Skip to content

Tattoo time part uno

I wrapped up 2 back pieces this year and started another. Here are some shots


This is on a friend and long time client named Doug. It’s after a piece by an artist named Syliva Ji. We changed a few things here and there, most notably the face. It’s Doug’s wife in the portrait part. Geez I hope they never split up!


Also finished up another long time client named Catherine’s back. This has been getting added onto for the last 6 or so years. She didn’t plan on a full back, but it looks like she ended up with one


She started out with the swallow in the upper left, then added the seahorse on the other shoulder. Then the giant flower…then she added everything else


Since some of the older pieces were starting to soften up a bit next to the newer work, I re-outlined them to bring them em out a little better. This way the background stays in the background and isn’t competing with the foreground images



And finally started a back piece on an 18 year old Marine. Them guys got guys I tell ya


Above 1st session, below 2nd


And here is what we accomplished during session 3


Tattoo time part duex

Well, 2013 is coming to a close, so here’s a brief wrap up of the last few months worth of dailies. First up a Lady Justice piece on a published author and former attorney general of Utah


One on a self proclaimed “Biggest Cubs fan EVER”. He may be right


Some doves and roses


Yes that’s right. A surfing Acroyear. Michael Golden style all the way


This young man got a piece off one of my flash sheets quite a while ago, and when he began getting sleeved by me he had no idea I had drawn the original. So I tuned it up for him


Healed Zelda tribute


This wasp is called a cicada killer if I remember correctly


These monsters were drawn by the client sister, who works for the Smithsonian. These designs were also on display there as part of an employees artwork exhibit


Awesome Ernesto Cabral piece


Shoulder rose walk-in


Finally wrapped up this lower forearm with some cyborgs (designed by the client, drawn by me) with some Jack Kirby inspired background machinery


And you can’t go wrong with a Batman Frank Miller design




Sometimes I do unicorns in white…


The R H C P and asterisk were already there, I added the Irish touch. Cuz he saw them and got it tattooed in Dublin


Another fun time walk-in tattoo


And another…


The client posted “in progress” pics of her tree, so I swiped her photo and below it is a full size shot



Worked on a very fun half sleeve; the client would come in the day of his appts with the ideas, and we worked together really well. It’s great when the client trusts you that much.





Had a sale on mini Cthulhu tattoos last month


The Chiquita banana girl on a girl named Anna banana


Godzilla bubble bobble?


Last but not least, some metal. Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark Eddie




Happy new year everybody and thanks for looking!

Happy 91st b-day Stan


‘Nuff said.





Christopher m/f Walken

Christopher Walken is an accomplished dancer, but most people didn’t know that until the Root Boy Slim video he appeared in called “Weapon of Choice” in 2001.

Well if that’s you then here’s a treat you’ll love. Here is The Continental himself from Steve Martin’s “Pennies From Heaven” 1981 Watch the video here

Also starring Bernadette Peters and Jessica Harper.


Singing, tap dancing and stripping. Three years earlier he won an oscar for a little movie called the Deer Hunter.


And he has a tattoo in his chest that says “Lulu“. Ladies and gents I present to you :

Christopher Mother Fuckin Walken

The Amazing Johnny Eck

From the MICA website: MICA Presents Largest Exhibition Featuring Sideshow Performer Johnny Eck, Dec. 13-March 16


BALTIMORE–Maryland Institute College of Art will present a never-before-seen exhibition of personal objects, artifacts and artworks by sideshow performer Johnny Eck (1911-1991), one of Baltimore’s most famous citizens. The Amazing Johnny Eck, the largest exhibition of Eck’s works, will take place from Friday, Dec. 13, 2013-Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Fox Building’s Decker Gallery (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.), with an opening reception Friday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.

All artwork shown is by Johnny himself, photos of the exhibit by Dave Rite

The exhibition is the first ever of its size, showing hundreds of Eck’s works on paper, sculptures, drawings and paintings-including painted screens, a Baltimore folk art tradition. Additionally, The Amazing Johnny Eck will feature personal objects, film memorabilia and family photographs, creating a vivid portrait of Eck, whose many achievements were brought about through his love of life and will to create.


John “Johnny Eck” Eckhardt, Jr. was born as one of two twins on August 27, 1911, at his parents’ home in Baltimore. Though healthy, Eck was born with no lower half. Despite his lack of legs, Eck lived a full life as a sideshow performer, artist, photographer, magician, puppeteer, swimmer, gymnast, actor, train conductor and traveler.


Perhaps best known for his role as “the half-man” in Tod Browning’s film Freaks (1932), Eck later achieved worldwide fame as Robert Ripley’s “most remarkable man alive” and traveled throughout the United States and Canada, performing with his brother, Robert, until the late 50s. After they phased out their traveling show and arcade, the brothers continued their screen painting and limited their performances to local events. They spent their entire lives together living in the home in which they were born.


Some of the never-before-seen objects to be displayed include: Eck’s hand-carved and painted Punch and Judy puppets and miniature circus, along with his wood carving tools and paints; his fully functional miniature train; rare press clippings from his personal scrapbooks; several articles of Eck’s personal clothing and hats; Eck’s steamer trunks, stage props and other objects from his career as a sideshow performer, actor and magician.


