An in progress pic of my client's legs as we are working on full body coverage. Waves, lilies, chrysanthemums,and ornamentalMore Info
This is a work in progress. Both arm pits and breasts. My intention was to impress on the viewer that the clients skin was a Japanese patterned fabric that the res of her tattoo was above, as if you could look under the tattoos and see this pattern continued throughout her body if she didn’t have tattoos. I need another session to finalize this part but I’m super happy with the outcome so far.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
This dragon, water, and chrysanthemum piece was competed in six sessions. We have decided to leave it as this stage until we get the rest of his body designed and underway as to allow the entire work to age consistently. I look forward to building around this.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
A twist on the ancient folklore of the Green Man of the Forest. A symbol of rebirth. We added, oak leaves and acorns, fox skull, some autumn leaves, and a large raven. There was a large centered existing tattoo that needed to be covered between his shoulder blades, which we did by adding goat horns and flowers. This tattoo has taken about two and a half years to complete. I appreciate so much the dedication and strength of my clients to see projects like this one through to the end.More Info
Three nightingales encountering a mechanical replica of their kind. A jeweled version that would sing like the real thing until it wore out… I believe we have done 6 sessions. With one more this piece will be complete, and we will move onto the back and arms.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
After five years, a vine side piece, a Mucha sleeve, a back piece of two egrets and the front torso, of mandalas, and lotus flowers, we are trying to tie it all together with some cherry blossom branches, and petals falling throughout. Below the blossoms there is a koi on her left forearm and will be another one on her right thigh. A tribute to her grandmother, being a mother of three herself, she understands all too well the stress and strain of caring for people that you wish the best for, but cannot make decisions for. The toughest thing about being a parent is letting go of someone and letting them learn the lessons on their own.More Info