5th- 8th may, Hamburg guest spot at jungbluth

Posted: 12/05/2014 in Uncategorized

time for my biannual guest spot in germany!
A change of scenery for me, and a chance to catch up with the wonderful people at Jungbluth studio, my ‘work away from work’.

my first day back i started a new project on a new customer. Sandra already had an ornamental tribal sort of piece going up her side, but now she felt that it was a bit plain and needed some elaborating and while she was at it, why not go for a whole backpiece 🙂

Sandra had lot of ideas for a design with lots going on, but retaining some sort of flow and movement. She liked a variety of flowers, flowing lines and colourful dots, so we mixed it up and left scope for extensions.
I said her new piece reminded me of a party, lots of fun – by the time we are done- lots of colour, too!

Doreen had been to see me about an extension of her piece by another artist when we met last time. She had some purple lilies done by another artist (which were a cover up) and wanted the design brought down her arm a bit as she felt the purple lilies were a bit solid looking and an extension would help soften the appearance. So we added some yellowy orange lilies with a swirly grey background with stars.
this time round she fancied an addition to the design, adding some smaller frangipani flowers to the bottom of the section on the arm, and to the top of the back by the neck.

my next piece was the second part of two forearm tattoos. The last one was a feather with the german word for ‘winged’ attached to it, this one is a tree with the word for ‘rooted’

and then a tiny dog portrait, it was based on a design of a paw print with a wolf face inside of it, but instead of the wolf, she wanted a picture of her wee dog- very cute1 This piece is tiny, only 3 inches all in

The next piece, however, is the start of an epic backpiece, talk about keeping me on my toes! 🙂

Marko had a good idea of the design, and was using particular pieces of comic book art to make up the design elements. My job was just to put it all together in a way that worked on his back, and then to tattoo it, of course.
The figure at the top of the back is wearing a long cloak that will surround the figures below, and there will be some colour, too, but it’s mostly black and grey, and quite dark in places.
We got some of the characters down and shaded to a degree, but there is a lot of work still to do to them, and a lot still to come to complete the piece

The work I do at Jungbluth is often quite different from what i do at home, for a variety of reasons, and the photos i come back with are quite varied. I see the type of work i do there as somewhere in between doing a convention (with all the time restrictions this brings) and working at home where you have the luxury of multiple sittings.

I work next to a lovely guy from Chile called Luis at jungbluth, we have good fun as co workers, and now he has expressed a desire to come and visit us tribers in Edinburgh for a guest spot! I will keep you informed as and when this happens, if you like your chicano style tattoos, you will like luis’ work…

Hamburg was celebrating the birthday of it’s harbour when i was there, i think it’s 850 yrs old or so now, and they celebrate it in style! The whole waterfront is one big festival, with various stages for music, stalls, food and lots of beer of course. The highlight for me was this massive cruise ship going past playing happy birthday on it’s fog horns, it was mind-blowing- never mind blowing your eardrums!
it also played the 7 nation Army tune by the White Stripes, check this clip out:

Speaking of Hamburg’s love for all things nautical, another kind of celebration of this was the new and anonymous graffiti in the stairs going up to the studio. Someone really went to town, it’s brilliant. I specially love the camp captain

another thing i saw that I liked was this drinks shop that had beer caps for mosaic outside, genius

so, that was my spring trip to hamburg, next one will be in October!

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