17th- 30th december

Posted: 05/01/2015 in Uncategorized
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I hope you all had a wonderful festive period! I have, and now it’s time to catch up on the last days of 2014, so here is what kept me busy..

last touches on Megan’s Kuan Yin, the goddess of vegetarianism and compassion

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/deities/kuan_yin.htm

it’s beautiful chinese goddess of Indian origins, and megan has surrounded her with earthy mandalas that remind her of her native australia

another session on lesley-Anne’s peacock, with the paisley tail feathers

and then a very brief start on what will be a sleeve dedicated o legendary blues musician Robert Johnson. We only had just over an hour, due to the customer John’s work messing him around a bit, which isnt enough to start any kind of sleeve. So I concentrated on the main portrait, but I’m looking forward to continuing this.

As legend has it, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, in exchange for an amazing musical talent (the design of this will be so much fun!), and he went on to become a worldwide legend and influence on music.

http://www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org/biography

Simon’s phoenix got another session, working on the tail feathers now, we will add some blues to some parts of the bird to contrast with all the warm colours, and also to compliment the blue dragon we did on his other arm

a short session on Brian’s epic backpiece, on such a large piece it’s hard to look like you’ve done much in one session!

i had harley in twice in the run up to the new year, he has moved to belfast in the meantime and was making the most of his Christmas holiday by cramming in some tattoo time. Good boy 🙂

we had started on a sleeve with an octopus, a geisha girl, a fisherman, a shishi and a noh mask, well, we only got a fraction of it down last time, and what was done was only sketchy.

On his first appointment we concentrated on the lower section that we had already started, the geisha and the octopus, and finished the shading and detailling.

then a week later, harley was in for a whole day! we did the noh mask on his chest and the fisherman, and with the left over time, got cracking on shading the shishi. I’m sure Harley slept well, that night- it fairly takes it out of you getting tattooed a whole day. I’ve heard of people feeling flu like symptoms and being very tired after a marathon session like that, but you do get a good bit done, it will probably seems worth it the next day.

I had great fun with Harley’s fisherman tattoo, he is pulling on one of the octopus’ tentacles, and has the same tattoos as harley in miniature, so the fisherman has a tattoo of a fisherman on his arm.. like russian dolls 🙂

Alistair’s dragon sleeve is getting there, we still need to add more blues to the dragon’s scales, the belly scales  and do some tidying up here and there

Kiaran got the last of her girl’s faces restored, here is the before and after

(not by me)

(by me)

and we had some time to add more of the florally pattern to the rest of the sleeve. his piece is developing quite organically, as I am adding to an existing sleeve by another artist

and Neil is also getting me to add to an existing piece, he came with a half sleeve of tribal that needed to become a full sleeve. Instead of continuing his tribal we went for some japanese style waves, with strong black windbars to continue the flow that the tribal had started.

and that was it for 2014! I’m looking forward to 2015, I’ feel there are changes coming to the tattoo industry as a whole, and I will embrace these. Having Olivia on the team to help me with the larger pieces, will mean my waiting list will be down and i can be more spontaneous and branch out a bit. Expect to see a wider variety of work on here 🙂

 

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