27th- 1st april, scottish tattoo convention

Posted: 02/04/2015 in Uncategorized

more colour n mailyn’s flower piece, today we added the allium and the buddleiah and made a start on the colour in the hollyhock. As you can imagine, marilyn loves flowers!

on saturday we had the start of the scottish tattoo convention, one of he biggest day in the scottish tattoo scene. Everyone comes together and shows what they can do, or just struts their stuff. Over 200 artists tattooing, stalls, performances, a bar, all the right ingredients for a cracking show. This year didn’t disappoint, either, although I was a bit too busy to really appreciate it all.

Last year i painted on canvas instead if tattooing on one of the days, and I’m thinking that was probably a more sociable way of doing things, as people find you more approachable when your head isn’t down working. Doesn’t pay the bill unfortunately, though….

My first customer was Brian, we put in some basic shading and started on the nasty green of the monster. Brian doesn’t enjoy getting his back tattooed, but he soldered on and kept a brave face on for all the passing crowds, even managed to engage in banter and crack jokes with random punters! 🙂

Matthew was also booked in, we finished off his sleeve with a bit of writing, and added a tiny bit of colour to the day of the dead girl

on the sunday I had Steph in, only last week we started a sleeve on her, and we added to this, moving upwards from the fresh pieces. We had to leave the bits we didn’t have time for last session, as it would have been too painful to work into such fresh tattoos, and started a whole new section. We added two red roses and outlined more daisies and pansies

Darrell is getting a massive backpiece, today we worked on some more green at the bottom of his back. This piece seemed to get photographed a lot by passers by

last but certainly not least I had Brad in, we had time for a small Banksy piece on his chest. It’s a spray painted image of a peace dove wearing a flak jacket, from a photo that Brad took himself on a recent trip to Palestine.

II tried to keep the original rough graffiti feel of it

That wrapped up the convention, we even made it to the after show party and partied with whatever energy we had left over….

On Tuesday it was time to go back to work, and my first customer was billy, we are finishing off his water sleeve, adding some shading to the runes and leaves floating about. We need one more finishing session to smooth things out here and there and add some detail

Then something quite different for me, a swallowtail butterfly.done in high contrast and detail, sitting on some nasturtiums, which were rendered in a lose, water colour style. The lines are sketchy and the colours go over them in places, giving a more arty feel to the piece

Harley got his sleeve pretty much finished, one more finishing session for the usual smoothing and detail.

Today we finished his fisherman, adding Mount Fuji in the background. The fisherman has Harley’s own tattoos on his body, which was great fun to do. like russian dolls 🙂


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