My first sleeve.

There are a lot of firsts in life, this is one of them.  Clocked in my first full sleeve, finished during my NYC trip this past month.  I couldn’t be more appreciative of Matt for trusting me and working on this project with me.  After a few months of planning and revisions we settled on a drawing.  We started in July 2014, eight sessions and 25.5 hours or work later we finished in February 2015.  I’m very stoked on this and forever grateful for Matt’s dedication to coming in on a regular basis and putting up with me moving halfway across the country before finishing this for him!  Here’s how everything unfolded over the eight sessions.

Our plan (many hours)

final drawing

Session 1 (2.5 hours)

Matt D Session 1

Session 2 (3.5 hours)

Matt D Session 2

Session 3 (3.5 hours)

Matt D session 3

Session 4 (2 hours)

Matt D session 4

Session 5 (3 hours)

Matt D Session 5

Session 6 (3 hours)

Matt D Session 6

Session 7 (3 hours)

Matt D Session7

Session 8 (5 hours and finished)

final

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Attention NYC, IMMA Coming for you!

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So it does and doesn’t feel like it’s been a long time, but I’m going to be back in NYC working at INKMAN TATTOO Feb 5, 6, and 7th.  Email me if you want to get some work done.  I still have time available on the 5th.  I’m looking forward to this trip!

Peace,
-J

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New Digs, living large in the Gateway to the West.

Sooo I moved, if you hadn’t noticed. My family and I are now in St. Louis, MO and I’m kicking out the jams at TRX Tattoos & Piercings on South Grand Blvd.
You can find me working Sundays thru Wednesdays every week.  I’m currently booking larger work for January, so if you’d like to get the ball rolling on something, I’m looking for clients who want large (i.e. half sleeves and up) Japanese style work.  That being said, in the meantime swing by and let’s do some fun tattoos, I’m usually available for walk-ins at the moment.  I’ve got plenty of designs ready to go in my “shit I wanna do” book.  Plus most of the flash you see in my portfolio is up for grabs as well.
In the mean time here’s some of the work I’ve been doing over the last month and change, I hope you enjoy.

Bathsheba had me do two more sessions on her magpie (this is healed after our third session) more to come.
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Amanda was sweet enough to hit me up for this STL love Fleur de lis… and she brought me cookies (total win!)
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Anna let me do my thing with an image she brought in and I had a lot of fun with this.
Anna

Melanie had me add this cherry tree branch to her bluebird cover up that Laura did for her.
cherry blossoms

Sometimes the funnest part to you day is doing something seemingly simple, but this is fucking CatBug people and Rebecca was awesome!
CatBug

There are a handful of people I know and love that have let me tattoo them when I was first starting out and Elena is one of them. I got to add this to her collection and I’m still grateful for her friendship and business.
unicyclist

Ben Ben Ben, this dude is awesome and I’m stoked to finally be tattooing this guy! (more to come on this one)
Ben's Tiger

Blue is a rad dude and we’ve gotten to know each other over these two tattoos. I’m grateful for his trust! The skull is a cover up of what you see to the right of it.
dead rose
Blue cover-up

This is Jason’s first tattoo. While this isn’t the greatest photo it was a fun tattoo and I’m looking forward to seeing it healed.
Jason's knife

 

Thanks to everyone

J.

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The whole gang’s here!

So I used to work at this fruit stand for the longest time, even when I was starting to tattoo. Having worked there has provided me with some of the best friends and a large part of my clientele. So it’s always a good time when a huge gaggle of them show up and we have a good old fashioned hoe down.
the gang 1
Sean still has the largest collection of tattoos by me.

the gang 3
Allison was kind enough to trust me with the great master Picasso

the gang 2
Andrew made me sweat over these, filling in gaps between two Mike Moses pieces.

the gang 4
Drew has the sexiest grill I know of!

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Crummy photo of a fun birthday tattoo, thanks Vinnie!

Much love to these guys,
J.

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Healing and remembering.

I’ve known Brock for a good while now and have tattooed him a few times so it was a pleasure to get to work with him again. However, this is one of those projects that while you have fun doing it, it’s hard at the same time. I was honored to work with Brock and his wife Katherine on these in memoriam pieces. You two are some very strong people and I’m happy to know you!

Brock and Katherine 2

Brock and Katherine 1

Thanks for looking,
J.

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Things are getting flashy.

Christian got a hold of me about doing a piece from one of my flash sheets I had done a while back. I had fun getting to do this, thanks again man!

christian

christian ref

Thanks for looking,
J.

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Our Journey continues

Really happy with how this is progressing.  5th session on Matt’s sleeve.
matt d Session 5

Thanks for looking,
J.

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