I really hope this is the start of a new trend in my tattooing: the black bear tattoo! I got to do this black bear tattoo on my awesome client Alex. Alex and his brother are exemplary tattoo collectors. They don't fart around. They drive out here from Wisconsin, and get as much work as humanly possi... Continue reading: Black Bear Tattoo!
Little red riding hood is a French fairy tale about a little girl walking through the woods and a big, bad wolf. The story has been changed and adapted throughout history to fit the times. The original story is much more grim than the story most are familiar with now; the wolf eats the grandmother a... Continue reading: Little Red Riding Hood Tattoo
I had the privilege of doing this pharaohs horses tattoo on my friend Scott. The pharaohs horses tattoo is based on a 1800's oil painting by John Frederick Herring Sr. The image found its way into many American and European homes by the late-1800s as a mezzotint engraving. Also, This image became a... Continue reading: Pharaohs Horses Tattoo
Chad chose to get this dog rose of no man's land tattoo to commemorate his work with a local dog rescue group as well as his relationship with his rescue dog. The rose of no man's land, traditionally a nurse's face emerging from a rose, is a traditional tattoo design done in tribute to the red cross... Continue reading: Dog Rose of No Man's Land Tattoo
So yeah, it's a pipe with a bear head, not much else to say about that. This is a great example of just getting an image simply because it makes for a good tattoo. There's no deep seeded message or meaning, no story of death or loss, just a bear pipe tattoo. This tattoo is on one of my favorite peop... Continue reading: Bear Pipe Tattoo!
"Tattoos generally function as psychic armor. Often a marker of a state of mind or events, meaning is accrued with time; the bearer explains the mark's significance and the story of how and where it was acquired. Much of the symbolism or meaning cannot be articulated and is private to the wearer, as... Continue reading: Dagger Tattoo
I got to do this Aloha Family tattoo, based on a Sailor Jerry design, on my friend Nori. In the Hawaiian language, 'aloha' means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. It only came to mean 'hello' and 'goodbye' in the 19th century when it was incorporated into the English language. In Hawaii, someo... Continue reading: Aloha Family Tattoo
Well here is another example of one of my favorite kinds of tattoos: Lady heads. If I could tattoo one of these a day I would not get sick of doing them. This lady was inspired by some old 1920's era photographs I found. Her headpiece reminds me of something that could be a mixture of old Greek and... Continue reading: Lady Head Tattoos!
Spiders of the genus Latrodectus are called black widows, because the females kill and consume males during mating rituals. In popular culture, women who murder their spouse or husband are also known as "black widows." While this girl doesn't seem to threaten violence, the idea of her having spun a... Continue reading: Cobweb Girl Tattoo
Happy belated Halloween! I meant to post this Halloween tattoo on the 31st, but life happened and I forgot. This tattoo is on Brooke, who is a very awesome person from Duluth. She wanted two tattoos for her favorite holidays, Christmas and Halloween. The Halloween idea was originally going to be a h... Continue reading: Halloween Tattoos!