Things are getting bigger.

So this year has quickly ramped up to be the year of the sleeve.  Here is a first look at a Zeus vs Hades piece I’m working on (click the photo for a closer look).  Also here’s another first look at the final drawing of a fujin/raijin sleeve I’m hopefully gonna start soon (forgive the watermark but people on the internet suck sometimes).

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Photo (word) vomit… the newest of the new.

Being a father/husband tattooer having extra time is few and far between soooo this is going to be an all encompassing “update” dump of what I’ve been up to. I have four big projects in the works right now, one of which I’m giving you a peak at today. These bigger pieces take me quite a while to plan and plot out since working on a large scale takes a different approach. I’m still figuring out my “work-flow” for this kind of work, but I’m having a blast with it. Any how, dun dun dun daaahhh! Heres the bottom half to Phil’s sleeve that has been in the planning stages for nearly a year and we just started putting it on him not too long ago. We are three sessions in now (this first picture is after session #2 [click on it to see a bigger version]).
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Having worked for Apple for so long a lot of my clients are still friends from those day, which I’m very grateful for. Got to do this pi/möbius strip mashup for my buddy Alex.
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My client that I did that warrior girl on is turning into a regular for me. He came back two more times to have me repaint some of his old tattoos, and we have at least one more to do. These have been great lessons for me. (gargoyle and whitesnake)
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Matching shoulder roses is also becoming a thing for me, and I’m not complaining about it (other than tattooing right on the shoulder is a pain in the ass for my lower back, lol). Did these matchy match roses on Remi last night, thanks for hanging in there dude!  (the lettering on his chest is not by me)
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To finish this off here is a healed shot of the flaming skull I did earlier this year. Thanks to Joe for swinging by to show this to me!
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peace,

J.

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Warriors of the Night

I haven’t painted in a while and it’s bumming me out.  However I’ve done some fun tattoos and am working on some bigger pieces that I’m excited to show off soonish.

Here’s a fun warrior girl walk-in that I did.  It’s based off of some sweet Mauricio flash from the 90s, hope you enjoy.

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More like this please!

I love drawing skulls and I always appreciate walk-in tattoos that are badass.   This was no exception, thanks Joe!
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Thought you might like to see the progress of a walk-in drawing.  (L-R: initial sketch, tightening up, redrawing flames after some feedback, final drawing)
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Also if anyone is interested, I’d love to do this Fudo Myo-o Sword.  Hit me up if you are interested and serious.
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Peace,
J.

 

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Healing vibes

I always love getting healed photos of my work.  I learn more from seeing my tattoos after they’ve settled.  You never tattoo just for the fresh photos.  I had a lot of fun with this piece and I’m really happy with how it healed up.  Thanks for taking care of her Kat!

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You better know how to write.

I’ve quickly realized that lettering is the single most popular thing I’m doing now a days, especially at the beginning of my career.  I’m not about to complain about it either, I really have a good time with it when I’m allowed to do my thing.  So I always try and talk the client into letting me draw up what they want, it always looks better as a tattoo that way.  And there is no shortage of inspiration with the likes of NORM, BJ Betts, Big Meas and loads of others slaying the writing game on a daily basis.

Here as are some of my latest efforts.  The top two were spontaneous walk-ins, the last one we scheduled out so I could map it all out.  No matter the flavor I have fun and am always humbled that I get to do this for a living.

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Thanks for looking.  As always you can find me at Inkman Tattoo on 64th st Saturdays – Tuesdays 1-9pm.

Peace,

J

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Squiggly Bastard… an introspection

A little while ago I was approached by my buddy Josiah (Ape House) to do a video interview.  His work is a way of highlighting the people he knows and gives you some insight as to what they are about.  I’m honored he asked me.  Hope you enjoy it.

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