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Started week with this freehand root work, studded with little animals. It’s got ants, armadillidiidae (rolly poly), earth worms, and other crawly things.

Just the line work so far:


Finally got to work on this piece again, finished coloring in the Horus Hawk and Globe.





Here is a detail pic of Seth’s other ha;f sleeve. Lots of miniature detail in this one.


Some roman numerals along the shoulder line:


This piece is gonna be real cool when finished. An Owl moth mixed in with mandala type art under the breast area. Here is the line work:


Almost done with the upper part of this, next session we will be working on spilling it down past the elbow.


Finished the ink week with this little cover up. I wish I had taken a before, but I do have pics of my tracings and drawing leading up to the cover up.


Lastly, here is a sketch of something cool I got cooking:


It’s a vampire theme ladies half sleeve. Will post more as it develops.

That’s it for now, sink a fork in me.

Thanks for stopping by!






The Wheel in the sky keeps on turning.

Just like that the first month of 2015 is gone. Quarterbacks make horrible plays and we are now left awaiting St. Valentine’s Day.  I will be posting some type of special for the occasion,  so come back soon to check that out.

Started the week tattooing my lovely wife, who got this little family motif on her cute little foot.



Did some more work on this sleeve, I believe this will be the last time I work on this piece until next fall.

Added some California palm trees, a bit of mountains and a city scape to tie in these forearm elements.


I’m quite happy with the way the Hollywood sign healed.

Next is another sleeve that I started this year. This is the second time we put needle to skin on this project.  Here it is so far:


Next I FINALLY got to put in the final touches on this sleeve. About a year and a half in the making.

ShannonsArm copy

I really enjoyed putting this together. Hope you guys like!

For the following piece I was given a picture of a tattoo to replicate. This is a fathers memorial tattoo for his son, that passed away from cancer. He requested that it looked exactly, but I drew it two ways, one way just as it was, one way as I would do it. He chose my rework, which I was glad for. I think his son would be happy he chose that too.


This next piece I put together sometime last year, and it has been sitting in my computer waiting to be inked. Here is the result of the first session.  Wicked witch from Wizard of Oz, collage of poppies and  flying monkeys.


And lastly for the week, here is a pair of alternating/matching couple infinity name tattoo.


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Drawing a Custom Japanese Sleeve

I was asked recently for one of my favorite things to do, a Japanese sleeve. Here is a little documentation of the designing process.

We fist met up for a consultation to clear up ideas and make sure that I understood what he was looking for. I sent him home with the homework of finding images that he liked of the motifs he wanted, this allows me to get a feel for the aesthetic taste of the client, which in turns saves me from wasting time with drawings based on assumptions of taste, or restrictions of my own preferences, which would also miss the mark a lot of times.

Once he found all the reference, he emailed them to me, and we set up another consult. At this point we discussed how things were going to lay on his arm, and how they would relate to one another.  Took some measurements and came up with this layout:


I then took this and quickly laid down the main shapes onto his arm and took a tracing


Earlier this week it was time to start drawing. So I printed out all my reference material and started to sketch.

Taking shape here already.


And this was the final sketch, ready to be made into a clean line drawing.


All this took about three to four hours, and not tattooing had been done yet.  We did start the tattoo this week, I will be posting the pics from our fist session, along with all the new work of the week, come Monday.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

– Ez