November 11th, 2014

Lichtenstein! Fun with bold, primary colors and solid, crisp line work!

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November 10th, 2014

Spending this snowy Monday training tattoo artists from the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, as well as MN health officials in the Prevention of Disease Transmission in Tattooing. How dedicated are professional tattooists to health and safety? Every person pre registered made it through the snowstorm – two drove three hours in the storm – plus thirteen more registered at the door.

Proud to be a part of a freaking awesome industry!

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October 20th, 2014

Here’s a nice coverup from today! While I prefer to avoid relying on black and gray to cover color, this design lent itself well for several reasons:

1. Size large – bigger always covers better than smaller.
2. Detail – serves well to distract from the underlying tattoo.
3. Shading and texture – the black shadows and textures provide ways to camoflage existing lines and color.
4. Flexibility – with coverups it’s always helpful to be willing to have some flexibility with everything from detail to size and position.

If you have questions about coverups, email me.

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October 14th, 2014

Check out this first tattoo! Yes, you heard that right. His first tattoo.
 This custom tattoo half sleeve was developed to fit and flow with the specific placement Josh requested. The detail and geometry within the tattoo were based on several reference images he provided that contained specific patterns he wanted to incorporate.
 And here’s the piece at the end of the first appointment. One more sitting to go!

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October 10th, 2014

This is one of my all time favorite tattoos! Pony Bunyan and Babe! There’s nothing more awesome than a whimsical sense of humor, and a tattoo concept customized to reflect the wearer.
 Pony Bunyan was originally done at the Safe Schools for ALL Youth fundraiser that I held. Several tattoo shops around the country did similar events. In this context, those of us sporting the MLP tattoos are doing so in solidarity with youth facing adversity based on who they are or what they like.
 We say, be yourself!

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October 8th, 2014

Enjoying some drawing time today between clients with coffee and tunes! This piece will be an extensive panel. A geometric custom tattoo that will start with a half sleeve and then wrap up over the shoulder and transition into a pectoral panel. Stay tuned for more photos!

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October 6th, 2014

Fresh pea pods! Originally based off of a woodcut design of a single pea pod, we customized this tattoo to represent a number of life passages. And added some greens to give the woodcut style vibrancy.

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October 5th, 2014

A watercolor lotus tattoo! Love the deep palette of colors here and the way the palette works with negative space to create depth within the bloom. The nice size provides room for detail within each petal in this custom watercolor tattoo.

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September 16th, 2014

Today was an awesome memorial tattoo. Custom-abstract-watercolor-portrait-stylized goodness. Super fun. And honored to help honor her Dad. Here’s the preliminary concept sketch and the completed tattoo.

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September 12th, 2014

So this was today! A great start on a full thigh panel of custom armor. Oh. And a coverup! Looking forward to finishing this in a couple of weeks!

Also, I added a few new photos to the gallery. Check them out here:

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