This tattoo was so important for me on a couple levels. First, it was the first time I've been able to do a tattoo this large without anything to work around or cover up. Second, and way more important to me, it's on my wife. So, when I finished it and decided to post it I asked her if she wouldn't mind explaining a little bit of what her Back Piece is about. Here's what she had to say.
This piece is the culmination of feelings about many of the issues of today. Some of these issues have come up in the past, most notably in George Orwell's book "1984" and so this tattoo could be described as a creative visualization of that novel. The lamb/ human figures are representative of all things that are good and innocent about mankind: curiosity, naivete, kindness, tolerance, etc. The robot is symbolic of all of the forces that corrupt those "good things." The corrupting forces could be technology, government, greed, etc. On the robot's screen is a face reminiscent on "Big Brother" in Orwell's novel. To entice the lamb/ human to their destruction, the robot uses the faux snails on the tips of its tentacles. Although it may seem sinister, there is an optimistic element to this tattoo that comes across in the foreground.
I'm excited to let everyone know about a great new book I got asked to be part of. It's called Color Tattoo Art (Comics, Cartoon, Pin-Up, Manga, New School). It just came out. I got my copy yesterday and man is it big. It's full of some of my favorite Tattoo Artists and that makes me even more proud to be part of this book. If you'd like to find out more about Color Tattoo Art, see a full Artist list, or buy a copy for yourself go check out needlesandsins.com .
Thank you Marisa Kakoulas for asking me to be part of this project.
This little peacock is so precious, she's hugging herself. I had a lot of fun with this tattoo. I don't usually get a chance to make stuff really happy and cute, but in this case I went all out. Sara wanted a peacock to match her bubbly fun personality, so this is what she got. I hope she loves it and I hope you like it too.
Got to do this crazy T-Rex the other day at the new studio. Jerry drove up from Tennessee to have me inflict a little pain on his ribs. I met him while I was over doing a Guest Spot at my buddy Robert Jarrett's shop, 2 Ton Tattoo in Kingsport. I think we might add a little background the next time I'm down at Rob's shop. He took it like a champ and I don't think it tickled too much. Thanks, Jerry.
My friend Parry Chotipradit invited me to Cincinnati for the Tattooed Life Tour, and I'm glad he did. We had a great time! Plenty of pranks and fun. I got to do a couple really nice pieces. Usually when I do a convention I just hang at the hotel, but after the convention was over on Sunday we decided to go out to dinner with a group of friends. Great food! After dinner we walked back to the hotel in a big group. We had a crazy Car Wash moment. For anyone that's friends with me on Facebook, you can check out a few photo highlights there. Anyways, it was a good time and I hope to have more like this down the road. Here's a couple photos from the weekend.
I know I'm posting this a bit late, but I've had tons of stuff going on. My Florida trip went great! I got to finish up some fun tattoos that I left undone when I moved to Virginia. I got to hang out with all my buddies at King Street Body Gallery. I got to go over and hang out with a bunch of great artists at the Steadfast compound in Orlando forGunnar's "Story To Tell" project. I didn't get to paint but I had a great time watching and talking to the other artists. Hopefully Gunnarwill be bringing his Story To Tell project to Virginia. Most importantly I got to hang out with my Mom & a few friends. I miss them the most when I think of Florida. Thanks to everyone for making my trip so much fun. I didn't get pictures of all the tattoos, but here's a couple that I did. Hope you like.
to feature my tattooing back in 2005. I was part of an article called "6 Artists to Watch in 2006". Well, plenty of things have happened in my life & career since then and now PRICK has decided to feature my art in their current issue.
Check it out if you get a chance.
If you can't get your hands on a copy of the magazine