Archive for July, 2013

9th-12th july

Posted: 13/07/2013 in Uncategorized

Nikki is getting some colour in her phoenix, this is going to be vibrant in mostly orange and reds, with the odd bit of blues/ turquoise chucked in for contrast

Harley is getting the start of a japanese themed sleeve, including a geisha, a samurai and a hanya mask, all set in a background of clouds and wind bars.

He was in on tuesday and again on friday, he is hoping to get the sleeve completed asap, so he took a couple of cancellation slots that were going.

I prefer to outline the whole sleeve in a oner, but as he was in again so soon after the first session, i concentrated on the forearm, and working at the top of the composition at the next session.

Today we started with the geisha, the whole sleeve is going to be black and grey with the odd red accent

Neil is working on a dragon sleeve, we got most of the background shaded today

and Gordon is getting a beautiful raven on his chest, it was a mercifully short session we had booked today, the chest is a pretty painful place to get a lot of work done at once.

Harley’s second session was at the top of his arm, we started a samurai and hanya mask, all still in progress of course, but unusually for me I worked on the samurai maybe more than I usually would have at this stage, as the lower part of the arm was a bit of a no go area due to having been tattooed a couple of days ago.

Scott’s two koi got some shading, now here’s just the colour in the flowers…

and that, dear readers, is it from me for two weeks. Yes, two weeks, I’m on my summer holidays! Three days in France, but the rest of the time is a staycation in the garden. Or in my armchair with a book, if the weather doesn’t play nice. Rock’n’roll, me!



5th + 6th July

Posted: 11/07/2013 in Uncategorized

Gerald still had some colour to go in his foo dog


and fiona was in to start some flowers and wind bars, it’s covering some old lasered work


Brian’s dragon got a bt of green added (still some to go) and his peony got coloured


Rick’s peacock piece is getting there, just want to have a short session to tidy everything up a bit



2nd + 3rd july

Posted: 04/07/2013 in Uncategorized

Jeremy’s tattoo has been creeping around his arm, and now he wanted those pesky gaps filled to make it a decent half sleeve. In order to make it flow and give it some continuity, we opted for a strong design and flow that would hold it all together.

I finished laura’s war of the Worlds sleeve! Then took rubbish photos!! This is really frustrating, the pictures are out of focus a bit, but i hope you can get the gist of it, and also see how her two sleeves work together.

Mark got another short session of shading done

Lotta was after some bees and honeycomb, all done in her trademark soft/ no black colours. We added some swirls to go with the ones she already had . Lotta loves her tattoos to look painted on, quite colourful and a bit random, it’s very cute 🙂

Ian got the last wee bit of his sleeve done, we were just waiting for the last bit of lasering to settle before we did the last tiny bit of colour on his roses, maple leaves and evolution of skulls piece.

Here we have his sleeve, unusually for this blog, the photos has been taken without the hair being shaved off

Ian himself 🙂




Sarah and Steven usually come to see me together, they book the whole day and get their work continued. Today Steven didn’t need as much time, so Sarah got more work done than him. This is because Steven’s sleeve is now finished  😀
A painting by Clive barker that Steven liked worked surprisingly well as a sleeve. We made a few adjustments to the composition to allow for the tapering of his arm, but apart from that it is pretty much a direct copy. I know this wont be everyone’s cuppa, but I love the impact this unusual piece has, and I enjoyed adapting tattooing to a  water colour style.

If you fancy seeing more of Clive barkers mad artwork, here;’s a link to his site

Sarah is getting some stars changed into stylised roses. She felt that back when she got her stars tattooed, she didn’t really give it enough thought, and now she was updating them. We will be working on a background for these roses, maybe a grey tone, but her and Steven are still considering the options.


In Glasgow the next day I continued with ian’s koi sleeve, it’s a cover up of some old and lasered work, and for now I’m putting in some dense greys to cover what’s left of the previous tattoo. Sometimes lasered pieces take a second pass to hold the ink well, so I can re-do any bits that look like they need it next time

and chris got his cover up finished, again I was glad of the opportunity to give the lasered bits a second pass