the only option. Recently I did this arm piece all in red. I like how it turned out and so does Karina.
Another fun and challenging type of tattoo to do is Celtic work. Celtic tattooing takes a lot of patience and concentration. When a tattoo artist concentrates his skills the resulting tattoo is terrific. Here is an example of some Celtic work I had the pleasure of doing recently.
One of my favorite subjects to tattoo are portraits. I've been meaning to share this picture for awhile and lost it on my computer. Dang file protocols can be confusing. Jim has had a few tattoos from me and his back showcases his family. Having a portrait tattoo done to memorialize your family and friends is probably the ultimate tattoo.
I love working on large project Tattoos. I love being allowed the freedom to design and draw them. I know this is when I do my best work. Thanks to all of you that have given me that artistic freedom. Here are some pictures of one currently in progress.This was a preliminary drawing. First I drew this on Lemar free- hand. Took some photos and tracings and then went home to work out the dragon's head on paper for a few days.
I believe this was taken by Susie during the 2nd tattoo session. You can see the head is taking shape and I'm beginning to add details. The dragon body is also winding up and then down Lemar's arm. Lemar's arm is starting to take shape.
I've actually had two more sittings on this tattoo and Susie's had the camera with her at home both times. I will make sure I get pictures at the next session so you can see how far it has come.
I started drawing at an age much too young to remember. Not long after, I discovered paint. I knew from that moment what I wanted to do with with my life.Twenty or more years after that while working on an art degree at Rose State University I picked up a tattoo machine for the first time. A few twists and turns of life later and I found myself as apprentice to Don Eaker , a true icon of American tattooing. He was president of National Tattoo Club at the time and I had no idea what a unique opportunity I had just been handed.
It has been a long road of thirty two years in the tattoo world. Tattooing has been very good to me.I have raised five kids along the way and continued in school.
I hope by limiting my tattooing to 'by appointment only' and to one tattoo session a day I can provide my customers with the best work of my career and a quiet and uninterrupted session.