Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Can't Slow Down.

Jimmy Aguilar took this picture with his new camera and I like how it turned out.

I've been too damn busy tattooing to really do anything. When I do have free time I spend it skating but I haven't gotten any footage or anything because filming is one of those things I do when I feel like I'm not going to skate very well. So nothing really new to post. I'm going to try to work on a painting this week so we'll see if I can post that sometime soon.

Tomorrow I might go take pictures at the Mindset show, maybe I'll post those.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Did a fun little walk in. She's a sculptor from Scotland, born in Poland, lived in Chicago but had to come back because of a DUI she got while visiting a few months back. She can't take the required classes that the court ordered her to take so if she ever comes back to the US she'll probably get arrested at the airport. I think the moral is don't come to these here United States and drive drunk.

This one is the first session on a large Alfonse Mucha piece. She sits like a rock. The most common thing I hear about this one is that it's "a little out of my style" but believe it or not I can do other things besides American Traditional, I just like doing tattoos that have that look. This tattoo is gonna probably look pretty awesome once I'm done, but I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. I have a Japanese dragon sleeve on some guy in Mexico that is still unfinished.

More progress on Ryan's eagle. He's a hairy guy and his chest hair grows back thick and fast so sometimes he heals up kind of light so I had to rework some of the black. Yes, I still put a lot of black in my tattoos still.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Freedom isn't free.

I went to Peoria for four days this week and worked a bit at Freedom Ink Tattoos to hang out with my friend Tim Beck, who owns Freedom and his apprentice Zach Dole (THEE Zack Dole!). I've never been to Peoria before so I didn't really know what to expect. For some reason Dekalb like visions were in my brain the whole drive out, but I was surprised with to find that P-town is a city simular to Milwaukee or Tucson, just way less sketchy.

Tim's shop is in a small strip mall off one of the bigger roads in Peoria and is easy to get to off the interstate. It's not in downtown Peoria but it's in a pretty busy area as far as car traffic.

The shop is totally open and there are couches for people to sit on and hang out. It's a pretty comfortable environment to be in. It was a big change from the maze that we have built at Family for sure.

The next two pictures are of a piece Tim did on a client of his. I love the pin up style indian girl, the spear is awesome. The background of flames and the teepees and fence and all of that was free handed and improvised but adds so much to the tattoo. I also dig the hidden good luck sign in there.

This is on one of Tim's clients who came in to show Tim how his chest piece eagle had healed. A great rework of a classic Sailor Jerry design. Tim does color stuff too but I just happened to take pictures of black and grey stuff this time around.

Here's a few tattoos I did on my trip.

I drew up a few designs but there were no takers this time around, so me and Tim put them on a flash sheet and started painting on it one of the nights I was there. He's finishing up his half and mailing it to me. I'll post it when it's done.

Me and Zach Dole.

Me and Tim Beck.

Monday, March 01, 2010


Shawn gave me this sweet KABAR from the Vietnam era as a tip for doing a cover up over a dumb tattoo he got when he was younger and dumber. It's pretty broken in but I like things that have seen some action. Gonna sharpen it up and go hunt down some hipsters.

Harms Way

New HW ep cover art from my friend Rich Marafioti.