Archive for December, 2014

12th- 17th december

Posted: 18/12/2014 in Uncategorized

we’re feeling festive! here’s our rock’n’roll christmas tree at tribe in Glasgow 🙂 you can’t have enough skull baubles or skeleton decorations

Harry is getting a cover up of some tribal, luckily his tribal never progressed past the outlines, so it’s easy to cover. Where the lines are still in the way, Roz or Laura will work their magic with the laser. I’m still establishing the values, and will also add more shading and detail at a later stage

Byron needed a half sleeve added to his existing work, and he chose flowers with a japanese feel to it. The upper part of his sleeve was done in his native South Africa, and it’s a sort of biomech style, but we are taking a complete break from that.

Our angie was under the needle again, she still has some pesky plain skin on her arms, but we are working on it! She loves the sketchy arty and bold look, so we used a design she found and liked and adapted it to suit her. This still leaves some even more pesky gaps now….

It’s been a while since i had John in, and today his sleeve extended up the way, more skulls and leaves. You can’t have enough skulls as we have already established, and there will be even more once we add the next stage of this piece a detailled mandala going onto his chest, which will have small skulls in the patterns 🙂

Lesley-ann is getting there with her paisley peacock, one more session to do some grey swirly background, finish off the wing and colour the cherry blossoms.

another epic session for Amy, we finished her peacock 🙂 i will want her in again in a couple of months to see how it all settled in and do any refining where necessary. The colours will pop more when Amy reverts back to her white skin, but as a competing body builder, she keeps very tanned, which influences the way the colours appear.

once we have completed it, i will take photos of the whole thing, calf to neck,  and hopefully Amy will indulge me and strike some awesome poses!

Brag’s leg is finished! It’s really come together with the last gaps being filled, and the black/grey with reds really hold the different elements together. The pictures brad chose for this collage are striking and iconic, including Picasso’s Guernica at the top and reflect Brad’s personal politics.

Leg tattoos are great, the leg is not as ‘public’ a skin as say the arm, so you can be more bold or adventurous without the worry of having to explain yourself all the time.

excuse the massive pictures, I’m in the process of putting them all together into one sequence.

Darrell’s backpiece is slowly emerging, it’s going to be colourful and rich

another finished piece, Andy’s koi, just one last finishing session required next year

Ross is working on two sleeves at once 🙂 today we finished off the black and grey background. It’s going to be a mostly black and grey affair, with the odd bold colour accent

Lorraine had an image that she loved, by an Edinburgh artist Stewart Brenner, and i was keen to do it for her. It’s influenced by Alphonse Mucha’s art, which I adore.

I’m reworking a sleeve on Kiaran, by another tattooist, last time we added some cute faces and today i started on some texture. I’m so taken by how the patterns look on the yellow background, that I’m tempted to add more yellow in the background in places








20th nov -3rd december

Posted: 04/12/2014 in Uncategorized

Neil has a half sleeve of tribal by other artists, that he wanted to extend into a sleeve. He didn’t want to carry on with tribal, though, but preferred a japanese look to match the sleeve we did on his other arm.

I went for quite chunky and dark, classic windbars, and kept the flow as strong as the tribal. We got the lining and some basic shading done today, and already it looks much more complete

Pam was in to get her flowers finished, it’s only been 4 years! 🙂 there was the small matter of the baby that was born in the meantime, taking up all her time…

Joe got his dragon worked on, now we are just needing to refine some colouring in the scales, finish the belly scales and we are done!

And sticking with reds and oranges, Alistair got some colour in his koi today, and we managed to get the flames around his dragon, done, too. Now he just needs to decide which colours he wants his dragon to be, because that will be next

Barry has been fighting a battle with a terrible piece on his back, someone tattooed a monster with a koi and outlined some bad waves and clouds at the top. I have started to save this by reworking the monster and koi a bit (more work needs to be done of course, specially on the monster’s head) and by adding a scene around the sides and below.

In addition Roz has been lasering the lines at the top, and today we decided to go for it and start with the clouds and sun to try and make what’s left of them disappear.

The lines will continue to fade, even without more lasering, but in either case we have the option to zap the lines that are still in the way some more.