Hamburg may 2013

Posted: 12/05/2013 in Uncategorized

Its been a bit of a mad week here at Jungbluth in Hamburg, as usual there is lots of work to be getting on with, but also lots of socialising! I’m knackered haha!
I was meant to have monday off, but Charly phoned me asking if I could come in and cover. Turns out they had booked a week’s worth of appointments for a guest artist, but he was under the impression it was NEXT week he was meant to be in Hamburg. I helped out with a few little pieces throuout the week, but in general they managed to rebook most of the appointments. Nightmare..

I ended up tattooing this piece of music, not something I would have agreed to doing if I had had more of a choice, it’s just a bit too detailled and small.
The placement doesn’t help either, as the lines go over lots of bumpy veins, scars and the odd mole.

the next day I had Marco in for the whole day, we finished off two half sleeves we have been working on. the first one was incorporating an existing dragon, and covering up an old piece that had been lasered a wee bit. If i had been involved in the whole process, i would have recommended lasering the dragon, too, and just go for something completely new. As it was, we tried to jazz the old dragon up a bit, add some flowers to draw the eye away from the dragon, and to make it a colourful and lively piece. Once that was done, Marco decided to let me do another dragon on the other side, with a clean slate so to speak, and now he has two half sleeves that kind of match. minus the old dragon of course.
here is my dragon

hayni had an unfinished octpus, we ran out of time at the last appointment. this time round we got to add a bit of detail in the suckers

nina was after another phoenix to accompany the one we did a while ago, but this one was to be in blues and purples. maybe not strictly a phoenix, but a great contrast to the original one

Thorsten is another Hamburg regular, we are slowly finishing off his 3/4 sleeve, just one more little sitting to go, to fill a few small gaps and tidy everything up. This has been a project driven by Thorsten’s imagination, love of comic book art and colour choices, resulting in a really unusual and personal piece.
I hope to get some better photos of it when it’s done, when I will attempt to explain what’s going onΒ  πŸ˜€

Verena had been tattooed by me in Edinburgh the last time, and now she was in for the last butterfly that we didn’t get round to doing last time

and Martje, who had come to Edinburgh with Verena to get tattooed, was also in to get the next stage of her piece completed. Her tattoo is inspired by her love for surfing and the sea.
unfortunately I seemed to have forgotten to take a photo of the front of the arm

There is now a direct flight between Edinburgh and Hamburg, easyjet have added it to their routes, which makes the journey a lot faster and more convenient- no more racing through Amsterdam airport and having to get up at the crack of dawn- so maybe I will see more customers from Hamburg make the journey. Combining a wee city break with a tattoo appointment in beautiful Edinburgh- Why the hell not πŸ™‚
It certainly makes it easier to plan bigger pieces, without having to wait 6 months in between appointments.

I did a few smaller pieces throughout the week, but wasnt on the ball enough to photograph them, it got a bit hectic at times.
I enjoyed my visit to Jungbluth, I think I found a balance of work that works for me. Before I tried to cram too much work into the time available, but now I feel that it’s realistic for customers to see me in Edinburgh if they want, and tattooing them in my week at Jungbluth isn’t the only time I can continue with their piece.
Jungbluth now operates an online booking system, so I can have more insight into and say on what gets booked for me. Before I was a bit at the mercy of who did the bookings in the shop, and usually didn’t find out much of the work I had on until I got there. Hopefully the new system will be a bit easier on the nerves πŸ™‚


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