Archive for the Tattoo Category

Venus Of The Dead!

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , on August 25, 2012 by Chris Black

This Earth Mother design was a blast to work on!  There’s a great deal of contrast between the slick leaves and the gritty statue that really make the center focal point stand out even more.

This idea is just absolutely great and should certainly be much more of an international holiday than to be confined to such a small area.

Off today….. blog needs update!

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , on June 29, 2012 by Chris Black

With summer underway, I’ve had several fortunate opportunities to start some really great new projects. 

I will never get tired or bored with these subject matters.  As a matter of fact, I’ve got an entire list of imagery I’d love to work on here.



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.

Never Grow Old.

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , , on April 30, 2012 by Chris Black

Although I can appreciate the foundation of gaming, my thoughts tend to wander off into those days of Street Fighter and Final Fantasy, but lets keep this about the name brand.

My brother would let us play his Atari console and I recall how much I struggled with Pit Fall and Q-Bert.  Space Invaders and Pac-Man would captivate us for what seemed like just moments and in reality hours would disappear. What a blast this was to work on and looking forward to rendering the textures of the plastic and packing some vibrant colors in there.

Splat! Or maybe Splosh..

Posted in Tattoo with tags , , , on April 30, 2012 by Chris Black

Since dogs have a better sense of sound, I wonder if they could hear what this would really sound like.  If those bugs were actually that size, I’m certain we would be able to tell for ourselves.

We progressed about 4.5 more hours on this piece and I’m really enjoying the way it’s turning out. It’s unknown to myself if bees actually have that much goo inside them, but I feel it helps to exaggerate the brutality of this battle.  Or execution. Yeah, more like an execution.