Archive for October, 2013

23rd- 26th october

Posted: 28/10/2013 in Uncategorized


Jordan was on holiday from Ohio, checking out Glasgow and getting a tattoo πŸ™‚
Jordan reads my blog and knew to book in advance and she set the scene for this little souvenir piece. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

James got some colours in his koi and peonies

Chris is getting very personal collage of things in his sleeve, he wanted a tree holding it all together, but then the list of things got quite diverse, chanterelle mushrooms, cloudberries, maple leaves, a special castle ruin…
there will also be racing pigeons (of course! :))

it’s been fun putting it all together, and there’s plenty more work to be done here
We are working around a patch of psoriasis under the elbow, chris is getting treatment for it, so hopefully we can continue the design there at some stage.

Nikki got her phoenix finished- she said she wanted it bright! bingo


and Nikki herself πŸ™‚

Brian was in for a finishing session on his blue dragon sleeve. I like these last sessions, I usually darken the shadows and do a little bit of tidying up, makes a difference

And Steve got more detail and colour added to his mad patterned sleeve, it’s really taking shape now

16-19th October

Posted: 21/10/2013 in Uncategorized

I thought I’d show you some photos of Hamburg, I’ll post some more of the studio, but here are a couple of my favourite places on the way to work. I always look forward to seeing the cakes in this cafe /bakery, they are amazing and always have a new theme every time I’m here. This is their spooky theme in time for Halloween πŸ™‚

And I like this fruit and veg shop, they sell fresh juices, I pick one up every morning. The shopkeeper has a home painted picture of che Guevara on his
wall, next to one of his grandad

At work I had a Hamburg regular customer in, in fact she has been to Edinburgh to get her tattoo extended, as well, turns out we are working on quite a large piece! This one keeps growing πŸ™‚
Martje is a surfer girls and likes flowers, shells, and tattoos that flow down her arm

Tine was after the first part of a pair of forearm tattoos. This one is a feather and the German word for ‘with wings’ in her own hand writing. The next one will be of a tree with the word for ‘with roots’.

And then for something completely different from my usual sort of work, marko had very clear ideas for his first tattoo ( 6 hrs on his chest!!) he wanted the two skulls and the girl to be like islands in a sea of water, but he didn’t really want the water to look like water, it was more about movement and energy. My job was to translate his ideas into something that I could tattoo, and luckily he was delighted with the result.
Personally I love the blue water/ energy lines, they are really expressive and fun in an arty kind of way, but I would have added some black or grey lines to the blue to visually tie the skulls and girl designs in a bit more. That’s purely my first impression, but I didn’t even mention it, as it wouldn’t have gone with the islands he was trying to create.
This is not something that would have been put my way back in Edinburgh, where I usually do mostly japanese styles, but it’s fun to step outside the box sometimes.

I had Thorsten in to get the last of his three quarter sleeve done, we added a bit of colour here and there and made the leaves a brighter green. That’s it done, can’t believe it! Things take a while longer when you are only in town to tattoo twice a year for a week, but we got there in the end. Thorsten did come over to Edinburgh once to speed things up, though

My last customer for this Hamburg trip was Doreen, she had some purple lilies on her back that she wanted me to extend over her shoulder. the purple lilies were a cover up, and they looked a bit dark and flat, so the idea was to go for something a bit brighter and to make the piece flow a bit better.
Doreen is planning a large Phoenix on her back, too, something we might start next time I’m back if she gets an appointment.

This visit I was working next to Louis, who is from Chile, a fun guy who is great company at work.

He tattoos and paints very patiently with lots of detail, in a Hispanic sort of tradition, here is one of his paintings… I don’t think I have seen a painting about the financial crisis before, brilliant!

Miez, who used to be the receptionist at jungbluth, is now the apprentice tattooist, it’s exciting and nerve racking for her in equal measures!

Here are the guys Stef, Chris and Louis fawning over an old gramophone they got their hands on πŸ™‚

14th + 15th october

Posted: 16/10/2013 in Uncategorized

I’m back in Hamburg working at jungbluth studio, it’s alway good to see the lovely people here. In the meantime they have moved shop, and I had to get used to the new layout, but of course everyone is very helpful and kind, so not a problem.

