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.
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.
Galleon Ship Tattoo by Joe Galloway
Added a galleon ship tattoo today as part of a black and grey sleeve tattoo I am currently working on. first sessions we did some basic and a few fine lines then came back and added mainly texture and the bottom area of the tattoo. I wanted to make the ship dark and ruined, looking more like a ghost ship rather than just a normal galleon. More about this Tattoo
Rodney was really open and had asked for something unique with this owl tattoo design. Most of this owl tattoo was free hand, i normally prefer to do most of my work that way. We first started with the owl and some basic shading in the background and foreground mainly in the owl’s head. Second session we focused on the texture bringing the own to life. I always appreciate when someone gives me artistic freedom in a tattoo rather that just doing something already been tattooed. Why have something that’s already been done repeatedly over time especially when the client has specifically asked for something unique. I always prefer to go much darker in my work as i feel over time tattoos generally go lighter and lighter. Had fun doing this, rodney sat great too and really chilled out client.
Grim Reaper Tattoo
Grim reaper tattoo – Dylan choose a grim reaper dark themed tattoo for his first tattoo. To say it was his first tattoo and he was quite young, he was very patient and sensible. We have plans of extending it. Dylan says his first tattoo represents what we all have in common, not being here forever.
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Joe Galloway – Black & Grey Tattoo Sleeve Progression
Black & Grey Tattoo – Sleeve progression. Started this as a cover up at the top then worked our way down adding pieces that Dave had asked for. Some areas of the tattoo are still healing so slightly scabby in some parts. We will be adding more when he returns to the UK. Keeping it all black & grey mainly themed around his family. More about this Tattoo