Archive for May, 2016

2 – 20th may

Posted: 24/05/2016 in Uncategorized

well, that was a hard slog, but the new studio is up and running! Phew. That means that the original two Edinburgh studio, the one opposite the pear tree, and the one down broughton St, have now closed.

We have moved to the one big shop, which is just across the road from the old tribe 1- so now we are pretty much NEXT to the pear tree pub, instead of across from it. (The pear doesn’t fall far from the tree, it just rolls around on the ground a bit)#

It’s great having everyone under one roof, and with plenty of space for each one of us. We will have an official opening party in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime you can just stop by and check out what all the work was about, and see us at work in our new lair….

The last  tattoo I did in the old Broughton St studio were a phoenix on Sheena (colour to follow)

then i moved into the new studio, ahead of the other artists while we were still getting the broadband sorted out (long story, very frustrating, and we are not out of the woods with that one yet. Why did I expect that to be simple?)

The first piece i did in the new studio was on Stewart, adding a koi and some colour to his 3/4 sleeve. There had been some maori style pieces there, which Stewart had gone off and had been getting some laser on, leaving a gap which looked like it could use a wee koi peeking out from under the flowers/ We also added some more red to the chrysanthemum we did a while ago, as it went over some lasering, it needed a bit of touching up. this can be the case when you go over lasered skin, as the skin sometimes doesn’t take new ink in the first pass.

i made a start on a teal koi, quite unusual

and what will be a sleeve of coloured roses with a dark lace background

the pictures of the next piece don’t really do the design justice. it’s from an old russian movie poster called the bride of satan or something like that, we rearranged a couple of the elements to fit the shape of the arm, but otherwise did it just like the illustration for the poster. i love it, it’s certainly not your usual piece! đŸ™‚

hana was after an illustrative rendering of a siskin sitting on thistles

Mel is working on a big leg piece with a few harley Quinns, so we did two more for the collection, backgrounds to follow

Patrick s in his final month of the Brewing and distilling course at the Edinburgh’s Herriot Watt unversity, last time we did the hops and barley for the brewing, today we added two pagodas from the old whiskey distilleries. I think this is a great idea, and it works well with his existing bird and gramophone piece ( not by me)

I’ve been working on Josh’s black and grey piece, involving oak leaves, flowers, blackberries and some old norse carving. It’s a really evocative piece, in a gothy/ nature/ folklore kind of way.

keep your eyes peeled for our opening party date, we’ve not set it yet, but we’re on it! check our facebook page or website, see you soon!!!!!


april 2016

Posted: 02/05/2016 in Uncategorized

I’ve not been on it with the blog this month, I was on holiday one week, and have been ridiculously busy the rest of the time. The new shop is pretty much ready to go, we are just waiting on the license being granted by the council. It’s frustrating, but we’ve just got to take our medicine and wait for the clunking cogs of the Edinburgh council to go through the motions. Our provisional date for the move is the 15th of may… if we are not in the new shop by then, it’s most likely that I’ve been arrested for being abusive and aggressive in the council offices!

My wonderful and colourful customers remind me why it’s all worth it, though! Here’s a few of the projects on the go this moth:

After having both arms and the top of his back done, Tony is moving down onto his thighs. His existing work is flowing, colourful and filled with wonderful creatures, so the piece on the thigh is to continue this general concept. We started with a frog and a koi type fish, a couple of dragonflies and some water. Colour and detail next time

Joe was in for his first tattoo, it’s only a wee sleeve…whatever happened to starting with a small one to see if you can handle it haha? Good for Joe, in for a penny, in for a pound is what i say. That way you don’t have to work around small, unrelated pieces once you realise it’s a sleeve you are really after!

Laurenne is working on her collection of flowers and animals, they all have significant meanings relating to people in her life. detail and more colour to follow

My next customer wanted a delicate piece to cover/ distract from some prominent scars on her arm. tattoos do a great job at drawing attention away from scars

Stewart got a nice big chrysanthemum on his arm, which will be in colour

Mark’s chrysanthemum already has colour, and we are working on blues in the background

Sigga is from Iceland, and wanted a tattoo that incorporated element from her homeland, and arctic tern, blue skies, and a very specific landscape. The mountains in the background are the backround to the Jokulsarlon glacier, which flows into a bay, leaving wonderful icebergs of all sizes floating in the water.

find out more about this magical place here

chantelle got a tiger, it’s going to be peeking out of roses surrounding it

Here’s a first, a tattoo of some rainbow chard! I did a beetroot tattoo for debbie a few years ago, and now she wanted some beautiful rainbow chard, as you do! Detail and the rest of the colour to be added next time

Stewart got the finishing touches added to his dragon half sleeve, which matches roughly the area we used for his phoenix a while ago on the other shoulder/arm