ironchef

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    ironchef got a reaction from Woshafer in Dropping the Bomb, how your parents found out about your first tattoo!   
    Same here. I look like a straight up square, yet I have a partial body suit! haha! I occasionally smoke cigars in the summer only and don't touch the spirits in any way. People can't believe that I have tattoos!
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    ironchef got a reaction from Woshafer in Dropping the Bomb, how your parents found out about your first tattoo!   
    @BrianH I actually have and she's been very supportive with my tattoo projects. Best part is when she helps me out with the aftercare on the hard to reach areas of the back piece!
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    ironchef got a reaction from piccalilli in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from scottyg in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from piccalilli in Our Imperfect Skin: Scars, Stretch Marks, And More   
    This is a piece by Justin Weatherholtz at Kings Avenue. I saw it in person. Basically, this client had an acne issue and went to a dermatologist for an acne treatment shot. Problem was he turned out to be allergic to the medication and it scarred up the acne pretty badly. Justin tattooed in the scars and used the texture of the scarred skin to create an almost 3D effect. The blacks/greys in the water....that's scar dimpling and cavities that got filled in.

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    ironchef got a reaction from Tuchaka in Ass tattoos   
    Rubendall and Henning said I "buck the Asian stereotype" of having no ass :D

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    ironchef got a reaction from Machcekborrach in Snakes snakes snakes   
    Andre Malcolm has been doing some amazing snakes. These are from his blog:








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    ironchef got a reaction from Rob I in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from InkedMumma in Our Imperfect Skin: Scars, Stretch Marks, And More   
    This is a piece by Justin Weatherholtz at Kings Avenue. I saw it in person. Basically, this client had an acne issue and went to a dermatologist for an acne treatment shot. Problem was he turned out to be allergic to the medication and it scarred up the acne pretty badly. Justin tattooed in the scars and used the texture of the scarred skin to create an almost 3D effect. The blacks/greys in the water....that's scar dimpling and cavities that got filled in.

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    ironchef got a reaction from havetsherre in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from havetsherre in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Well it's been a year since I've had my back worked on and per our usual fall schedule, Henning was in town and this time we FINISHED my back! Some of you might have seen the updates via Instagram. So happy with this collaboration between Henning and Rubendall being completed! WARNING, PIC HEAVY!!! Put your browser on FULL SCREEN!
    The master himself, Henning Jorgensen. Such a great artist and humble man.

    Filling in the phoenix...tail feathers, breast, head and a few touch ups here and there.

    Such a pleasure watching Henning work. I was so stoked with the zebra/tiger striped pattern he chose for the remaining tail feathers.

    Touch up on a tender spot...the spare tire.

    Slowly getting there.

    Details details details...

    Close-up of the phoenix...beautiful!

    Full view from my right side. There was poor lighting inside since it was dark out, so they propped me up on a table and surrounded me with lights.

    A quick reminder of the work Mike Rubendall did on the lower half of this collaboration. LOVE his water!

    Another angle of my lower half.

    Here's the finished top half.

    Finished full back in all it's glory. My back is a sea of colors! Hope everyone enjoyed my show and tell! (don't mind the feet on the left or right, hahaha)

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    ironchef got a reaction from havetsherre in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Got in a session with Henning yesterday at Kings Avenue Manhattan. Haven't seen him in a year and naturally he had a lot of catching up to do on the back piece in comparison to the head start Rubendall has had, haha. It was another 6+ hour session and it was pretty brutal. Side ribs and spine are no fun as you'll see in the pictures and I found myself constantly questioning..."Why am I doing to this myself???" Probably the worst pain I have felt so far getting tattooed. We managed to line and shade the background on my right side and also part of my lower back. I will see Henning again this Friday to line some more feathers and shade in the left side background and maybe finish coloring my koi thigh piece. Strangely ironic that this is marathon week in NYC (The ING NYC Marathon to be exact) because that is what these crammed in LONG sessions feel like. But totally worth it in the end. Enjoy the pics folks.
    Doing some drawing to get a feel of what left side will be like come Friday

    Laying down the background and connecting it to Rubendall's work

    A little more close up with a different angle

    Masters watching masters at work: Chris O'donnell and Richard Pinch observing and lending advice to Henning. I was in awe!

    Can't see much from this pic but we got a lot done and I was totally spent. More to come this Friday

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    ironchef got a reaction from Petri Aspvik in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from beez in Our Imperfect Skin: Scars, Stretch Marks, And More   
    This is a piece by Justin Weatherholtz at Kings Avenue. I saw it in person. Basically, this client had an acne issue and went to a dermatologist for an acne treatment shot. Problem was he turned out to be allergic to the medication and it scarred up the acne pretty badly. Justin tattooed in the scars and used the texture of the scarred skin to create an almost 3D effect. The blacks/greys in the water....that's scar dimpling and cavities that got filled in.

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    ironchef got a reaction from Tiresius in Our Imperfect Skin: Scars, Stretch Marks, And More   
    This is a piece by Justin Weatherholtz at Kings Avenue. I saw it in person. Basically, this client had an acne issue and went to a dermatologist for an acne treatment shot. Problem was he turned out to be allergic to the medication and it scarred up the acne pretty badly. Justin tattooed in the scars and used the texture of the scarred skin to create an almost 3D effect. The blacks/greys in the water....that's scar dimpling and cavities that got filled in.

