Archive for March, 2017

10th feb – 9th march

Posted: 12/03/2017 in Uncategorized

Apologies for my long absence here, I’ve been crazy busy of late. I’m putting together some major changes-which I’m very VERY excited about- but I’d like to be a bit further along before Iย  go public, so watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚

The lovely Laurenne came to me a while ago to get some post operative scars covered, she had been though a lot and wanted to do something nice for herself, so we did some very delicate cherry blossoms on a wee branch on her back. Laurenne took to getting tattooed like a duck to water, and now we have been going a bit nuts, covering her in beautiful flowers and creatures in wonderful colours- I love it!

Another customer was looking to get some old scars covered up, I remembered to get a snap of the scars before I got too far down the road of drawing on the dragon

the dragon isn’t finished yet, but as you can see, the scars are well disguised, and not nearly as obvious as they were. The scars are actually a bit raised in this picture, that is what happens when you aggravate them by puncturing the skin during the tattooing process, it goes down again, making the scars even less noticeable.

Actually you can notice this in the next picture, too, Paddy had stretchmarks across his back from growing up fast as a teenager. They are not normally noticeable, but after the tattooing is done, the are raised.

Paddy is getting a backpiece of a Japanese ghost, the internet says this about them:

Japanese folklore has a rich and terrifying tradition of ghost stories.

Japanese ghosts (yurei) are spirits that have been prevented from a peaceful resting place by dramatic events during their life. Often they are murder or suicide victims . In other cases, an injustice has sparked intense desires of love,revenge, sorrow or hatred โ€” these desires are so strong that the ghost is able to transcend death to dwell on the earth.

I love them and am thrilled that Paddy is just as keen! The skeleton at the bottom is after a print by Kuniyoshi from 1844, and the ghost coming from it’s mouth is inspired by the many images of japanese yurei in japanese art. There will, of course, be more ghosts and skeletons in the background ๐Ÿ™‚

Tony’s thigh pieces are getting there, some tweaking here and there, but broadly speakingย  it’s all in place, looking lively and vibrant.

Work on Jason’s sleeve is getting there, some colour in the maple leaves and general tidying up to do

Laura’s lotus is finished, the lotus is a flower that symbolises spiritual enlightenment blossoming from humble beginnings, like the lotus whose roots and tendrils go down into the muddy waters and produce a wonderful flower.

laura’s lotus includes two little initials, hidden in the tendrils.

Peter had moved on from an old tattoo of a small dragon he got a long time ago, and had been getting our Laura to laser it and a couple of bits of the tribal that surrounded it. This had opened up a nice space for a new, much bigger dragon going onto the chest.


It’s great to have a laser technician in the shop, we can work together on projects like this. She lightened the whole thing up enough for me to design the new piece over it, and then she can just concentrate on specific areas that need more attention once the man design is in place.


Liam is getting a phoenix in bright colours, this will be a full sleeve when Laura has done a few more laser sessions on some pieces on his forearm, in the meantime we are finishing up the top part.

Paddy got a name covered on his foot with some acanthus leaves with wee skulls in them. We called this creation ‘death berries’ ๐Ÿ™‚

More acanthus leaves, and roses and other elements, Mark’s sleeve is pretty much complete (nothing is ever really done if you’re like me), we added some latin script at the top, giving it a classic look. There is actually some old script hidden in the leaves on the inner forearm, our Glasgow laser technician Roz had lightened it enough to make it a doddle to cover. Oh, and the rose on the shoulder is covering something, too,ย  forget what.

A customer from Hamburg came to see me, the one and only Martje, we revisited the first piece I ever did on her, and extended it onto the forearm- clouds with flowers and shells. It’ll need some more work here and there but we ran out of time, and like Cinderella, Martje had to disappear….. back to Hamburg.

Luc is getting an epic snake on his leg, big, bold and it’ll be colourful. If you’re coming to the scottish tattoo convention this month -and you absolutely should- you might see Luc there, getting more work on this piece.

Last, but certainly not least, Gerald got a portrait of his cute wee daughter. All the ‘awwws’ ๐Ÿ™‚