Articles

Traditional Japanese Sleeve

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On November 8, 2014
   Gods of Thunder It is not my intent on this website to attempt to inform the reader on the esoteric idols of traditional Japanese tattooing; to understand, you must already know. This kind of arcane knowledge comes at a higher premium, it shouldn’t be coughed up carelessly. The ones that need to know will […]
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Traditional Tattoo Sleeve

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On November 5, 2014
  American Traditional Tattoo Sleeve – Do It Again All Jeff’s traditional tattoo sleeve needs to do now is heal. I spoke before about Jeff’s work ethic when it comes to his tattoos- “get it done.” When you look down your arm and see that your sleeve is finished it is an incredibly proud feeling […]
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Everything a Tattoo Should Be

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On October 24, 2014
>   Compact Colour Combo Back when I first started getting tattooed there was a little storefront space in a shopping strip down on Georgia Street. By word of mouth only, we knew that this was Romero’s Tattoo Studio. You didn’t see his work on the waitresses or musicians around town. The 10 or 12 heavily […]
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Chinese Hero & Demon Tattoo

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On October 9, 2014
   Chinese Hero and Demon, 11×14 watercolor A tattoo artist paints flash to give his customers an idea of tattoos he might like to do. These are a part of a larger whole that I want to accomplish, “Five masks of the world”. I love white paper, stand-alone tattoos on otherwise bare skin; these portraits, […]
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Traditional Japanese Tiger Tattoo

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On September 27, 2014
   Tiger, Rock, Water, Clouds, and Flowers This outline stage tattoo went on one of our local musicians whose music is a mixture of Country, Soul, and Rock. All those hours of sitting behind the drum set and his guitars have made this one tough sonofabitch. We were able to outline the whole 3/4 length […]
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Yellow Rose of Texas

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On September 15, 2014
The yellow rose is an excellent choice for your Texas tattoo. Whether you have been here all your life, or are about to move away, or are just here on vacation, many have felt the desire to make the moment last with a Texas tattoo. How can I not automatically think of two beautiful women […]
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Open for Business

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On September 3, 2014
Tattooing is a seasonal business, a trendy business, a feast or famine business. Tattooing is a great partner, a cruel mistress, the actual sound of the pastimes of the gods. Tattooing is many things because it involves an ever-growing number of participants. Money, fashion, and fads dictate much of what is put on today. Deep […]
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Healed and Ready For Shading

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On August 21, 2014
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 […]
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Yin, and Yang

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On August 16, 2014
  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 […]
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Tattoos as a Privilege, not a Right

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On August 7, 2014
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 […]
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