Archive for February, 2013

22nd + 23rd february

Posted: 25/02/2013 in Uncategorized

this blog is a phoenix-athon! occasionally things happen in strange clusters, and this was a cluster of phoenixes. A casual viewer of this post could believe that all I do is phoenixes, but in fact i don’t really do that many. I love them, though, so if you are on here looking for inspiration for your next sleeve or leg or backpiece, may I suggest a phoenix? The year of the dragon is over, I think we can ignore the fact that it is now the year of the snake (officially) and between ourselves declare it the year of the phoenix  😀

I finished of Kevin’s phoenix



Kevin himself

and I started a new phoenix on dave. He wants a full sleeve in colour, and today we got the lines mostly done, some feathers still to finish lining. I really enjoy drawing these straight onto the skin, you can bend the tail feathers and wings anyway you please, make the wind blow around the joints and muscles of the arm, really animating the bird.

Another phoenix started in Glasgow the next day, Kenny wanted a half sleeve and didn’t mind if I went onto his shoulder, so I did  😀 . lots of fun bending the wings and tail feathers again, and trying to make this bird look different from the others. This one will be full colour again.



I also started a cover up. This was booked 6 months ago, with the understanding that he was to get some laser sessions done in the meantime to lighten it up. For some reason he only managed to get two laser sessions, I was expecting at least 4, and the old tattoo wasn’t faded enough yet. I drew on the new piece and lined it, but Donald will have to go back to get more lasering done before i will do the shading. In the meantime he will have to live with the two tattoos together.
It’s not the end of the world of course, but it’s not ideal, either. I think i will have to change my strategy and not book any tattoo time until I’ve seen the old piece a few laser sessions in, to gauge how it is progressing and what end result we can expect.

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19th + 20th february

Posted: 21/02/2013 in Uncategorized

Martyn’s dragon is finished! Now, if I’d just remembered to get a snap of him wearing it…
his dragon is worked around an existing piece on his chest, by another artist


Robert got a tattoo off me a few years ago, it was of a tigress with her cute cub. now Robert and his wife have another baby, so another cub was required, equally cute  😀

Ian had also been in to get work from me, and now he wanted to go the full sleeve. On this arm we had already done some shading and flowers, to incorporate an existing tribal lion’s head. This had set the tone quite dark, with bright colours set against the background, so this is how I intend to continue


Barry is in the process of getting his sleeve finished, it’s taken a while as he disappears off to UAE for 3 months at a time, and we have to get an appointment in when he is back for a couple of weeks.

Melissa wanted a nice big flower for her cute bee to sit in, voila!

15th + 16th february

Posted: 17/02/2013 in Uncategorized

On thursday i went to the national museum on Chamber street to see the Viking exhibition on there. There is a Viking skull on display, which shows that they carved lines into their teeth for decoration, how’s that for Body Modification? I tried to take a photo of it, but it’s not too clear, look closely at the front upper teeth, you can see a ridge right across from eye tooth to eye tooth. Nutters!
According to one eyewitness, the Vikings were also tattooed from ‘nail to neck’, but there remains no evidence of that. I do believe that decorating out bodies in a permanent way is somehow hard wired into our brains, most cultures seem to have a history of it.

The national museum also has some great japanese stuff. I discovered a massive bronze lantern that is covered in the most beautiful creatures, including a row of shishi/ foo dogs around the base. You don’t usually see these in a 3D form, so i was all over them like a rash, taking photos from all angles.
(When i finished I turned round to see two museum employees watching me with crossed arms,  maybe you aren’t meant to take photos? oops, too late, my camera was red hot)

My customer the next day was in to get a half sleeve, but mentioned that he might be interested in taking it down to a sleeve, with maybe a foo dog..
ding dong! I got my photos from the day before out, and we chose this cheeky chappy from the lantern 😆

adapted to fit his arm and the tattoo style of course, but there he is at the wrist, wrapping up to over the elbow.

the koi and sun at the top of Stephens arm was existing work by another artist, which we are adding to, as is the cross on the forearm.

Roddy is working on a polynesian style body suit, we started this a good few years ago and are slowly chipping away at it. This will be his last session before the summer, as Roddy is a motorcycle racer and will be busy until autumn now.

Neil got some colours put in his koi today, i took some terrible photos, sorry!
this is the best of a bad bunch

and melanie got her fairy piece finished. It’s a bit of a mixture of things, she had an unfinished fairy by another tattooist at the top of her back, and an old piece of tribal, also by another artist, at the bottom of her back. We joined he two up and added some colour to her fairy’s wings. Once it’s settled, we might decide that the fairy now needs some more shading, we will see

9th + 13th february

Posted: 15/02/2013 in Uncategorized

I  had two customers come in for a last look over their sleeves, little adjustments here and there, before i could declare them done
Dave’s scottish themed half sleeve is now finished

I only remembered to get a snap of Dave after he had already tucked his tattoo away…

also finished is Darren’s koi sleeve


Robert is working on an elaborate cover up, we are adding layers of texture, shapes and colours to this unusual piece


and Peter’s koi sleeve is getting there

I’ve been busy putting together my new portfolio, I have a new one printed every year. I’ve put the new photos from the last year up on tribe’s facebook page if you’re wanting a sneak preview   😉

5th + 6 th February

Posted: 07/02/2013 in Uncategorized

William is getting a Horiyoshi warrior and demon, we are adding colours and some clouds. Next time we will add some flowers on the forearm to make it a sleeve.

And Greig is working on a dragon, we will be adding colours next time

In glasgow the next day I worked some more on Bruce’s tiger piece, we added the grass and boa on the underside of the design. There will be more detail to be added as we go along

And Ian was after a skull and roses with maple leaves, all swirling around his arm. The skulls represent the evolutionary stages of the human skull, and the roses and leaves are representative of life and movement.
The eye of Horus tattoo at the top is getting lasered and will be lighter by the time we round to shading over it

1st + 2nd february

Posted: 04/02/2013 in Uncategorized

A while ago Susan started on this whirlpool and flowers design, we just had the aster to finish and some bits of pink to add to the cherry blossoms.


Ross was in again, one last wee session to tidy things up and give the last maple leaf some colour. We’ve been sparing it out until now because it was still getting lasered. It needs a few more weeks to settle, and then we will be able to complete Ross’s sleeve.


Brad is working on a collage of revolutionary  propaganda images, today we just added some colour and a bit of script. The top of the leg will be an interpretation of Picasso’s Guernica, i’ve never seen that tattooed before, it’s going to be quite something!

Neil had been getting some old work lasered by Roz, and now it was time to get cracking on his sleeve. Underneath the new piece are the remains of a tribal piece and a Tazzy devil. I always feel a bit bad for the poor old tasmanian devil, when I obliterate his happy, silly wee face  😆
But there ya go, another one bites the dust!