This gallery in LA is showing original illustrations form Easyriders Magazine
and it's mind-blowing. check my blog about it and get down there, today is the last day!!!!
When exposed to sun I use sunscreen too but only a physical zinc based sunscreen. Some types of sun screen penetrate the first layer of the skin and I am not so sure the chemicals would be beneficial to the ink.
Other than that I use coconut oil or linseed oil (for body and face too). Moisturizer increases water pressure in the outer skin layer, which can results in too much water and therefore dry out the skin and tattoo ;).
I only have 2 tattoos so far. Different things in life kept me from getting more done. Anything from work, over past relationships, financial reasons and health reasons.
But in a way I really regret that I did not get more done.
I have been planning certain new tattoo ideas since pregnancy, but our son took priority and the things he needed. He is now two and I hope that I can get a few tattoos done before baby number two.
Anyhow, here is my first tattoo at my lower back (with plans for the future:)
First thing I got was a kanji in 2004, that is part of my real life name, and which describes so many things to me. It can be applied to everything in life.
It makes me think of one of my favorite quotes: "that which is beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful."
As you can see it was badly done. I had scarring and the color faded in no time, leaving me with white spots.
I was not quite happy with the little lonely kanji on my hips, so I decided to get something added to it. I did not have anything specific in mind, but I knew I wanted it to fit with the meaning and went with butterflys.
The kanji was redone and the butterflys added in early 2007 and I was happy with the outcome.
I still like the combination of the kanji and butterflys to this day. I was told then and today that they are pretty common designs, and I have even been insulted for getting a tattoo like that. But I always tell myself that trends only last as long as people give a shit about them and 20 years from now I will be pretty happy with my damn butterflys and kanji still.;)
My future tattoo plans are a bit different. I know many people don't care for a story or meaning behind it, but I do like to combine meaning and a design I like. I will share them when I can.
These are a couple tigers I did this year...the reason I put them up here is because there are less than 32 tigers in the wild right now....no shit....I do not want to live in a world where there are no tigers....I do not want my grandkids to live in a world where there are no tigers...We as a community a professional community always seem to be able to pull things together...I give $ every month to "save the tigers" please you guys paint a tiger and sell it take the $$$ and search for "save the tigers" and donate the site has the letters wwf its tax deductable....I am not a big activist....I have never tried to champion a cause but this to me and hopefully you is important enough....I investigated where to put my meager donation and it seemed the best place...32 aint very many In fact they are saying maybe less than 32!!!!!!! Talk one of your customers into getting a tiger...take your P/c and DONATE!!!!!! If you are a tattoo collector than get a tiger tattooed on you and donate...don't get a tiger and donate...we always seem to come together when we need to help...well lets try to help this...again I have never done anything like this before...I aint trying to jump on some flag flying activist bandwagon...
Anyway.....what the hell....like I said LESS THAN 32 OF THESE LEFT IN THE WILD......
I haven't written or been actively posting up anything lately...
And there's good reason for it. I have a lot going on, we all do. Life here on the recent has been a testament to the true meaning of love.
The overwhelming outpour of support from FAMILY: YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, has been humbling, and heartwarming, and a big eye opener to just how much impact one person (Richard) can have on a relatively large circle of likeminded individuals whom happen to share the same passion for their profession; or the great clients we get to call friends... We have no choice but to overcome, we always do, we are obligated to YOU. For you have given his heart a second chance, and for that I am truly grateful.
There have been more tears cried these last several weeks, then I think both of us combined in a lifetime, and, I'm a big crybaby.
Thank You, It should go without saying, because we didn't ask for anyone to help you just did. And that in itself was truly magnificent, unexpected, and at times still breath taking.
Seriously, and Sincerely,
PS: If you have a print on order, or are waiting on something, I haven't forgotten about any of it, I am just up to my ears in trying to get the shop legal, take care of my legal issues, take care of my husband, and keep my head on straight.... Bare with me and do not hesitate to drop me an email. Jen
Hello! I just posted an entry on aftercare on our site at Blacksand Tattoo Co. | Now Open!. I would really appreciate if any of you could take some time to read the entry and give some feedback/suggestions regarding the process I describe in the post. Thanks!
Home again home again, reflecting on my day.
I have once again been blown away , and really kind of disheartened by jail tattoos.lol
In the past 2 weeks I have seen several full sleeves of jail tattoos done with sewing neeldles and playstation motors, etc.. reallyyyyy ghetto setups..
What perplexes and disheartens me is that this work I'm seeing often has more attention to detail and better shading than some of the stuff ive seen out of shops as of late lol..sigh.
The other half of me was awe-inspired by the artistry that can be accomplished with so little.. Grass roots stuff notmatter how you look at it. Human ingenuity..
I'm sure I will get used to seeing these things, and the contrast, but for now sometimes things still catch me off guard.
As for me..recent tattoo (I'm an apprentice. Learning): Cat skull sugar skull
Call me inspired.. seeing art done with that little really raises the bar for what we should be able to accomplish with fancy modern equipment, meters, inks, and training
Well..I've never written a blog entry before but this is as good a time as any.
I'm an apprentice..And as I read through posts about people having a hard time getting an apprenticeship I can't help but feel ridiculously fortunate to be in my position..
I have a university degree that I obtained doing what other people said I should do with my life.. worked my ass off.. then followed my heart..
I worked 3 jobs.. day job, side job, and working for free at the shop almost every evening..did all I could to help out, watch, learn, lug, clean, run errands..anything I could..and I loved every single minute of it just feeling greatful to have a shot at learning from a great artist that I respect as both a tattooer and a person.
I'm getting going into what I would call the beef of my apprenticeship now things are progressing and it's an exciting adventure every day that I do not take for granted.
My only reservation is networking with other artists- which is why I am here on last sparrow. I'm in a small town, and it is definitely clicky in this area with artists.. I'm fairly introverted socially and reserved until i get to know people..so I just keep quiet on that level.lol. This is a more comfortable way for me to do that :) Would love to network and see other folks work ( i always love seeing art/different takes and approaches on things)
as for me i'll just be plugging away daily trying to learn as much as I can and improve my art as much as possible
Listen to me and Nic Skrade talk about tattoos and art.
Part two of our "Talking with Tattoo Artists" series. This week we talked with Brian Kelly (10 years tattooing) and Nic Skrade (22 years tattooing) about their lives, art, thoughts about being creative, clients, and much, much more. Download the podcast MP3 here or subscribe via iTunes! Light Grey Art Lab: Podcast: Talking With Tattoo Artists (Part Two of Two)
A very concrete note: Some supplements can, like prescription blood thinners, affect bleeding and clotting. High doses of Vitamin E may cause people to bleed more freely. Also, some, like St. John’s Wort, affect sun sensitivity. I suspect that whatever changes happen in the skin from SJW could also affect tattoo healing.
Blow-outs happen and there is nothing you can do to fix them. Tattoos take 4 - 6 weeks to fully heal; you'll know what it's going to look like then. No tattoo is perfect. Enjoy the big picture, don't sweat the details.