I just added color to my homegirls koi fish tattoo... She sat very well... I'm proud of her...i'm VERY gentle so if you can get in a zone I promise you it isn't bad at all... Most people fall asleep on me
Our caveman Willem, started on this little guy today. It's snakes on a plane... without the plane, and just one snake. So not actually snakes on a plane, but still it's just as awesome. It's not finished yet, he is still going to add color to it.
On the other side of the fence, Roger continued on this black and grey flower sleeve. It's full of flowers you don't usually see on tattoos, wich makes it pretty interesting. Some of those flowers only grow on rocks if I got it right, hence the rock in there aswell.
Yesterday I went over to Lenox mall... At the Adidas store there was a photography show featuring body art... The photos were shot by Kat Goduco (katgoduco.com) and to my surprize I had about 3-4 of my pieces featured in the show... Her pieces sell for only $150 each...Here are a few of the photos
Everyday Rabbit grows and learns something new.... I'm so glad I got this French bulldog....one of my best investments yet...he makes me laugh allday with something new... He's best I won't trade him for nothing... Rabbits almost 6 months old, he sleeps a lot, very relaxed, lazy, and don't mess with any of my stuff at my art studio...this dog is now apart of me.... I'm very thankful to have him... Dogs are man's best friend
I was in Asheville tattooing Monday & Tuesday on my days off work... Some people ask me why I still go home to tattoo when I don't make any money there? To be honest it very hard and I can bearly afford to tattoo in my hometown....but I really want to see my people back home understand the "Art of Tattooing" I had one person get mad because I couldn't give them the same price I gave them 4 years ago before City of Ink opened...I'm 35 years old I can't do the same type of art or give you the same price I gave you 4 years ago...the hotel rooms are about $120-$150 a night so how can I do a tattoo for $50 and afford to pay for my stay in Asheville? So I want to thank everyone who set their appointment 3 Months in advance so I could use the deposits to pay for the rental car and hotel rooms....here is one of the pieces I did back home... I'm trying to open their minds up to more color style tattoos and to break the stereotypes of praying hands, crosses, and name tattoos... It's time to bring "Skin Paintings" to these small cities like Asheville
Here is another example of following the curves of the female body when tattooing.. This piece was done by my partner, Tuki Carter when he was up in NYC tattooing less than 2 weeks ago....this is what City of Ink is known for.... Body art that don't just look like a "tattoo" but flow like a "Skin Painting"
The mistake I see a lot of tattoo artists make when tattooing a woman is they tattoo them just like they're tattooing a man....I feel body art on the female body should flow with grace... And follow all her curves....tattoos should never look manly on a woman...the "art of sexy" is having your eyes follow the art which ride those beautiful curves.
Today we have a teeny tiny bit of script by Roger. As promised, I would post more script tattoos, even the small ones. I particularly like this one because it made me think of "Dream On" by Aerosmith. Great song, great letters, great big Roger in the background, what a great day.
We got these new cookies wich are suspiciously addictive. Once you have had a few of these cookies, you really start questioning their name, and if they were legally prepared by an authorized bakery. They might even be more addictive than crack itself, come to think of it, I feel the urge again. Need......mooore...... neeed .....snacky cracky
I'm also the proud owner of a new Willem "The Wildman" Jansen on my leg. It's a death killer Madagascar hissing cockroach from hell, it even has radioactive knees, how awesome is that!
When I need to escape from Atlanta....I go home...I sit in the mountains and reflect on my life... My struggles and kill all negative energy... Looking at those mountains I know God is out there and how humans are only just part of the world and NOT the owners of Earth.... It's crazy to see the nature of man and how mankind would destroy trees, and land for self gain.... God is real and wittnessing the evil actions of man makes me want to seprated myself from people.... But I have faith in mankind.... Maybe women are the secret to saving this planet...their emotions and their nurturing nature would heal the souls of any troubled man....love is the answer to all.... Clearly