Monday, April 26, 2010

Isaac's Nurse and The Little(est) Mermaid.

I did three new tattoos on Isaac's arm before I left for Nashville; the Rock of Ages (from a Bob Robert's painting), an anchor and life preserver (that I didn't get a real picture of), and a nurse for his mom. We'll knock out a few more when I get back, but this looked finished enough to update.

Here's a close-up of that nurse.


This mermaid is itty-bity, but still my favorite walk-in in quite a while.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Weiblicher Huhn Zahn

Hen's teeth can be pretty hard to come by now-a-days, and the few white buffalo around roam the American high plains, but there are some German ones too.

I have been looking to pick this book up for quite a while now. I saw a copy of this book when I was learning to tattoo and it has been in the back of my mind since.

Tätowierungen is a book about the life and career of Christian Warlich, it was published first in 1981 and again in 1991. Niether pressing was very large, a detail that drives the price up on the few copies floating around. The text is in German only, but the bulk of the book is dedicated to Warlich's hand painted flash and a few photos of him and his work.

Christian Warlich died in 1964 after a long and famed career as the (self porclaimed) King of Tattooists. Warlich was one of the few tattoo celebrities of his day, as well known in Germany as George Burchett was in England and Charlie Wagner was in the United States. He operated a tattoo shop in Hamburg Germany at no. 44 Clemens Schulzstrasse. Warlich was a mentor to Herbert Hoffmann and a big influence on his tattoing as well. A photo of Warlich with a very young Herbert Hoffmann can be seen in the documentary Flammend' Herz (Blue Skin).

While Warlich's flash sheets contain some of the usual designs that make the rounds, most of them are extremely refined for their day and most are unique to Warlich alone. There are 60+ pages of flash in here, the average page is 6 designs; some more, some less. One look at this book confirms his place as a true King in the history of tattooing.

If you'd like to get a tattoo that's an interesting part of tattoo history as well as just a great traditional design, these photos are high enough resolution to print out and take to your prefered shop. I can 100% guarantee that when you walk in with one of these designs you are going to make one lucky tattooer's day. If you're in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area I'd be happy to do it for you as well, get in touch or just stop by the shop.

Everybody's Working for the Weekend

...except me. Here's a few tattoos I did Saturday and Sunday.

I started a sleeve of Loteria cards, which I never knew much about. David clued me in to how the game works and there's a brief description here as well that sums it up. I assumed this was a terribly complex game, I was way off. 

I did this envelope on Scott, that's downtown LA coming out of the top (notice the Gas Tower). I did the RIDE HARD OR DIE skull right above it a few months back, Tim Forbus did the ship below. Tim and I will both be at Ink-n-Iron in Long Beach, stop by and say "hi" if you're there.

This dagger is a modified Sailor Jerry design, all I did was switch the guard and hide some gang dots. Isaac is getting a sleeve of Traditional American designs, a rare happening. Lots of people say they want a Traditional Sleeve, but that's rarely what they mean.
We're doing a Bob Roberts Rock of Ages design this weekend, more pictures soon.

My prayers were answered, twice even.

I've been searching off and on for a small tripod. Every time I find one it seems too big and they always have functions I don't need and are usually bigger than my camera. I hadn't looked for tripods for a while so I did my usuall search for "world's smallest tripod" and this came up...
The Manfrotto 797 ModoPocket, best idea EVER. These pictures certainly don't do it justice. To put it in perspective, it's smaller than a Zippo lighter. I'm not a tripod designer, but I'm now in love with one. Looking at this tripod (is it? there's either 2 legs or 4 legs, depends how you count them) I'm so glad it finally happened. Here are a few pictures of the 797 on my Lumix DMC LX3, a perfect match.



Not pictured is a screen protector I got from Lexerd, def worth getting anytime you get a digital camera. The screens are so prone to scratches, and a clean screen means more $$ on Ebay when you're ready to move on. The final piece of the puzzle will be the JJC ALC-3 auto lens cap I keep seeing pictures of. The only real downfall of the Lumix is dealing with that lens cap everytime you want to take a photo and then putting it back after. This looks like the solution.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"...this bus goes downtown."


Scott came in and got some fancy letterin' this week. He sits like a rock, so it was good time. For the handful of you that don't know how a tattoo gets done (mostly my mom), here it is from sketch to final product.




Saturday, April 3, 2010

Noodles in Atwater Village

I went to get dinner with Dalan in Atwater Village, we checked out the Viet Noodle Bar and I got some pictures while we were eating. I either closed my eyes or looked like a goon in every picture. Seriously, 20+ photos and this is it, the prize pig of the bunch.
Here's what I got, it's beef with peanut something. I picked it 'cause Dalan has peanut alergies and it would (literally) kill him if he snuck some while I was in the bathroom, the only way to really know.
 Dalan's was fish noodle something-or-another, it smelled great but I didn't try any. I keep telling him this should be the photo for his press release (he's had me take 50+ photos so far!!), but all he keeps saying is, "it's not professional," and, "this is the photo they'll be running of me for years."

My mistake.

You can see in this one that we're seated facing a wall with a bookshelf/ledge running the length of it. Not the best view, but it worked out KILLER for taking pictures. In the future I'll be asking for one of those normal tables you can see behind us.

This last photo is a gem because I didn't manage to set the self timer.
I assume Dalan is texting an actual photographer.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

We missed it on Ebay.


Sometimes a tree or two falls in the forest and you or I don't hear it, but plenty of other folks do. If I had better better hearing and $25.49 (I actually have the latter covered), I could've been the proud owner of these two gems. If I'd been born a year earlier I'm sure they would both have been available for considerably less. 1976 seems like it must've been a much cooler year than I've ever previously imagined it to be, who knew.

Sheet 50N, we will meet again some day.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda...