Archive for May, 2012

Day of the Dead Marionette

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , on May 19, 2012 by Chris Black

This was our first session which took a few hours.  It’s not really a marionette as there are no strings attached to the appendages, but we loosely designed the body after those skeletons you see in the French Quarter souvenir shops.

This project took about 7 or 8 hours to complete.  Another fun tattoo for me to file under the interesting praying hands concept.

I was happy with the way this tattoo fit and is a clear example of how I try to create a dynamic look in my tattoos by working within the frame of sight and also making the image a little over-sized to fit in the area we are working on.  This technique lends itself to the notion that we are no longer viewing a body part, but more of a central focus of the tattoo.  Almost as if the image is there and the outer lines of the arms shape have created our frame.

You’ve seen the butcher.

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , on May 19, 2012 by Chris Black

This is on the opposite side of the leg in correspondence with the pig/meat cleaver we completed.  These are on a butcher from a local grocery store.  That’s right!  Those unsuspecting soccer moms are placing orders from a rather happy-go-lucky fella who just happens to enjoy a little blood and gore.

I must admit, this design has been quite surreal to work on!  Not just because I’m partial to dark imagery, but because this speaks volumes about the owner.  The man loves his job, and I thoroughly enjoy tattooing designs which express peoples passions.  Being quite partial to my own job, i understand the amount of satisfaction one can obtain through work.


Posted in Tattoo with tags , on May 2, 2012 by Chris Black

What really drew me to work on this piece was the idea.  The concept to create a design which can be interpreted by each individuals personal taste in music.  It’s neither genre confined or a declarative fatuous verse.

For me, I look at this and feel the blues.  I don’t just see it or read it, but feel those dampening tones weighing heavier and the dizzying effect of sorrow.  Hot-sticky summer bars, almost absent of oxygen, and filled with loneliness.  It’s quite fascinating how folks can turn their suffering into such a gratifying melody.  It seems like both mediums share some similar qualities.

This design was completed over the course of 2 sessions totaling about 7 1/2 hours.