Today’s Tattoo

WZCelticI always get excited about having the opportunity to tattoo a portrait. It’s a style of tattooing that isn’t often requested, is extremely challenging, and incredibly distinctive. When tattooing a portrait, it’s important to have multiple clear photos to work from in order to most accurately render the subject. However, as you’ll see here, even when working from one photo an accurate photo realistic representation is possible.

Indelibly Inking With Intention

John Troyer (AKA Dr Death) and Awen discuss Memorial Tattoos

John Troyer (AKA Dr Death) and Awen discuss Memorial Tattoos

Wednesday evening’s event provided thought provoking conversation and insight that I’ve been reflecting on in the days since. For example, how fine a line we walk when defining Memorial Tattoos as separate from tattoos that mark life’s various transitions. All transition requires an end as well as a beginning, and often times these include struggle and grief, along with joy and celebration. Another example; while some images are instantly recognizable as traditional memorial motifs, many others are not. How then are we to know, when looking at a tattoo, that it’s a Memorial Tattoo? We may not know… but we do know that the art being worn is meaningful. When we choose what is meaningful for us and then express that meaning by indelibly inking it with intention, we are transformed. Thank you to everyone who attended, and for your willingness to share your stories, your perspectives and for posing terrifically unanswerable questions!

Wednesday Evening… Hey! That’s Tomorrow…

Dr DeathJoin us for an evening of discussion
A Constant in History: the Memorial Tattoo
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
West Bank Social Center
John Erik Troyer, from the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society, and I have discovered common ground in the subject of memorial tattoos, as both of our work is graced by the legacy of those we remember and miss. John and I have shared hours of conversation during his hours of getting tattooed, and we thought it would be fun and interesting to share a wider discussion on the topic. On Wednesday night, John will share a brief presentation (most recently shown in Edgbaston UK) followed by an interactive discussion.

We hope you’re able to join us!

West Bank Social Center, 501 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis 612.839.0810

A Shiver of Sharks

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I often describe tattoos serving as bookmarks in life. In this weeks blog I’m highlighting a beautiful example of celebrating a milestone and family. These shark tattoos mark a tenth wedding anniversary as well as honor the growth of this family from two to six over the last ten years… Happy Anniversary!

Join Us For an Evening of Discussion

Dr DeathJoin us for an evening of discussion
A Constant in History: the Memorial Tattoo
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
West Bank Social Center
John Erik Troyer, from the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society, and I have discovered common ground in the subject of memorial tattoos, as both of our work is graced by the legacy of those we remember and miss. John and I have shared hours of conversation during his hours of getting tattooed, and we thought it would be fun and interesting to share a wider discussion on the topic. On Wednesday night, John will share a brief presentation (most recently shown in Edgbaston UK) followed by an interactive discussion.

We hope you’re able to join us!

West Bank Social Center 501 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis 612.839.0810

Dr. Death Gets a New Tattoo

art with a point custom tattooDr. Death is back from Bath, England and ready for a new tattoo. His newest piece is a Celtic half sleeve designed by his friend, Nathan. This piece has nicely integrated references to Dr. Death’s other tattoos, and reflects the half sleeve on his left arm beautifully. The intricate detail in Celtic work makes the process of applying an elaborate outline such as this one rather intense. I expect six to eight hours of outlining alone. Photos of the outline will be posted later this week, so stay tuned.

Hold the date on July 29! Dr. Death – AKA John Troyer – from the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society talks memorial tattoos. His perspective on our cultural attitudes towards death and how we express them through tattooing is eye opening.

Come on down and join us in the discussion.

Evolution of a Tattoo, part 2

concept design and final tattoo

concept design and final tattoo

Another example of the evolution of a custom designed tattoo from draft to completed artwork. You’ll recognize the artwork from the blog entry dated July 4 of this year.

One aspect of this piece I enjoyed working with was the texturing in the armor. While we’re quick to think of how to add color or shading to a tattoo, incorporating texture into the piece is less common. While often under appreciated, textured detail adds significantly to a piece.

Evolution of a Tattoo

concept design, final design and completed tattoo

concept design, final design and completed tattoo

Today’s blog entry shows the evolution of a tattoo, from concept sketch to final draft and finally, the completed tattoo.  The concept sketch is a simple initial sketch which captures the flow of the arm and introduces the various design components.  The journey from concept sketch to final draft refines the design and begins to introduce some detail.  The most notable transformation comes during the tattoo application itself when full detail, shading, color and texture are introduced.

Celebrating the 4th

art with a point custom tattooYesterday I had the honor of celebrating the 4th of July by spending the day tattooing an Iraq Veteran who is celebrating his first 4th back in the U.S. in two years. I tattooed him two years ago prior to his shipping out, and was relieved to hear that he has returned home safely along with everyone in his unit. Thank you, Nathan for your service.