Today I have The amazing local potter, professor and musician Carl Block coming in for a tattoo. I am excited for this chance to tattoo this prolific artist from down in Waxahachie Texas. I am honored he is coming to me for his traditional tattoo today. I am hoping that he will agree to a short interview after his session. I am going to prepare the questions now- and see if he will oblige us with an opportunity to see inside the heart, soul, and mind of this creative tornado of the folk art world, in this new program I am calling the law of 5. The Law of 5 with Carl Block How did you develop your iconic face jugs that a lot of us in North Texas are so familiar with?WEll theaters a long tradition of sculpting on pots… What comes to mind for you as you compare creating music to creating art? Can you talk about the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi? Describe what you love about tattoo art. Why did you choose to get tattooed by me today?Read More
In a recent article by Jessie with Live Beauty Health, Jessie asks several tattoo artists what their most ill-advised requests have been. The responses come from around the globe, mine is as follows: As to your question- “What is the most … Are you sure!? tattoo I’ve ever been asked to do?” Let me see how I can put this into words… Allow me to play the role of the devil’s advocate, as I often must, to achieve the best tattoos possible in this age of social media and mass exposure… After 22 years of tattooing I have learned that the most highly regretted tattoos are the ones that are the most trendy at the time! Tribal armbands, anyone? As a tattoo artist, the worst thing you can do for your customer is to give them a tattoo they will regret. The tattoo trends come and go, and each customer thinks they are the first to stumble upon it. But believe me, by the time you have fallen in love with that tattoo you saw on pinterest, thousands of people are wearing it already… After the customer notices her “feather turning into tiny black birds” on too many other women, […]Read More
August’s Dallas tattoo of the month proudly goes to Mr. Andy, an aerospace engineer who also enjoys the down-to-earth style of a traditional tattoo. With that said, there are three things that I am most proud of concerning Andy’s tattoo. The first would have to be that Mister Bob Roberts liked it and commented “Kool Style” about it on Instagram. It was awesome knowing that he is the best living practicing tattoo artist in the western world, and he is taking time to look at and enjoy some of my tattoo posts. Never mind that many of my friends, peers, or slightly older than I tattoo artists couldn’t be bothered to check in on my harsh style and my straightforward approach to this art I love. Often times in this world, it is a matter of many liking something just because others do. I am not in with that crowd. I am off to the side. I have my humble craft, and the ones who like it tend to think for themselves, be bold, and stand alone, much as I do. The second thing about this tattoo that is superlative is that it was all accomplished in a single session. […]Read More
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