sometimes simple is the best approach, water, rocks, and peonies lead up to a full back dragon, the waves expand and spiral up the ribs.More Info
This Mucha inspired sleeve has a glass snake, raven skulls for shoulder caps among the candles, a serpentine cuff and a dagger.More Info
This full leg of bells, water, a snake, and a blue rabbit was done as an addition to a full back collaboration with Cory Norris of Grass Valley, CA. He did the other leg as well.More Info
This full back was for my client from Hong Kong, his second child was born the year of the snake. Water and cherry blossoms are always a good symbol of the passing of time, new life, mortality, and gratitude for the present. This in progress shot is the second session, the shading, just days after the first session which was the outline from behind the knees to the neck. When people travel so far for work they often do unbelievable amounts of endurance. It is inspiring.More Info
In the Japanese folk- tale of The Heron Maiden, a young man comes across a wounded heron, and he takes it in and nurses it back to health. When the heron has regained the use of its wings, he releases it, and the heron flies away.
Time passes and the young man meets a beautiful young woman with whom he falls in love. They get married and begin living happily together. The young wife weaves a particular kind of silk brocade in which the designs appear in relief. The young man sells the fabric, and the two are able to support themselves in this way. But the young woman places a constraint upon the man: He must never observe her while she is weaving her fabric. Of course the young man cannot resist the temptation to look, and when he does he sees a heron at the loom. Under his gaze the heron is transformed into a beautiful woman – she is his wife.
Now that the secret has been exposed, The heron Maiden’s happy life with the young man must come to an end. The young woman bids her husband a fond goodbye, and flies away with her heron companions.More Info
I love this candid photo post session. This lady has been an inspiration to me and so many other people. Mother of four, she is getting Kokeshi dolls to represent her daughters on her right leg as part of a full body suit. This session outlined from her foot to her knee and colored in two dolls one on the inside and the another on the outside. the peonies are repeated from the imagery on her chest. we have the legs to finish and then one arm and her stomach. I'm unbelievably grateful to be the person to do this life changing work.More Info
Sailor Jerry has had an unbelievable influence on modern tattooing. ...this is one pf my favorite tattoos ever. Done on one of my best friends.More Info
I love every phase of the tattoo process from concept to the final session, but the outline and background are by far my favorite. That is where the most important decisions are made and where the image is created. After that, the rest seems to be dictated to me by those first deciding marks. Whether to go dark or light, bright or subdued… The rest seems to be a consequential chain reaction, of course with some decisions still to be made, but nowhere near as profound as those first marks laid in the skin… The rest is just an unfolding of what is already set to be.More Info
Every tattoo session contains lessons both for the artist and the client. Having 12 full day sessions done in Japan to complete my own back piece, I learned the client’s lessons firsthand. Having done thousands of tattoos and currently working on dozens of large scale full body pieces, I’m a firsthand witness to the growth people go through by making the decision to get this kind of work.More Info
A dagger through a rose tattoo is a western classic symbol of union, male and female, but it resonates with so many cultures, its dichotomy, its interdependency, duality, yin and yang, intention and perception. Its a universal principle. this modern take with an antique air was drawn during some down time I had and offered via social media as a tattoo lottery. The client had to email and was randomly picked from all the emails received. The experience was unique and exciting, and I met an amazing person through it. This dagger and peony was done in one long session, start to finish, and it healed perfectly. I love this tattoo.More Info
My client asked for two specific Alphonse Mucha paintings as her sleeve. the fun part was placement and the elements that tie them together.More Info
This full back in progress is the start of a full body suit on a seven year tattooer. Being a part of the evolving generation of tattooers that see the bigger picture, she didn't start by getting small tattoos or collecting. she waited until she was in a place to begin her full body unobstructed.More Info