Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Phil Runs Circles Around the Competition

Craig's new (but VERY old) dog, Phil, is a big fan of circles. I took him on a walk to Tacos Delta last week and he made loops the whole way there and back. Phil and Rosie got very cozy tonight before he headed home, his look of confusion is my favorite part.


It was 31¢ scoop night at Baskin Robbins.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


You never know what you're gonna get (:
I was thinking mustard, but he went with ketchup.

At the Bottom of a Bottle

Scott came back for a Sailor Jerry Sailor's Grave in a bottle and an Owen Jensen Helldiver. All too often people want a new version of an old design. "If it ain't broke then don't fix it" applies to 99 out of 100 of these situations, so I'm glad Scott and I are on the same page. 
Tim Forbus did the sailing ship in the large picture, and there's a better picture of that envelope in an earlier post.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Finished Mash-Up

English People

I'm surrounded by them. Every Wednesday it's Me vs. Craig Jackman & Rosie Davis. Granted it's Craig's shop, so I can't act all that surprised. Still, 2:1, that's lousy odds. At least they're the friendly kind (:
I'd hate to work with two hooligans every Wednesday.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bugs and Devon

I met Bugs about a year ago, he was getting tattooed by my roommate at Incognito. I started doing a bunch of traditional work on his leg, all in black and grey. the first two pictures are his. Devon stopped in with him and ended up having a record 6 appointments in the last month! I think my old record was 3 or 4. the panther/girl/butterfly mash-up is on Devon, we'll finish that this month. Lots and lots of exciting project between these two guys, and way more pictures coming soon.


This happened.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scott's Hand

Scott has two of my favorite tattoos, the Ride Hard or Die skull and the L.A. skyline envelope (both on this blog in earlier posts). After a few sessions of laser he asked about covering up what was left. Since everything was half removed we could do this rose on his hand no problem. I'm always a bit leary of laser removal, but without it this tattoo would've been a nightmare to do. 

Healed Torch

I don't get a lot of healed pictures; often I never see the wearer again, and the rest of the time it's just me being lazy. I saw this torch all healed up the other day and decided to grab a picture, mostly because the fresh one I took was terrible. I managed to grab a picture of ths K-I-L-L-E-R homemade tattoo as well, it's one of my all-time favorites. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Finished Gypsy

I posted a picture around christmas of this gypsy head I started. I did a bunch of tattoos on Annette over the last year or two, but she's living in Boston now so it was a few months before we could get to the color. Giving tattoos a little time to heal and settle before moving on the color is actually ideal, but not always possible. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If you can ever time travel...

Pasadena, CA

I came out to Incognito Tattoo just before Thanksgiving 2007, just to cover some shifts for Spencer. I did a few tattoos, and I got to watch Adrian and Adam do a handful of tattoos as well. I can back out in the Spring, Jason Schroder offered me a spot, and shortly after that I made the move to Pasadena. 

Beyond the basic idea of how to do a tattoo from start to finish and street shop work ethic, the majority of what I've learned about tattooing I learned at the Pasadena shop. Over the almost three years I spent there I worked with some great tattooers, machine builders and just overall great people. The time I spent at 750 E. Colorado Blvd. changed the way I looked at not just tattoos, but drawing, composition, color theory, technique, machine theory, and pretty much everything I previously thought I knew about tattooing. Without the tattooers (and customers) I worked with at Incognito I wouldn't be where I am now. I know for Jason this is a welcome change, but for me at least (and probably a few other people as well), it's sad the see the doors close at the old Incognito. I met some good friends in that building, and had the opportunity to work on some great projects as well. I was only around for 3 of the 18+ years Incognito was open, but I'll still miss it.
Thanks to everyone I had the chance to work with that was nice enough to show me a thing or two about a thing or two, wether it was for just a few days or almost 3 years.

Spencer Briggs
Adrian Sanchez
Tim Forbus
Shawn Barber
Mike Collins
Zach Johnson
Henry Lewis
Mason Williams
Lynn Akura
Jeff Zuck
Adam Forman

Friday, February 25, 2011

"Don't utter a single word...
Just shut your pretty eyes."

Kevin is steadily becoming one of my favorite people to tattoo, even if he does have a somewhat grim out look on life.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fly the Flag

After working convention after convention under the Incognito banner, the banner of whoever I was splitting a both with, or (too often) no banner at all, I finally got my own printed. Better late than never, right? John at K & J Speedy Print took care of it for me, he printed Spencer's last month and it's killer. So if you're looking for me in SLC, I'll be under this... 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Salt Lake City Tattoo Convention 2011

I'm headed back to Salt Lake City with Tim Forbus for the Tattoo Convention at the Salt Palace; we'll be there February 18th, 19th & 20th. You can get all the details on the convention here. As of today I'm setting up appointments (I've got some spots left), so if you'd like to set something up I need...
  • Subject Matter
  • Size
  • Location
  • Color or Black & Grey
  • Preferred Date
And if you have any reference images attach those to your e-mail as well. See you in February.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Two Spiders

I did these two spiders at American Electric just a few days apart. Whenever you get to do more than one of something it gives you a chance to try different things, approach the same design different ways. I'm pretty into both of them. Mostly, I'm into the "FTW" hidden in the bottom of the web. Every once in a blue moon I get to do some funny tattoos.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Temporary Tattoos

People will come into the shop every now and then and ask about temporary tattoos, I never know what to tell them. I found these on Ebay, it turns out temporary tattoos used to be A LOT cooler. The seller said they were possibly from the 40's, but I can't find anything here that even says who made them. I was surprised how well done these designs are, they'd make killer tattoos if you just added nipples (or bras and/or panties for a more PG effect) and a little color. Turns out even silly stuff like temporary tattoos were cooler way back when.