My first customer was Klaus, I tattooed him last time I was here and now he wanted a background to his tattoos.
I hadn’t been the original artist meant to tattoo him last time, but there was a mix up and his artist wasn’t in town for another week…oops, lots of appointments needing rescheduled….and I was drafted in on my day off to help out.
We needed up doing some lines of music and text, and now there were some gaps that Klaus fancied having filled. It was a bit of a challenge to come up with something that would work, as the gaps were too big for just ‘ background filler’ and a bit too small for another design element to slot in. another issue was that the music and lettering is so fine, that they are easily swamped, so we had to find something that would tick all the boxes.
I had some ideas prepared, and klaus like the wing idea, and making it go underneath the lines of text and music, but in grey and not black, so that the writing wouldn’t disappear.
It looks darker fresh than it will healed, but we both liked the new addition, and I was pleased that we were able to do something quite dramatic in the end

I like a bit of drama, me πŸ™‚

The pink tattoo is not by me

Hendrik had an existing tattoo that I had added to and fixed up in places, and last time he was in, we decided that the original colours from the old piece needed a bit of vamping up, to fit in with the newer bits. We did I that this time

Sorry about the shoddy photo

Karsten was interested in a pike tattoo on his forearm, we took our time finding and adapting a design that worked. I am now a bit of an expert on pikes! Test me πŸ™‚

11th + 12th October

Posted: 13/10/2013 in Uncategorized

Tom requested a tattoo of kelp, to flow over his shoulder as a counter part to the octopus he has on his other shoulder. Kelp is blessed with a wonderfully decorative structure and you can have fun bending the fronds in any direction you like- i’m surprised not more people want kelp tattoosΒ  πŸ˜€

this is going to be shaded in black and grey, which will bring out the structure nicely

Ross got his flower half sleeve finished, lilies and thistles, I think this tattoo will grow and spread. Ross had that look in his eyes that make me think he is plotting more!

Aussie Bill update! We have finished the section around the knees, next we will tackle the thighs. There are dings and bashes in the black that happened during the healing, we will sort those battle scars out at a later date, in the meantime I quite like them. They speak of the epic journey Bill has been on to get this done

Brad’s (Picasso’s!) Guernica piece is complete! We love how this has come together, and how the long format of the painting works as a wrap around on the leg.

Harley’s sleeve is coming together, we are joining up the main elements with clouds and it makes a big difference to the overall look, now it’s starting to come together as a sleeve

Another finished piece!
William’s samurai/ demon and nasturtiums piece is complete πŸ™‚

and William himself, just managed to remember to get a picture of him before he left, excuse the bandage!

I am leaving to go to hamburg for my biannual guest spot at Jungbluth studio, I’ll be working there for a week. They have properly crammed my diary full of appointments, for 6 days in a row, so I’m a bit apprehensive. Not being there when the appointments are booked for me leaves the door open for a whole host of misunderstandings. I hope it’s not too bad this time, because there is no time/ room to manoeuvre, should there be issues with the what they have booked for me.
The receptionist at Jungbluth are getting the hang of how I work now, so fingers crossed. I will keep the blogs coming

David’s half sleeve is finishedΒ  πŸ˜€

and Steven is still a long way off, all the colour still to go in this phoenix and flower piece

Russell wants a black and grey sleeve of two kois and lots of splashing water, today we drew it on and got the outlines down

I had a couple of customers in who weren’t too keen on having their picture on the blog for the whole world to see, and that is of course absolutely fine! I am always honoured that customers let me use their picture, but of course if someone would rather not, I completely respect that, it’s not for everyone.

Dave is getting a specific piston design, in this case it represents a broken femur, which is more about the struggle to fix an engine than a broken bone. We spent a lot of time figuring out how this idea would best translate on the leg and where to position it. We got a bit done, but it’s still quite rough and unfinished looking- specially the top part of the piston, you’ll get the idea i hope

We are pretty much done with Rick’s peacock sleeve, one more quick finishing session to tie up any lose ends, and we are done.Β  πŸ˜€

Harley had a large gap still in his sleeve design, and we thought a Foo would go nicely, one with a cub (that makes her a female). The foo cub has a bad attitude, it must get it from the mother! These aren’t your little cutesy foos..
hard to get a photo of the whole thing, but if you see harley around somewhere, feel free to grab his arm and have a good look. Tell him I said it was cool πŸ™‚

Emma got her phoenix finished!

and Steve got more of his freeform patternwork, we are still putting colour in the bits that need it most, i.e. the cover up bits

I went to the London tattoo convention on sunday and had a couple of days down in the big smoke, while i was at it.

here are some photos of tattoo celebrities for all you tv show addicts out there- don’t say I’m not good to youΒ  πŸ˜€

Tim Hendricks

Dan Smith

The other bloke from Miami Ink

Chris garver

The day after the convention I went to the British museum with some friends

and made it my mission to photograph Chinese and Japanese lions and foo dogs, some early ones, some hard to make out ones, some angry ones… there are a lot! here’s my favourites

I’m off most of this week, and saturday’s blog will be included in next weeks one, so au revoir til next week!