Secret Tattoos
div class="listing_meta"> July 31, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Tradition

There are the tattoos you never photograph, the moments you never pause, the likenesses you’ll never use. Maybe done on an underworld client, maybe just a special girl, maybe a rock and roller, at 4am. I did handmade tattoos just to return to the roots. I did special request tattoos because of who they were on, not what they were. Rites of passage you don’t interrupt with a photo; Savage memories from a history not so long ago. Rose of No Man’s Land flash from my zine, Coconut Wars, 2007.

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Sumi Sketch, 5 AM
div class="listing_meta"> July 28, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Flash

Finished reading Wear your Dreams, watched Corbin’s Tattoo Age. My mind was spinning with information and filled with an inspiration overload. Seeing a picture of the backpiece that is worn by d.a.i .u.h,  the Jerry originals showing up in the shop last week, all the great interviews in Tattoo Artist Magazine, experiencing some of these keystones in person, tattoos you see in the hotel hallway at the San Francisco tattoo convention, Visual Flurries, etc.

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A Tattoo from Last Night
div class="listing_meta"> July 28, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Tattoos

I was happy that my client requested color in his memorial to his Mother. I felt that I got a chance to do this classic motif justice, now that my drafting skills have improved. I believe the color really adds emotion to the piece and gives it a sense of harmonious balance. The interplay between the colors seems to suggest a solemn celebration, rather than brooding grief. Also, this tattoo is a messenger for breast cancer awareness, a call to action, a dedication to strength. With this much inherent power, is it any surprise that tattooing has been castigated by government and religion in modern times? And now, with such rising popularity, has it become necessary for those powers-that-be to buy it, usurp it, and water it down to market it back to us?

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Flash, 11×14, 5 prints, $100
div class="listing_meta"> July 19, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Store

Flash Prints   I apologize that my store page is not equipped to accommodate instant orders. What began as an attempt to add more photos to my website has now become a goal to make some of my work available for purchase through my website. I will post new items for sale from time to time. For now, please email me, at which point you can PayPal me, send a check, or money order. Thank you for looking, and I hope that we can do business sometime. Is there anything that you would like to see featured? Please let me know!

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In-Progress Tattoos
div class="listing_meta"> July 15, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Irezumi

Large tattoos come together over many sessions. Often, a tattooer will wait until the end of the project to document a piece. This may take months, years. The process is expensive and painful. Many tattoos never get finished, abandoned for one reason or another.   Repeat client, Will, returns yet again for more relaxing pain. We tattoo the fires of his Hell Scroll red, orange, and gold around still only outlined figures of tormentor oni or demons.  

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