Healed and Ready For Shading
div class="listing_meta"> August 21, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in In-Progress

Jeff likes to come in for four hours at a time and get work done. The first session consisted of us standing at the counter and going through some tracings and drawings, mostly stuff by the late B.G., and then jumping in the chair, and outlining the main designs. Over a couple more sessions we completed the sleeve, free images floating on an open background of skin. Enough is not enough. We return to the sleeve to add background. I come to work with the idea to make the background more extensive than we had originally planned. I wanted to make the background dense. So I added many elements. Here is a picture of the healed lifework. Shading tonight went well, Tons of Black, a bunch of Grey, shaded his whole arm. Looked pretty good. Tattoos just look better the more of them there are. The closer they get together. The more that they become complete. The more hours you put into them. The more the pictures come to life.

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Yin, and Yang
div class="listing_meta"> August 16, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Tattoos

  Yin, and Yang A clean back, a white piece of paper, amazingly inspirational and full of possibility…  I like to choose Simplicity…  Overwrought ideas look nervous, unsure of themselves… or cluttered, like a Dirty Closet… or suffocated, the line choked, unable to breathe… Most of this just things I’ve learned the hard way, what not to do… All these opinions resting on the back burner til the next act of art is committed … When will it be? And who will be the benefactor? Stay tuned.

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Tattoos as a Privilege, not a Right
div class="listing_meta"> August 7, 2014 by Carl Hallowell in Tradition

Tattoos are a personal gift, given from one person to another. A tattoo can be applied to one’s own person by oneself, however, most are not. Tattoo artists must acknowledge that you cannot tattoo without the client, yet none of us are entitled to any client at all. Without both Artist and Client, a tattoo cannot exist. Can this fact be responsible for some of tattooing’s amazing power? It’s Mojo?… Candidly, many clients complain to me whilst in my chair, “We called so and so by our house and they only had one artist working!” Or, “We went there and they were already closed!” Am I so lucky to have remained open that night? The exasperation and demanding demeanor of these clients is less than conducive to good tattooing, to say the least. In a world where everything has become a commodity, mass produced god-knows-where by god-knows-who, in order to be sold to the lowest bidder… Tattooing remains a True Business, enabled by Respect, and continued only by Honest Practice. Do not settle for convinience and copycat artists, fly by night guys, beginners that you can bully as you please. Introduce yourself to a tattoo artist who has been recommended […]

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What was great to me about these was that they decided to get an image based tattoo in the end. They had originally brought in a picture on their iphone of lettering alone. While tattoo lettering can be very cool, nothing beats that strong black shading, those open fields of color. It just looks like a tattoo. And that’s the goal. Let’s Tattoo!

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