An in progress pic of my client's legs as we are working on full body coverage. Waves, lilies, chrysanthemums,and ornamentalMore Info
This mandala starts on her elbow and spans across her back and across the back of her husband. This is a very unique piece. This tryptic displays the second session. I’m excited about this work.More Info
I love the simplicity of this piece. She came in with the Audrey Kawasaki piece on her right thigh done by another tattooer. After completing the Crane leg I added some background to the right thigh piece to let them blend and merge. I am super happy with the outcome and the overall look of the work.More Info
Maple leaves, waterfall, koi, birds... This is a healed photo of the outline, and background shading on this sleeve. I have about 9 hours invested at this point. My intention is to stay simple and use very few colors. I love work like this.More Info
Traditionally, a dagger through a rose, like my grandpa got in the 1940’s. I got a dagger and rose on my forearm with my kids’ names to represent the coming together of two people creating life perpetual in our children. This dagger through a peony is a modified version. It can represent many things, duality, dichotomy, harmony, Yin-Yang, death and life, sex, creation and destruction. It’s really up to the wearer and the viewer which ironically is a dichotomy itself, intention and perception they go together but are obviously two distinctly different things.
This tattoo was done in one session and healed incredibly well especially for a single pass through the ditch of the arm.More Info
14 years ago I tattooed this young lady. A butterfly and small tribal about the size of a mandarin orange on the top of her right foot. Later a low back piece, (tramp stamp as some would say). There’s a switch that can be triggered in some people, not all, and in regard to the whole planet, in very very few, but when that switch is triggered, it begins a transformation in the person. I have witnessed this a few times now, and am only beginning to understand enough to try and communicate it. The switch is a surrendering to a decision. It reminds me of the first time I went skydiving. The decision was easy, but the reality of its potential outcome? As the door to the plane was opened, and the rush of wind came in, going head first into a full minute free fall, the horizon steady as we dropped towards the ground at 180 miles per hour... The only thing you can do is surrender at that point. It’s useless to resist. In fact, it is dangerous to. It becomes a spiritual thing.
1.Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
Getting your body tattooed as one whole is spiritual also. It's also about surrender. It has to do with your soul more than your physical body. It’s about your decisions, your emotions, how you feel inside during those trying times of how “it” feels on the outside. It’s about the sacrifices needed to be made, about the work one has to do to pay for the work. People who see large scale tattoos as just something a crazy person does, or just being obsessed or extreme, often don’t see what’s gone on inside that tattooed person. They don’t often see the transformation that’s gone on beneath the tattoo in the soul.More Info
This view of his ox skull with an orchid mind's eye is a part of a full freehand bodysuit I have worked on for three years. My client from Chicago spends three days at a time getting his work done. He has met me at conventions around the country and been one of the most dedicated people I've ever met to completing his work. It's comprised of the animals from the Chinese zodiac calendar. Years of the Ox, Snake, Rat, Monkey, and Dog. I have drawn everything on his body and tied things together with elements like birth flowers from each person represented which are himself, his wife and their three children. Water, wind, petals, and mandala patterns overlap and provide background for the entire piece. We have over one hundred hours invested and I'm not sure how many more are required. We are refining areas now in what I can the "push and pull" phase of the project. I'm honored and humbled to be doing this work.More Info
This full back piece contains four cover ups, and integrates four other tattoos on his legs. It also wraps around the sides and front almost to the very center. I have worked on this for about 2 years having sessions every couple months. It takes an incredible dedication on the client's part to go through work like this. I am inspired and humbled every time I work on Matt. he teaches me every time by example.More Info