29th + 30th may

Posted: 31/05/2012 in Uncategorized

I’m now working up at tribe 1 every other tuesday, so today was my first tuesday in the southside for quite a while. This will free up a workspace for Nik to work in Tribe 3 a bit more, where he can work with Alex keeping an eye on him.
It’s all a bit complicated, specially for me, but I’m sure we will all get used to it soon enough.
I wake up every morning and my first thought is ‘what day is it’ then ‘where am i working today’

Kevin and jason were both in to get more work done to their respective dragons

and i also had Chris in for a continuation of his black and grey piece, we added a portcullis today, but you’ll have to wait until next time to see it, as the pictures as they didn’t turn out. Big reflective shine all down them, boo.

In glasgow the next day i had Robert in. This is going to be a very different kind of piece for me, and it’s a bit of a fixer upper.
I should show you the pictures of his arm before we started talking about fixing it, another artist had done a pretty shoddy job on what was meant to be a japanese themed extension of a tribal piece.
You’ll see what I mean


First up Roz lasered a lot of the darker pieces to lighten them up, so that we could go over it all with a new design.
the idea here isn’t really to completely obliterate the old pieces, we decided that with the lasering that had been done, the old tattoo would really just form a sort of background texture for us to work around, and over. We will end up with a new, fairly abstract piece that doesn’t belie the struggle and path it took to get there, but tells a story. The story of the tattoo and the skin it’s on, and the whole process from old to new.
I do this kind of thing with pencil or charcoal on paper, where the partial erasing and redrawing is an integral part of the process and the finished piece.
Here’s an example of this from my sketchbook

of course doing this kind of thing on skin is pretty different, but I’m enjoying the similarities where they exist  😀

here is the first step of Robert’s new piece, we took shapes and directions from the old piece and carried them on, adding more pleasing and structurally sound design elements and texture.

also in was davie, we’re still working on his Samurai sleeve

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