St3v3M wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:51 am
I'm curious if you don't mind, were you trained as an artist or is it something you've always known, and do you use references to draw things, like the tigers, or do you see it all in your mind? I'm always amazed by this! S-
Tattoo art has a long tradition that has carried through the ages. Simple lines, solid colors, almost coloring book style. Within the past two decades artists (including me) have challenged that norm by creating more illustration type body art (as in some of my examples). When I first opened my studio I refused to do the traditional flash
art, preferring to create my own art in a style requested by the client not some style forced on them from random images on a wall.
As time went on and my own style started developing I relied more and more on photos rather than tattoos. The horse, the tiger and the jungle scene were all taken from photos of real animals. For example, the horse is a blend of two reference photos. One supplied by the client and one chosen by me to fill in the gaps
of the bad photo the client supplied. The jungle scene was a hunt through Google images for reference for all the animals and plants. The viking was taken from a photo of an old man and embellished by myself.
minniev wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:04 am
[...] I'm curious as to how you think the photography and the tattoo art fit together? And also as to whether you'll keep doing some of the tattoo art for fun, or will be glad to walk away from it?
Thank you for sharing a fascinating bit of DuckWorld.
Aside from using photos as reference, the two have a lot
in common. I feel they have more in common than they don't. I would say the two are the same except for two things-- medium used; one is created by hand using pigments while the other uses recorded light, and control; traditional artists pick and choose all
the elements in an image while the photographer has to work with what's in front of them (even in a controlled studio setting). Although the latter transcends into the former with digital manipulation.
As for keeping a toe in the tattoo world. I think that's going to be inevitable. I have to many long term loyal clients that will hunt me down and kill me (kidding) if I leave them hanging. I can count them on fingers and toes so the demand on my time and resources won't be as tough as running a full time studio.