Come get a tattoo!!
Here's the practice skin of the Cory Lenherr dagger that I chose to try out... for some odd reason, I picked the most difficult one. Perhaps it's in my nature. I really like the first picture, since I can actually see the lines I'm putting in. For some reason, the stencil over powers the black ink, at later stages in the tattoo. It might be because of all the washing. I also really dislike how the colors bleed like crazy. I guess it's all part of the art and maybe an indication that I need to wipe more carefully. Either way, I can't wait to get some different practice skin to work with. I hope it doesn't do the same stuff. Or even better... I hope to get some real skin to work on!
Come get a tattoo!!
Things are starting to ramp up and I finally got on some more skin! It's been a pretty productive weekend and it's not even over, thanks to our nation's commanders in chief. commander in chiefs. whatever. here's a quick rundown (photos below, for an even quicker one)...
Friday: After the longest week in work in recent history, I was pleased to have some good vibes in the shop and get to do some script on Justin's wrist. I got to put on some shop-rare head-bobbing hip-hop, since my boss isn't much of a fan. that's a lot of hyphens. After that, my boss did a nice little cover-up, which I had the pleasure of sitting in on. Hip-hop was changed to a Fleetwood Mac Pandora station.
Saturday: I decided I would draw directly onto the practice skin, so as not to have that annoying stencil outline. I think the tiger turned out pretty legit, for not having ! Some of the ink still bleeds and soaks on the skin, but you can see what's really in there. And proof that practice pays off... I was working on the tiger when a walk-in was inquiring about a shamrock. I guess he saw my work and was okay with "the apprentice" doing his tattoo! I think it turned out clean and was super proud of it. The picture doesn't really do it justice. It was almost sticker-like.
Sunday: Worked a full day at the shop and finished all four Cory Lenherr daggers and a sheet of barbed wire... not pictured and hopefully not tattooed. Ugh.. barbed wire. It did bring about a story of my boss' favorite barbed wire he ever tattooed on a dude whose girlfriend's nickname was "Barbed Wire." As a reward for getting thru the barbed wire flash, my boss selected some nice americana daggers. I think they turned out pretty clean and I'm looking forward to putting one of them on a practice skin tomorrow. As a nice little night cap, I took an ol' pal from The Bay to Dick's and a popular view of Seattle... once again, the picture doesn't do it justice.
Thanks for looking!
This piece measures 8" x 12". I used 13 colors, if you include black and a gray wash. It took a me total of about 8 and 1/2 hours to complete, over 5 sessions (based on available practice time aside from my apprenticeship duties). I also shaded the black, gray, greens, and browns using a 5 mag (like a true student). I could have probably shaved at least another half hour if I used a 7 the whole way thru. That's what it's all about... living and learning! I enjoyed this one from start to finish, 5mag and all.
I also got a little practice script in tonite, before finishing up the red, orange, pink, yellow, and light brown on the Jonesy piece. I drew up the "Faith" line work and put it on a fitting practice skin I'd done before. Hopefully I get to put this script on a wrist on Friday...
Due to a few unforeseen circumstances, I wasn't able to finish this practice skin within my self appointed timeline. No worries, tho… got it done today. And it turns out that I just so happened to have my camera at almost the same stages that I took pictures of the drawing. Check 'em out!
1) black and gray shading
2) black and gray and green shading
3) full color
The cheap practice skin I'm using doesn't let the stencil erase very well, so her right eye looks a bit glassed. It looks a bit better if you separate the two halves...
This is the first part of a 10 part series following this dude from Italy getting tattooed by some great East Coast tattooers. I've watched all the episodes multiple times and have had the pleasure of getting tattooed by two of the artists myself (so far), Steve Boltz (ep06) and Chad Koeplinger (ep09). Enjoy!