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    ironchef got a reaction from Fala in Ass tattoos   
    Rubendall and Henning said I "buck the Asian stereotype" of having no ass :D

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    ironchef got a reaction from polliwog in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Well it's been a year since I've had my back worked on and per our usual fall schedule, Henning was in town and this time we FINISHED my back! Some of you might have seen the updates via Instagram. So happy with this collaboration between Henning and Rubendall being completed! WARNING, PIC HEAVY!!! Put your browser on FULL SCREEN!
    The master himself, Henning Jorgensen. Such a great artist and humble man.

    Filling in the phoenix...tail feathers, breast, head and a few touch ups here and there.

    Such a pleasure watching Henning work. I was so stoked with the zebra/tiger striped pattern he chose for the remaining tail feathers.

    Touch up on a tender spot...the spare tire.

    Slowly getting there.

    Details details details...

    Close-up of the phoenix...beautiful!

    Full view from my right side. There was poor lighting inside since it was dark out, so they propped me up on a table and surrounded me with lights.

    A quick reminder of the work Mike Rubendall did on the lower half of this collaboration. LOVE his water!

    Another angle of my lower half.

    Here's the finished top half.

    Finished full back in all it's glory. My back is a sea of colors! Hope everyone enjoyed my show and tell! (don't mind the feet on the left or right, hahaha)

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    ironchef got a reaction from mtlsam in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from chrislj54 in Preferred tebori styles   
    I like Horimitsu of the Horitoshi Family a lot. His colors are also very vivid and bright. His designs take on an abstract approach at times to traditional Japanese tebori themes. I've follow his Instagram religiously. Missed out on an opportunity to get tattooed by him at this past NYC Tattoo Convention. Hopefully he'll come to the next one!





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    ironchef got a reaction from MrToby in Full Back Piece Thread   
    Henning requested pics of my healed back with a black background. Believe it or not, it was tough finding large enough black material like a curtain or spool of cloth but luckily my local dry cleaner had something I could borrow. I had to email him LARGE files because he may publish the photos in something. Fun looking at all the details. Maximize your browser!

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    ironchef got a reaction from JBluewind in Plainskins say the darndest things...   
    You might cringe at what I'm about to say, but I found that after getting tattooed, I've become less inhibited. If people ask, I have no problems dropping trow to show them the work I have. Of course it wouldn't be in the middle of the aisle at the local Walmart or Best Buy. But if its at the tattoo shop, at my home or someone else's home, full monty is no problem, hahaha
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    ironchef reacted to Benji in Full Back Piece Thread   
    My back in progress by Adam Kitamoto @ ten-ten tattoo
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    ironchef reacted to tatB in Full Back Piece Experience Thread   
    Finished my full back piece last Friday. I plan to write something about the experience but need time to collect and organize all my thoughts.
    by Mike Rubendall at Kings Ave:

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    ironchef reacted to Cork in Latest tattoo lowdown.....   
    Pushed as long as I could with Johan Svahn to get this far. Will finish on Johan's return to the States. Had a great time at the Kings Ave in Manhattan, very cool shop. It was great to see @ironchef and his incredible tattoos in person. I know you guys want to see more, slightly blurry, ass.
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    ironchef reacted to Cork in Latest tattoo lowdown.....   
    @Lance I'll elaborate on the story a bit, it was a fun trip after all.
    I show up at the shop around 12. Like I said, I came expecting the worst, but I wanted to exceed the expectation and knock this thing out in one day. Johan shows me the drawing, and in my head all I can hear is Gob from Arrested Development, "I've made a huge mistake." So much hair and little lines, fuck me. So we spend the next 45 minutes or so with general setup and talking about placement as I reconsider my goals for the day after seeing all those lines.
    All laid out, I assume the position. He starts low at the hip and works the way up in sections. The hip bone made my body vibrate, and the nerves radiated at certain times where I swear he put a line down my shaft, or up higher it felt like he ran over my nipple. Nothing worse than expected though. Nothing that made me break out in an instant cold sweat like when my lower back got hit. Just general "this sucks." so I was able to make it. @hogg recommended a focused breathing technique, and pretend to blow out candles from far away, well I blew out the equivalent of a forest fire over the course of the day. My lips were chapped and my throat was dry.
    Anyhow, after almost 4 hours of lines, I was again reassessing goals for the day. This was about the point when I was feeling the worst. I was almost ready to call it a day, but I was actually looking forward to pretending to be tough in front of @ironchef, so I pushed on.
    Johan and I had to be realistic about what was left, and what we thought we could finish that day. We opted for coloring the low hanging fruit; the horns, the belly, and the fire. Especially because we couldn't settle on body/hair colors.
    So after the first strip of fire, Johan can tell I'm close to the end and I might not make it. He offers some vasocaine spray. At first I'm a little reluctant, but after some time to consider it, I take him up on the offer. He assures me that for most people, it takes away ~50% of the pain. Well goddamn if it didn't work for me. At this point, ironchef shows up, and who knows what he thought of meeting me as I'm able to hold a conversation getting my ribs worked on. A second wind combined with relief from the spray, I felt really good at this point.
    We all talked and had a good time while Johan wrapped things up, and ironchef and I took obligatory nude pics together. I was out of the shop around 8 and on my way home for a shower and very restless sleep.