Dragon tattoo half sleeve by Joe Galloway

Finished my good friend tommys dragon tattoo today! Tommy wanted a more chinese style look to his dragon with a darker look compared to say a Japanese style. We did moslty grey lining and then built it up from there. We added alot of detail into the body and background than a traditional look. We addded alot of shadows into the scales to give a little depth. Really love the outcome of this dragon tattoo! thanks tommy! click here to follow joe on instagram!

black and grey dragon half sleeve by Joe Galloway

Realistic eye by Louis Santos

I love tattooing realism, its one of my favourite styles to tattoo. i would like to Thank Preet for being so patient and sticking with the process.

Realistic Rose Tattoo in black and grey by Louis Santos in Leeds

Black and grey realism done in our studio in Leeds city centre. I enjoy tattooing roses, its quiet relaxing. I try to look at a realistic image of a rose, and then do my own touch around it, to customise it, and give a bit of flow. Very grateful to have so many nice clients, who believe in what we do and stick until the end, thank you!

Realistic colour portrait tattoo of Thanos by Louis Santos in Leeds

Colour realism portrait is a treat for me to do, as I love doing portraits. realism is a style that has the importance of an image to look believable, and understanding light. 

A good way to understand light in my opinion is to draw realism. I thought I knew about realism and light, until I had a seminar with the master of black and grey tattoo, Carlos Torres. He really opened my eyes about how to understand shadow and value, studying realistic images. Thank you.

half sleeve based on the story of aburaakago by Joe Galloway

Abura-akago (油赤子, “oil baby”) is a Japanese yōkai that appeared illustrated in Toriyama Sekien‘s mid-Edo period Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki, as an infant spirit lapping oil out of an andon lamp.

The words after “long ago in the village of Shiga” were quoted from a story about a mysterious fire called the “abura-nusumi no hi” (the oil-stealing fire), which featured in the Edo period books, the Shokoku Rijin Dan (諸国里人談) and the Honchō Koji Innen Shū (本朝故事因縁集).[2] In those books, it’s stated that there was a folk belief where an oil merchant from Ōtsu, Ōmi Province steals oil from a Jizō statue at the crossroads so that he can sell them, and became lost and turned into a mysterious fire after death. In Mount Hiei, it’s said that a mysterious fire called the abura-bō appears, and in the Shokoku Rijin Dan, this fire is seen to be the same as the “abura-nusumi no hi.”[3][4] It’s inferred that Sekien’s abura-akago was a made-up tale based on this “abura-nusumi no hi” in the Shokoku Rijin Dan and other books.[2]

Sunflower tattoo coverup

Black and grey sunflowers done over two sittings. Also covering up some writing luckily was fine lined. First sitting we got the basics down and free handing some background. I wanted the tattoo to have some natural flow which free hand allows. I used a black of black and grey wash and solids. On the last session we used a solid grey and white giving texture to the sunflowers. I was grateful for my client traveling to Leeds for this tattoo.

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