Last minute surprise for this appointment. Thought I was doing something different, but he had this poem he was wanting to put on his arm. Drew it on and did it. Turned out to be a very fun and relaxed session. The poem isn't even finished yet! More lettering down the arm next time...
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Outlined this guy on Saturday, and finishing the forearm outlining today. We did a half sleeve and chest on him a year or two ago, and now turning it into a full sleeve. The broken necklace in the mouth ties into a pice at the top of the arm. Clouds, rocks and flowers are on the menu for today...
Posted by b0t at 10:50 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Finally back from New York, definitely a whirlwind trip. The convention was very busy and I worked non stop for three days. I think I was the last one tattooing two of the three days. Met some great folks and got to do some fun tattoos. These are a couple of pieces I did there. Had to draw everything on as there wasn't the luxury of time, but it all worked out. Even started a back piece! Hopefully he's coming out to California in July to outline the rest and get some patterns and color in there...
Posted by b0t at 11:15 PM
I think this is the 5th or so time I've done the NYC Convention. Whenever I travel and tattoo, I work with Diamond Club Tattoo Studio out of San Francisco. The Diamond Club is Bill and Junii Salmon, a very important and famous couple in tattooing. I am lucky to have had them as mentors and am honored to be part of their family. You can check out their work here, http://www.myspace.com/10117559.
We stayed with our friend Shinji, aka Horizakura of the Horitoshi family in Tokyo. He has been tattooing in NY for seven years now, and is the only 100% tebori (Japanese hand poke tattooing) traditional Japanese tattooer in America (meaning a machine outline, but all color exclusively by hand). You can check out his amazing work at www.nyadorned.com.
We had a lot of fun hanging out and he and his wife's hospitality was top notch.
Look forward to visiting again soon...
Posted by b0t at 10:47 PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Posted by b0t at 2:18 PM
As a bearded Japanese guy, it's not often you see anyone in the media who remotely looks like you.
This guy is a famous Japanese actor who starred in Ichi the Killer, Mongol, and the upcoming Thor movie.
Not really a dead ringer or anything, but as close as I'll ever get...
Posted by b0t at 2:01 PM
More background this time. Taking a break from the dragon on the ribs for a moment, but it's very exciting to see the silhouette of the suit forming. I've always loved the look of and wanted to do a "munewari" style front.
Munewari refers to the open strip of skin down the middle of the front...
Posted by b0t at 1:42 PM