Throughout the course of my semester I took on the challenge to learn to tattoo in three months. My goal was to start with zero experience and from mostly on-line sources and with a little help get to the point where I designed and completed a tattoo on someone. The challenge was steep, but I … More Tattooing 101- A new fine arts elective?
The time has come for my final step in my learning project. I found a person willing to let me put my knowledge into practice. My lovely wife volunteered to let me tattoo a heart on her foot to match the birth mark on our daughter’s foot. She chose to do a simple heart in … More I can’t believe she let me do it…
For this post I’m going to again attack a grapefruit. Sorry for any citrus fans out there… This time I’m going to attempt to put one good colour tattoo piece on the grapefruit. I’ve created a stencil from the American Traditional style rose that I drew in my I Supply the Art Work… blog. In order to … More Applying Stencils and Packing in Colour
Ok- so my power supply has arrived. I have two tattoo machines now! (Thanks Tyler!) I am ready to start tattooing things. Where to start? Well my mentor and most of the internet seems to think that it is best to start on citrus fruit. Why? The fruit skin has a similar ability to hold … More The First Few Lines… or How to Decorate a Grapefruit
Power Supplies: This week for my personal learning project it was time to get a little more hands on. I got my first tattoo machine from Tyler. It is one of his old ones but it will do me just fine. I don’t have the refined skills it takes to notice the difference in machine … More I Supply the Art Work the Internet Supplies the Power…eventually.
This week I went searching for some inspiration!! How do you create tattoo art? What makes tattooists different from artists? How do you find your style? So, like any good research, before you move forward it’s important to look back at what came before you in order to move forward. The Beginnings and the Pioneers of … More Inspirational and Historical Artists (From Sailor Jerry to Nikko Hurtado)
This week I did some reading on the history of the tattoo machine. The modern electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reily. It was based on Edison’s invention called th electric pen. The pen was invented as an early way to copy handwritten documents. The original pen was a huge flop but O’Reily (a stick … More The Edison Pen (aka The Tattoo Machine)
For the first lesson towards becoming a tattoo artist my mentor Tyler directed me towards some reading and research that is very life-alteringly important. He told me to research Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs for short) and sterilization. I did some reading on BBP documentation in Canada and found THIS pdf from the Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare (OSACH). It … More PLP #2- Me vs BBPs vs Autoclaves
When I was younger, around 18 years old, I told my mother that I was going to pay for university by freelancing as a tattoo artist. This might not sound unreasonable now but keep in mind this was the year 1999. For a point of reference to the view on tattooing check out the stats from a CBC article:
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