26th, 27th + 28th february

Posted: 01/03/2013 in Uncategorized

this is a very busy week for me, working 6 days in a row, with two of them being down in manchester at the convention. Normally I tattoo for 4 days a week, with another day used for artwork and admin (thursdays), leaving me two days to relax. In this way I coast along nicely, the weeks float by and everyone is happy….then a convention crops up and I get propelled out of my comfort zone!
I remember why I don’t really do conventions any more, packing everything up, travelling, setting up in sometimes less than ideal convention environments, working like mad and then packing up again, with the travelling home. And it’s not cheap, either, we pay a lot of money for those booths.
Once it’s all over, and you remember the good times, the old and new friends you met, the interesting portfolios you looked and and all the juicy gossip you picked up, and it seems worth it again.
This year I’m only doing two conventions, this manchester one, and of course the Edinburgh one. (That’s a bit different, a convention in your home town is a lot less stressful than one you have to travel to.)

anyway, I’m going to write two blogs of three days each this week.

On tuesday i had the lovely Andrea in all day, this lady sat for 8 hours for me, yes, 8 hours, she is hard as nails. I didn’t get the impression that she was about to quit at any one point, she may have got a bit quiet in the last 1/2 hour, but that was more to do with the fact that we were finishing off under her upper arm, a tender wee bit.

But now she has a beautiful flower 1/2 sleeve, with roses, cala and white lilies, and a gladiola.

In Glasgow James had decided to go the full sleeve, after having had a dragon done last year. Today we added a koi and some flowers, colour to follow!

and Ian got the next instalment of his skulls and roses sleeve, we finished the black and grey background, ready for the colour of the roses and skulls next time

On thursday i had two girls from Germany in, they couldn’t got an appointment during my guest spot in Hamburg, so they decided to book a wee trip to edinburgh, make a city break of it and get tattooed. they had a great time and recommend it!

Martje had some shading with cherry blossoms on her back, and was keen to bring it round onto her shoulder and around the back of her arm a bit. This time she wanted the tattoo to reflect her love for surfing, so we went for the surfer’s favourite flower- the hibiscus- and some sea shells. She will have to wait until her next appointment in Hamburg to get it finished, when I’m there in may.

the little bit of script is in her aunt’s handwriting, her aunt isn’t keen on tattoos, and doesn’t know that Martje is getting her handwriting tattooed on her! I wonder if she will recognise it when she sees it.. 😆
(My camera went a bit mental here, the colours are really bright in real life, but not as strangely acidic looking)

and her friend veronica was after a similar kind of thing, some soft shading with flowers and butterflies. We did the orchids and butterflies in a stylised kind of way, and here is another butterfly to be added onto the front of her shoulder, but we ran out of time… I will see her in Hamburg…

  1. Andrea Morrison says:

    Hey Morag!

    I can’t thank you enough for my tattoo, it is everything I had wished for and more!! Everyone who has seen it loves it, even my 78 year old, anti-tattoo mum thinks it is beautiful! Thanks to yourself, Roz and Nik for making it such an enjoyable day, you all made it easy to sit for the 8 hours……but you are right about the last half hour, I was fading fast haha!! The end result is more than worth it though! Now…….my left arm is looking kinda bare…….think I may be back for another visit soon!! Take care guys!! 🙂

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