Wycinanki is the art of Polish paper cutting. Beth got this wycinanki tattoo with needles, thread and scissors worked into it because she loves to sew and knit. Wycinanki is a Polish tradition that was popular in the 1800's. Originally, shepherds cut patterns out of leather and tree bark. Colorful a... Continue reading: Wycinanki Tattoo
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!
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
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!
The butterfly is a classic image in traditional tattooing. Depending on the design, a butterfly tattoo can look very feminine or tough as nails. The word "butterfly" in English is derived from the Dutch "boterschijte." Because butterflies have been known to hover around buckets of milk and butter, E... Continue reading: Butterfly Tattoo
Yee haw! Got to do this super fun Country Western pin up tattoo. I'm sure I've said this many times before on this blog, but I absolutely love tattooing pin ups. This one was especially fun with the theme being Country Western. I'm not particularly fond of what that genre of music has become, but th... Continue reading: Country Western Pin Up Tattoo
I can't tell you how many times I've heard "put a bird on it" in reference to tattooing. There's something about birds as tattoos that just works so well. It adds movement to an otherwise fairly solid design. Mix that element with a pretty lady and you get a really fun tattoo. This was probably one... Continue reading: Black Bird Lady Tattoo