This post isn’t about Pirates at all but it is about one of my favorite clients who is well on her way to rivaling Sean for caring the most tattoos by me.

Shannon is awesome.  She picked up my skull hydrangea piece I had hanging up in the shop after I had done a little walk-in ‘coordinates’ tattoo for her.  Since then we’ve added this indian girl head and are planning some more things here in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.  I whole heartedly appreciate her laissez faire approach to the tattoos she has me do, thank you my dear!

Oh and if you want a great massage then go find Shannon at Morgan Ford Massage Therapy, she’s the reason I’m not hunched over and crying after a full week of work!

Shannon 1 Shannon 2

Seeing your work healed is a treat, cause it doesn’t always happen too often.  Plus I’m very green behind the ears and never feel like I know what the hell I’m doing anyway.  So having the opportunity to scrutinize your work once it’s settled in is very educational.  The first two are about a month old and the last one is probably 6 months old.  Seeing them side by side is fun (healed vs. fresh).  Enjoy.

Victoria Healed Victoria Randy Randy fresh Melaniemelanie

As I was saying last week color is my weakness.  But I know that if I keep my pallet simple I can make it work and have a lot of fun in the mean time.  Below are some of the color pieces I’ve had fun doing so far this year.  The butterflies being struck by lightning was the 5th tattoo I ever did.  I had redone the line work in New York about a year or so ago, and we finally got to finish it off.  Also you can click on the Phoenix in order to see it much bigger.

small stuff 1 John Elise peanuts StitchDannyDiane Phoenix  Christian Aaron

I think most people start off drawing with a pencil.  I have a thoroughly stuffed box of drawings from my childhood and I’d say 90% of them are from a #2 pencil.  Up until the pass 3-4 years I never “got” color.  That is to say I never learned color theory, never studied it or took the time to understand the principles behind it.  So until recently I’ve built my skill set around the grey scale, and I’ve gotten pretty confident in my techniques.  My critics will say my look is too “clean,” and they’re right.  I usually shoot for a smooth soft gradient with a decent amount of contrast.  But I’m still playing around with different techniques and where I can, I try for a looser dare I say grittier feel.  Also I’ve been pushing my self to use smaller liner groupings as a way to build up my drafting skills.  It also naturally slows me down a little so I can concentrate more on my technical abilities.  It’s working but it also means I’ve been having to do more stretches and use my foam roller and tennis ball more frequently.  Belly aching be damned here are some black and grey pieces I’ve done recently.

Clifford Jai couples 1 couples 2  AlexMadison ken's ship (1) Teighlor 1st Portrait

I started doing mandalas this year and am having a lot of fun with it.  Now that I have a decent template and workflow I’ve removed most of the geometric stresses and am able to concentrate more on flow and design.  If you have been wanting to do something like this I am interested in exploring this subject matter further.  A special ‘thank you’ goes to Victoria, Tessa and Lori for being some of the first few to challenge me in this regard!

Victoria Tessa Lori

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

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.
bathsheba-third-session-healed-(composite-web)

Amanda was sweet enough to hit me up for this STL love Fleur de lis… and she brought me cookies (total win!)
Amandaweb

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.

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!

Vinnie composite
Crummy photo of a fun birthday tattoo, thanks Vinnie!

Much love to these guys,
J.

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.