Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention 2016

It’s back! This weekend the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention hits town!

Watch Twin Cities tattoo artists at work as well as artists from Ink Master, Best Ink and Tattoos After Dark, generate ideas for your own art, and check out entertainment including burlesque, the Enigma and suspension!

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Alliance of Professional Tattooists

Professional development day! Forty tattoo artists and half a dozen Health Department officials from across Minnesota are attending the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc. Prevention of Disease Transmission in Tattooing course today!

Thank you Psycho Suzi’s for providing the classroom, the coffee fix and tasty grub!

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Armour Full Sleeve

The Fun-O-Meter needle is topping out on this one!
 I spent the day in blacksmith mode, customizing this full sleeve of armour. I drew most of the design directly on his arm in order to maximize fit and flow within the design. Looking forward to phase two when we complete the coverup, add the chainmail and incorporate shading to provide texture and dimension.

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Lace Garters

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about lace tattoos, which are hot! Here’s a link with some really nice examples of lace garters.

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Molecular Tattooing

Sometimes it can be hard to choose just one when you have a few different ideas going. And sometimes different ideas just don’t jive well… But then again sometimes they do!

Kathy came in and had a couple of ideas – either a molecule, or a Celtic armband… Or maybe even both. So – oh yes we did! Super fun to put such a unique twist into the knot work!

This is what rocks about getting a custom tattoo!

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Pro Tip: Tattoo Cover Ups

Pro Tip for covering up an old tattoo: Go for what you really want rather than settling for less than something that will rock your world. The last thing you want to do is trade in one tattoo you feel lukewarm about for another tattoo you feel lukewarm about, right? Exactly. So, my first question to someone interested in a tattoo cover up is, “If you were getting a brand new, fresh custom tattoo… and the sky is the limit… what would your tattoo be?” People are usually surprised by this question because the general perception seems to be that successfully covering up a tattoo is an almost impossible task. And as it turns out, it’s absolutely possible. And successful. Fun even. In fact… cover ups are one of my favorite things to do!
 In my book, there are a couple of hard and fast rules for cover ups. First, we’ll need to go a little larger with the new tattoo in order to fully encompass the old tattoo within the new tattoo while having a little room to spare. Does this mean you’ll have to get an enormous back piece just to get a cover up? No. (Well, unless you’re covering an enormous tattoo, then probably.) But if you’re covering an average to small sized tattoo like the gecko in this series of photos, you won’t even need to go as big as Ashley did. (She liked the design so much that when we stenciled it on she decided to go bigger, so we enlarged it another 30%! As the old tattoo saying goes, “Go big or go home!”)
 Secondly, flexibility with color and shading is key since that’s how we’ll go about camouflaging the old tattoo within the new tattoo for a seamless cover up. Using color and shading to in essence “camouflage” the old tattoo adds depth, contrast, and even texture to the new tattoo design – all of which make the new tattoo “pop” and the old tattoo fall away into the past.
 When taking these two things into account, we can now think outside of the box in terms of design and create something distinctive that represents you now, rather than the you from back then. There’s no reason to be stuck with a *meh* tattoo when you could have a beautiful, custom tattoo that you feel awesome wearing!
 Check out more cover ups here!

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So many possibilities

So many possibilities when starting the day at Art Materials – WOOHOOO! And check out out this fabulous tattoo coloring book! Bought one for my kiddo (and one for me too!).

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Scratch Art by Tattooists unique gift

Looking for a unique gift for the art lover or tattoo collector in your life? Check out the Scratch Art Project – a project by Guy Aitchison, who requested original art from hundreds of tattoo artists (including Awen Briem here at Art With a Point!) and compiled them into this fantastic collection of scratch art by tattooists. Here’s a peek at the book in a quick video!

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Watercolor Cherry Blossoms

This watercolor cherry blossom and wave piece was a blast! A style that I’m seeing more and more people seek in their tattoos, translating the style and feel of a painting into the medium of tattooing. In this piece I love the juxtaposition of straight up color with black and gray.

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Color wheel

I’ve always thought Spirograph would make for a fabulous tattoo. This one comes close… Loved doing it! (And still looking for that Spirograph design.)

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