The Big Idea

Big Ideas

29 Jan 2014 Posted by: Comments: 0 In: Big Ideas, Life, Tattooing

Ok folks! I’m going out on a limb here and doing the big Tattoo-No-No, I’m making deals… On custom portraits no less! ! I want to do 10 charachter study tattoos for my portfolio before the convention season starts. I am highly motivated to get 5 people and 5 animals done. If you’ve worked with me you know that I generally charge a little more for portraits as they are a specialty and because the pressure to make the memory of the person last forever is pretty intense. I in this case I will not be doing any personal or family portraits. I will be doing tattoos of fun sketches and paintings that I choose of my own work. They will turn out awesome! This is because if you look at my portfolio the stuff that comes out best is the stuff that I have the most fun with and control over.

What I am going to be considering are wildlife, pets (pending on reference photos available), celebrities or historical figures. What I am looking for is people who are immediately recognizable to anyone who looks. In the case of my character studies, I generally spend a lot more time on the drawing and for these paintings I generally charge at least as much as the tattoo. For this project I will give up all original sketches and the tattoo at a rate that will make it possible and pleasurable for us both. The way that it works is that you fill out the form at the bottom of this page and let me know what you are considering. Once I consider and approve of the subject matter I will get to sketching. Next, we will handle it like any professional illustration project where I am the artist and you are the art director. I will send you all of the sketches and allow you to choose from the best of them. Then we will do a value or color study, and finally tattoo. Some of them will have a finished painting, and some of them I will be able to tattoo from a sketch and that will be decided by me as we go along since the goal of the whole thing is the tattoo, but I will definitely give up all of my preliminary work in either digital or wall ready form.


So if you have a person that you would totally get tattooed, but the cost of portraits stops you, or a specific animal you would like to get tattooed, now is the time. Pricing will still be time and energy dependent, but it should be a lot more forgiving than my normal portrait work. The first 10 great ideas get the deal. Thanks for checking it out!

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04 Oct 2013 Posted by: Comments: 0 In: Big Ideas, Life

For a while I’ve been wanting to try to work on an actual “series” and have had a rough time figuring out exactly what I want to do. I’ve been back and forth about doing dogs or wildlife and maybe eventually making a calendar or something that I can sell some copies of.

I’ve always felt that in the tattoo industry, there are a few main conceptions that people have about portraits. One is that you should never ever ever deviate from the picture provided ever (even though 80% of the pictures we are brought to do tattoos of are shit). And the other is that portrait tattooers are copiers who cant really draw. To me, these ideas seem at odds, if the picture is shitty, just redraw it. Bing ! Bang! Boom! Two problems solved. So, as I worked more on the portrait side of my life over the summer I think my “artists eye” matured a bit and one of the ideas that started to crystallize was to do other portrait artists, some of whom I feel are very talented and some of whom I think have much better marketing that they have skill with a persons face. To put it simply there are a few fairly well known portrait artists whose covers I would like to pull.

When I was trying to put together the list of people I would like to talk shit about, It became very clear that I know many more very talented tattooers from many different generations and styles and it would be a waste to use everything I’ve learned merely to poke fun at people. That’s when the new plan became very clear. I never had a traditional apprenticeship but I have been inspired both positively and negatively along the way by a great number of people. Many are tattooers but not exclusively. Some of these people have taught me who I want to be as a person and many have tought me about the person I do not want to be, but I have learned from them all even if they wouldn’t remember me.

I think I will call the series “Inspirational Characters” and it will include everyone along the way and hopefully give me a little chance to discuss some of the things that I have learned with an overall tone of “Be careful who you become, you never know just who you may inspire”… Anyway, more later off to the shop…

Over time in my career it has become painfully obvious to me that bigger IS better. Of the tattoos that I do, the ones which look best and are the best experience in doing are the ones that a bigger, done over a large area and a couple of sittings or more. When I can sit down and actually design something and place it just right and cover the right amount of space and really just get into it for a few hours. That’s when the magic happens. I don’t think it is that the little stuff is any harder to do necessarily, but it is definitely harder to make look cool because it’s a less than optimal situation to begin with. Generally by the time I get a job as an artist the person has picked everything about it, color, size, placement, styl independent of my opinion and reducing my job to that of a handyman.  So, this page is dedicated to where I think my tattooing should be going. Some of the pieces on here are rough, put together from other images  or shapes to illustrate ideas and layouts with the specific subject matter and coloring etc… to be decided once something is booked, others will be fully baked ideas ready to go, some of it will be words only. Most of it will be large scale.  All of it will be stuff that I definitely want to do and will be passionate about. If you see anything on here that you are into, please contact me and we will see about getting something set up. Thank you for checking it out!