New oil painting by Louis

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I got to finish this oil painting, I have been working for a few months, oil is a very slow process, but a very pleasant process. You have to wait until it dries, then add another layer. I can add as many layers as I wish, and it’s a very safe space to try new ideas. This oil painting combines my love for fantasy art, and my Roots, back when I was a child in Brazil. This Indian is like a vigilante from the jungle, who you clearly can’t mess with. I hope to carry on painting with oils as much as I can, I’m easing off on tattooing a bit, to be able to produce more oil paintings. I’m heavily inspired by an artist called “Raymond Swanland” at the moment, that guy is insane.

Phoenix Tattoo all healed by Louis

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I had the opportunity to get a picture taken of the Phoenix Tattoo, I did on Edwards, a few months ago. I didn’t expect to take a picture of it all healed, as he had to leave the country no long after the tattoo was finished. It was a pleasure seeing him, as we had a top laugh during his tattoo process. He’s now back for his second tattoo, I’m sure we gonna have a top time. Thank you for being awesome.

Free hand cover-up feather tattoo by Louis Santos

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Victoria had a tattoo while in a boat trip, and it needed covering up. She asked for 2 feathers, to fit exactly on top of the tattoo she needed covering, I choose to free hand it. She wasn’t so specific with how she wanted it, so I choose to apply my own shading on it. Different from the picture she first brought to me.

Free hand skull tattoo by Louis Santos

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Paul is a come back client, I originally did the “Liver bird” on top of his arm. He’s a big Liverpool fan. He surprised me, when asking for a skull on his forearm, he wants to incorporate the idea of, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. So that’s the first of the 3 skulls, I enjoyed free handing straight on his arm. He was very easy going, can’t wait to get going next session. Thank you.

How I work by Louis Santos

Tattoo Technique

tatto technique by Louis Santos Leeds

In this post I would like to display an example of how I work. I build my tattoos by layers. That allows me to give more to the tattoo without too much skin damage, and better healing. Patience and having faith in your process is a really important topic when getting tattooed. As you can see the first layer healed doesn’t look great, then after second layer is added the tattoo transforms. Sometimes the tattoo mite take 3 layers or more depending on size and detail. Thats why I drop my prices, so the client can come back and add more layers. A lot of tattoos are delivered quiet fast, and thats is due to one layer appliance, witch it results with a 2d looking tattoo, flat sighted. In my opinion it doesn’t please my eyes as much. Not everyone will agree, but that’s how I see it. I respect everyone’s taste.

Thank you

Mermaid tattoo by Joe

Phil gave me a rough sketch that friend had done for him and wanted it tattooing. The image was cool and knew that i could draw something up better and give my own ideas on to the piece for him. He was really open minded and allowed me be really creative. I really wanted add some water for the mermaid in a more illustrative way for him. Was a super fun piece done in one sitting which i did think would take longer but because he sat so well the tattoo process went smooth. Thanks, Joe