The exhibition will also highlight others inspired by Eck, including American cartoonist and illustrator Drew Friedman and American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb (R. Crumb).


“I’ve spent nearly two decades trying to understand the far-reaching arms of Johnny Eck,” said Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, curator of the exhibition and the Johnny Eck Museum. “He touched so many people during his life and continues to do so decades after his passing. My motivation has always been to share his life with others through his personal letters, photographs, artwork and objects that helped define his multifaceted life.”


Hours for MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.


X-mas commission for X


I was commissioned to do a “portrait” of a female body builder for a x-mas gift by her trainer who is a friend of mine. She competes under the name “X”, and is a lovely woman – and she’s ripped – so I had to made sure not to screw it up too bad…so I busted out my Hulk juice and colored pencils and got to work


I made three sketches altogether. The first one was too muscular, the second she was too “fat”


I leaned her up a bit and got the approval to go ahead. First step is outlining with a light box


I then dug out a few Prismacolors to match skin tone. Grabbed dark brown, not black, for the shadowed areas and burnt ochre and beige for the lighter tones. X is Brazilian and has a lovely brown complexion which is tricky to get right


It takes a LOT of layering when you use colored pencils, and if you layer too much the surface gets too waxy to work with. Once all the tones and layers are put it, it’s time to ink the background


For the larger black areas I use a Prismacolor marker, and then clean up the lines and edges (and second layer of black) with small and brush tipped Faber-Castell markers


Now when I’m trying to achieve a deep, pitch black for the background, I would go over it again with a black colored pencil. This gives it a nice velvety look. But that’s not what I had in mind. I wanted to “electrify” the figure, so I took a white colored pencil over the markers for the effect


And then one last pass with the Faber-Castell’s to sharpen the outline and viola! One X-mas gift for a woman named X

“X” 8″x10″ colored pencil and marker

I make a mess when I work


More tattooed records

Found a few more tattoo related album covers recently, so let’s jump right in. First up, Boxer “Absolutely“, CBS/Epic records 1977.


Don’t know what they sound like and didn’t buy it. Decent try at a heart w/banner though. This is their second lp and contains notable bass player Tim Bogert. Still didn’t pick it up. I don’t have this next one either, but am currently looking for it. Supertramp “Indelibly Stamped“, A&M records, 1971.


I know, right? Who knew Supertramp were cool. From Wikipedia: “The cover depicts the tattooed torso and arms of a woman. It is commonly believed that the model for the cover was Rusty Skuse, largely due to a tattoo on the left arm which names “Bill” and “Rusty”; however, a comparison between the album cover and photographs of Skuse’s tattoos show that this is not the case. According to Paul Sayce, writing in Tattoo News, the model was Marion Hollier, who was extensively tattooed at the Les Skuse Tattoo Studio in the 1960s. An article published in The People shortly after the album’s release also identifies Hollier as the model, noting that she was paid £45 for the job.”


Next: Booty People “Booty People“, ABC records 1977. Funk/soul outfit, possibly best band name and lp cover ever. Apparently the cover design was by Lee Oskar. You might know him as the only white guy in the band War.


Here’s a classic, the tattooed albino guitar player Johnny Winter with “Guitar Slinger“, Alligator records 1984.


This old fucker put out his first album at age 15. And I don’t need to tell you who his younger brother is, but Johnny here did have better tattoos for sure . Here’s another classic cover, The Rolling Stones with “Tattoo You“, Rolling Stone records 1981.


I always thought this was a woman on the cover, but it’s actually Mick. (Duh). This album was complied of studio outtakes dating back to the early 70′s, but actually yielded 3 big hits for them; “Start Me Up”, “Hang Fire” and “Waiting On A Friend”. Great tattoo design work by artist Christian Piper. And below, the other half of the Glimmer Twins, Keith.


Next up, definitely one of two finds of the month: Sweet Pain “Sweet Pain“, United Artists 1970.


(Note there is no needle set up in the machine…) This band is a great example of early 70′s west coast rock n roll with sophisticated vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements. And it just plain JAMS. Sounds kinda like a heavier version of CCR. Highly recommended if you can find it. Last up is the other find of the month, Ruben and the Jets “For Real“, Mercury records 1973.


This lp was produced by Frank Zappa, and the band was named after the Zappa album “Cruisin’ with Ruben & The Jets”. The band had a bluesy/doo wop/r&b feel, with Zappa himself contributing some songs. More notably (to tattoo aficionados) the band contained a sax player named Robert “Buffalo” Roberts, better known to us as Bob Roberts.


And as you should know, Bob just happens to be an iconic tattooer from the 70s/80s. And 90s. And is still even now.


From “Bob Roberts is a tattoo artist from Los Angeles. He started tattooing in 1973 at the Pike and studied under Bob Shaw and Col. Bill Todd for 3 years. Then he worked under Cliff Raven for a couple years. After that he moved to San Francisco and worked beneath Ed Hardy for 3 years. He opened his first shop in New York City called Spotlight Tattoo but eventually moved back to Los Angeles and opened a shop there. He is still at the same location today.” ‘Nuff said. In 2010 Bob released his first book called “In A World of Compromise…I Don’t” and can be ordered from State of Grace Tattoos.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 38 other followers