Archive for March, 2014

25th + 26th march

Posted: 27/03/2014 in Uncategorized

Coco’s mexican day of the dead figures got some colour today, we are still working on the background and some detailling. the artwork is from a record cover by a singer called Holly Cook

I love Horiyoshi III’s artwork, and was pleased to be doing a sleeve based around one of his Heroes. We are adding Chrysanthemums as they are associated with the samurai and a devil-may-care attitude. The sleeve on the other side will have more feminine aspects.

In Glasgow the next day I forgot my camera, so I didn’t get a photo of the clouds I did on Jim’s leg piece. yes, the same leg piece that was apparently finished, but in actual fact may still have potential to grow… which it did 🙂

For the next piece I remembered that I could ask mark to take pictures with his phone, and send them to me. here they are, they are of the start of a buddha and lotus panel. There is some more colour, detailling and background to go on this one. Liam wanted the buddha to have flowing long hair, instead of the usual little round curls.

This weekend is the edinburgh tattoo convention, should be fun! I will be tattooing on the saturday, but on the sunday me and Nik will be painting, instead. We will set up a still life of sorts, and just spend the day observing and painting. It should be a more sociable thing to do than just sit with the head down working, and i hope to be able to do more chatting and maybe even wandering about the convention at times. Come by and say hi!

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19th-22nd march

Posted: 24/03/2014 in Uncategorized

Scott was after a koi and foo dog on his arm and shoulder, we made a start on it today

Jim got his leg piece finished, well, he has since phoned and asked for he clouds to be extended up 🙂





Alex got a phoenix on her back, just the tail feathers to shade now

David’s phoenix got it’s tail feathers coloured, he chose a combination of muted greens and yellow


keira also got some more colour, we are still working on the blues in the water

last but not least for this week, a quick extension of Kerr’s sleeve, he wanted it to come a wee bit further down over his wrist

14th + 15th march

Posted: 17/03/2014 in Uncategorized

john was in to let me give his piece the once over and add a bit of colour here and there, here is a photo of john with his tattoo 🙂

Eric is working on a addition to the dragon we did a while ago, now he wanted to add a couple of koi to signify his two little daughters

and the second John of the day is getting colour added to his chest piece. we are doing this in shorter sessions, as the chest is pretty sore to get tattooed

Brian’s second sleeve is coming together, the next session he will have will be done at the Edinburgh tattoo convention, stop by and say hi if you are passing!

Steve was in for a wee session to continue with the colour of his patterned piece

and declan got his hanya mask coloured and some blue started on his foo dog


7-12th march

Posted: 13/03/2014 in Uncategorized

I had ross in for a long session to continue the colour on his phoenix, but also to fix up the old piece he has on his upper arm. Originally we thought it was too big to laser and just planned on going around it. Now that there’s a nice and bright phoenix around it, instead of fading politely into the background, the old piece has become a proper eyesore.
Plan B- fix it up. So that was today’s task, I relined and shaded it properly and will add some colour next time, apart from the two wee roses at the back, which will need some lasering

Chiara got a feather on her side, the piece is based on a popular design with the birds flying off it, but our version had colours and patterns

My other appointment for saturday had to cancel 😦
However, I had a good day at work, anyway. Tribe 2 was firing on all cylinders – 7 artists tattooing, Roz lasering and Mark piercing, that’s a record! It was a real buzz, and we went for pizza and a few drinks afterwards and gave ourselves a pat on the back.
Our wee italian guest artist Antonella had a great week at tribe 2 and may come back to visit again.

On tuesday Gillian had a few minutes of touch up work done, and i managed to get a few decent photos of her piece, unlike last time. The weather was superb, so we went outside to take the photos, always shows up the colours nicely.
the lily flower and so on at the top of the piece is not one of mine

Aileen is getting her first tattoo. Not a wee thing somewhere hidden ‘to see what it’s like’, oh no, she is jumping in with a full colour sleeve!
it’s a geisha essentially, but Aileen really likes the wonderful combinations of brightly coloured and patterned fabrics that make up the kimono, so the focus will be on the drapery. I have arranged big sweeping folds over Aileen’s arm, with the face and shoulders of the geisha taking up a relatively small part of the design.
this is going to be a lot of fun 🙂


Gillian got a flower on her foot a few years ago, then added another, and now it was time for more, plus some butterflies! We kept the style bold and graphic as before

And jude was in for more on her Kitsune piece. A [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsune]Kitsune[/url] is a japanese 9 tailed fox, a mythological and mysterious creature.
it will be next to a cherry tree with blossoms, which we also started today. Excuse the red eyes in the fox, they are just a bit bloody and i forgot to wipe them before i took the picture. In reality they are yellow.


Apart from Ross, all my customers in the blog are female! I think this is a trend that will continue, as i usher in a new age.
My work seems to go through cycles or ‘ages’
first was the age of the koi
then the age of the dragon,
then that of the phoenix, and now i feel the age of the geisha coming on!
kind of like my version of the chinese zodiac 🙂

Of course they overlap, but the trends are definitely there

a of day of work at the studio and some photos from the tattoo tea party convention in manchester this blog..

before i left for manchester i had a day at the studio, tattooing some more on Chris’ sleeve, going over the miraculously healed patch of psoriasis. A couple of months ago there was a large rough and red patch of broken skin on his forearm, but he had UV treatment on it, and i couldn’t believe the difference that made. We had originally worked the design around it, but now we had some extra space in the design, so Chris chose a pictish stone piece.
The carvings are ancient pictish symbols, and the long line with the cross hatching is ogham, an old celtic script. Chris changed the writing that was originally on this particular stone to the ogham for ‘mother’- as his sleeve is about family and personal heritage and influences.
we also added some more leaves and shading to the side of the stone with the time we had left that day

david got some shading added to his sleeve

as did declan

The next day Nik and me got up before the crack of dawn to travel down to manchester to set up for the convention. My first appointment was scheduled for 1pm, so i had just enough time to get all my ducks in a row.

I was looking forward to seeing Emma again, she had asked me to do a couple of portraits for her a few years ago, and now she had had another wee boy, and wanted to add his portrait to the collection.

as you can see from the photo, it was pretty cold at the convention the first day, poor Emma was covered in goosebumps. Thankfully they got the temperature a bit better the next day.

I also did a geisha from my small collection of flash that i had brought with me, which i was chuffed about- although i wish i had had more time with it.
When working at a convention you just have to go with the flow

The next day i worked on Nik’s front piece a bit more, we got a few more of the survivors on the raft shaded

I met some new people, pete Oz who was working next to me was a sweetheart and his friend nathan turned out to be a major expert on and collector of japanese art! he already helped me find a particular book that i was looking for, it’s been out of print for a long time, but he had it on his laptop and emailed it to me- this guy is a proper gold mine of information, and i am glad to be his pal now 🙂

Pete tattooing, Nathan on his phone

An old convention friend of mine Wendy, was working on my other side

some crowd shots from the sunday, it was busy enough as you can see, not stowed out at any time, but ticking over.

the guy and his customer opposite me worked on the same piece for around 18 hours over the weekend, and got most of the colouring on her backpiece done. how they didn’t win best of show is a mystery to me

The two girls from manchest, Olivia and eleanor who are moving up to join us at tribe, were there and we spent time together- it feels like they are part of the family already!
Eleanor is my new apprentice, I’m sure you will be seeing her around in the next few weeks, either on the blog in the photos, or in person as she sits in on me working :).