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From skeleton to swallow

Completion of a coverup – from skeleton to custom swallow and roses! Color, texture and movement go a long way to a successful tattoo!

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Dala Horse

We just finished Amanda’s Dala horse, honoring her Grandmother. Amanda wanted black and gray, but she also wanted some color. I think the juxtaposition of the simplicity of the horse with the detail of the color gives this custom tattoo a *snap*
 



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Spent today designing a full custom tattoo sleeve for my buddy Eric, and we’re all set to get started tomorrow!
 Cannot. Wait.
 
 And now that Eric’s design is set, my attention turns to beginning a portrait! Since I’m all wrapped up in designing, I’m posting a photo from the tattoo archives. This is my best pal Tara’s half sleeve. A fusion of Celtic, abstract, Gothic, black and gray with a *pop* of color – from concept art to finished product.
 

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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!
 
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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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SUN to warm a Minneapolis morning!

SUN to warm a frozen Minneapolis morning! A fantastic example of a custom tattoo design utilizing the impact of color without the use of black!
 

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Cloud Cult inspiration

Love this project! Original painting by Connie Minowa of Cloud Cult!

And you can check out this fresh ink by checking out the band “Battery Boy” (with Shannon Frid, violinist for Cloud Cult) at their CD release party on Saturday, 6/21 at 10:30pm at the Icehouse!
$8, 21+

www.batteryboymusic.com


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Smokin’ Chili Peppers

Red hot smokin’ FRESH INK! From concept to completion… I love a good cover up!


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Cherry Blossoms

From the AWP archives, a couple of examples of Cherry Blossoms!


Above is Paul’s interpretation of a Cherry Blossom bough, vibrant with color and detail!

And the piece below shows that your tattoo can always evolve with you!


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