18-2nd march

Posted: 03/03/2016 in Uncategorized

we’ve said good bye to tribe 1 on west nicolson St! Our wee old place opposite the pear tree pub is now Deadhead Comics……after 17 year there we have moved out!

the reason for this is that the opportunity arose to get a lease on a much larger shop- in the same awesome street- and so we swapped with the comic shop. he doesn’t need a big shop and was struggling with the rent, whereas we were always bursting at the seams and spread out between two different shops. with the new shop we will eventually be able to all work together and just have one big studio, which will be amazing.

For now, while the new studio is under construction, all of our business will be out of our broughton street studio, so if you have an appointment, or want to make one, we will be waiting for you there. Once we have the new premises licensed, we will move all and sundry there, but that might take a while…knowing what the edinburgh council licensing department is like.

here are a couple of photos of our old tribe 1, we had to put the stairs into the back of the shop where they originally were, and put the floor back, paint it, etc. Looks so different!

the back of the shop where the stairs now are, plus some of our shop furniture before we moved it out

here is gav, who is the new tenant, before he moved his vast amounts of comics in

My last ever tattoo in tribe 1 was the lovely Martje from Hamburg. We added a little colour to her sweeping delicate shells and flowers piece

Ross is working on a pair of sleeves, one is the geisha and flowers in warm colours, looking cute and calm (some lasering in progress at the top)

the other is a fighting scene with a samurai and demons which will be in cool colours and have quite a different energy

Emma had some lasering done on an old piece on her upper arm and was now ready to get a nice big kitsune piece. Wikipedia has this to say about them:

Kitsune (, キツネ?, IPA: [kitsu͍ne]) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into men or women.[1] While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.

a pretty cool subject matter, I’m sure you’ll agree!

more cool subject matter,  cute rabbits for Alex to go with her wee chickadee and flowers 🙂

A dragon that’s a bit different. Nicola looks after a herd of dairy cows for a living, so she wanted her dragon to have a slightly soft and cow like look, so we gave it a cow nose and big dark eyes with long lash type brows, subtle differences that add up to quite a different look to the usual dragon.

Brad was in after having quite some time off, so we worked a bit more on his chest and neck piece. Today we added the outline of a sacred heart below his neck, and a crown of thorns around his neck. Pictures of this to follow, but here’s a great one of Brad with his hair tied up! This photo would make a great painting

Rev Diana got her medieval St Cuthbert piece finished, I love medieval manuscripts and was thrilled to get to do some artwork like this

Karen got her ivy finished, she decided she liked how subtle the runes were hidden in the leaves here and there, so we left them as they were. You need to look quite hard for them.

the pieces on her back were there already, so we worked the ivy around them

Paddy’s mad Nick Blinko art sleeves are nearly done. Nik said they look like a japanese acid trip- I love that! Nick Blinko’s art is dark and mad, and I loved putting the pieces together as if we were dealing with a fairly traditional japanese concept. It works surprisingly well and looks wonderfully dark and bonkers!

Then for something quite different, Lynn wanted a soft pink in her lotus flower, but done in dots, so we did 🙂

And Tony was in to make a start on his back. We are following the theme we started on his arms, with water, flames and insects. This piece will spread, there is a master plan!

  1. Christjne says:

    Will be so strange to come to a new place but glad you’re now able to spread out a bit!!

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