Whale Migration

Yes, it’s that time of year.  Whales are beginning to migrate as you read this… okay, not here in Minnesota where it’s currently -1º and we have no ocean shores, but in far off balmy climates where the ocean waves are rolling and the sun feels hot to your skin.  (Let’s pause a minute and enjoy that thought…………) Wait!  Here’s a photo of this week’s tattoo to help transport you there:

Blue Whale

If I could edit time like LA Ink edits their footage, this back piece could be completed in one one hour show… I bet Michael would appreciate that.  Oh well, one more reminder that life is not reality tv.  This is the most recent installation of this work in progress.  While the whale and her watery digs are the focal point, I’m working with the existing Newgrange spirals above and Celtic knot work below in order to create a smoothly flowing piece.

“Always waiting for some Batman to save you…”

Thanks for the quote, Catwoman…

Jim Lee BatmanAnd thanks to the art and inspiration of  Jim Lee, Cooter has this sweet new tattoo!  On top of being far out, this design is also a cover up.  I was so stoked to get going on this piece that I completely spaced taking a “before” photo of the previous tattoo… a bull.

Cooter and I had all kinds of fun hanging out, talking music (Cooter is a touring bassist), generations of Batman comics, kids, art and ink.  You rock, Cooter!  And props to Jim Lee!

Now for the thought of the day… an old school Batman quote:

Batman: One: “What has yellow skin and writes?”
Robin: A ballpoint banana.
Batman: Exactly! Two: “What people are always in a hurry?”
Robin: Rushing people? Russians!
Batman: Right again! Now, what would you say they mean?
Robin: Banana… Russian… I’ve got it! Someone Russian is gonna slip on a banana peel and break their neck!
Batman: Precisely, Robin! The only possible meaning!

2010 the Year of the Tiger

Tribal Dragon

… the tiger, not the dragon.  BUT, this dragon rocks… so let’s highlight it anyway.

Morris created his original design, then I refined it to fit in proportion to his shoulder and to flow with the shape of his back.  This dragon reflects another piece, while a different subject, that we rendered in a similar style on his other shoulder.

Fit and flow are the components that breathe life into your tattoo.  This is a dragon well represented… and hey, nobody wants an unhappy dragon.  A wise person once said, “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

Wishing you a prosperous New Year!

“In the New Year, may your hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.”  (Irish toast)

“Lang may yer lum reek” (“May there always be a fire in your hearth”, Scottish Toast)

Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!  (Wishing you a prosperous New Year!)

Frost on Window, New Years Day in Minnesota

Frost on Window, New Years Day in Minnesota

the Last Tattoo of 2009

we're not horsing around here...

Here it is… drum roll please… the last tattoo of 2009… freshly inked!  And a coverup too… complete evolution of pics to be posted soon.  (Postscript… the completed photos of this cover up are posted in the 1.28.10 blog.)

Hey everybody, have a safe and happy New Year!  See you in 2010…

From the Photo Archives

Bluebird and Autumn LeavesHere’s a fun pic of a colorful piece from my archives!  Old school (not in the fun way) tattoo artists insist that tattoos require a heavy black outline.  “Not true” I say!  While the black outline does serve a meaningful purpose in some designs, there are situations in which the black is unnecessary.  When we look at objects in life, the only time we see a black edge is when the subject is in shadow.  When an item is illuminated we see color.  So, when we render a subject as a tattoo it rocks to go all the way and render it in full living color!

Welcome to the new digs!

Art With a Point Website ScreenshotHey there!  Welcome to the brand spanking new Art With a Point website!  Completely redesigned, more interactive and user friendly!  (And its handsome too!)  Anyway, I see you’ve found the blog, so while you’re here say ‘hello’!  Check out the portfolios for some new pics… and if you’re a user of FaceBook and Twitter, you can visit my pages by clicking those nifty little icons below.  See them?  They’re right down there to the right…  Be sure to stop back regularly to check out whats new and hey, why not tell your friends about the site?  This will be a great place to connect and keep in touch!  So keep on coming back…

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Transformation of a Tattoo, part 3

GrafCoverUpOnce you’re ready to transform that old tattoo, trying to come up with a new idea that you know will work over the old can be mind bending. Begin by coming up with three ideas you’d like for a brand spanking new tattoo, then schedule a design consultation and we’ll sit down and talk tattoos. Chances are, at least one of your three ideas will work as a cover up. During your consultation we’ll zoom in on which idea to focus on, how we’ll go about integrating the old with the new, and we’ll schedule your appointment for the cover up to take place.

Nothing is permanent. Life changes and so do we. Will the tattoos I have when I’m eighty be the same tattoos I have now? Not a chance… I’ve already covered or transformed several of my first tattoos into new designs that better reflect where I am now on my journey.

Transformation of a Tattoo, part 2

Sunflower Cover UpIf tattoos are permanent, how can we transform them into something else?  Such is the craftsmanship of a quality tattoo cover up, a transformative process that weaves the previous tattoo into the greater tapestry of the new design.

Cover ups offer many options ranging from the ability to cover an existing tattoo with an entirely new tattoo, to breathing life into the old tattoo by reworking lines and color.  Cover ups also facilitate consistency by preserving elements of an existing tattoo while smoothly integrating the old with the new in an expanding, extensive piece.

The previous tattoo will always remain with us, a bookmark from years past woven invisibly into the updated expression of who we are and where we are at present.

Stay tuned for part three; in the meantime forward this message to a friend and then meet up and share your own stories, ideas or questions about cover ups on the Art With a Point FaceBook page.