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My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:17 am
by Duck
As some of you may know, by day I live the life of a wild and crazy tattoo artist. I've never really shared much of that life here but now as I am closing shop (soon to undertake photography on as a full time gig) I thought I'd share a few images. I did this one today. Preliminary concept sketch and final piece after 3.5 hours. Enjoy.

Steampunk owl sketch.jpg
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Steampunk owl tattoo.jpg
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This one I did last week...

Horse portrait.jpg
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I'll post more later.

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:22 am
by Duck
Here are a few more...

Firefighter.jpg
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Fox.jpg
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Jungle.jpg
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MikeMc.jpg
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Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:24 am
by Duck
Here's another before and after. This one I sketched right on the client. Something I have always enjoyed doing.

Viking sketch.jpg
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Viking.jpg
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And this one was just fun.

Tiger.jpg
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Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:18 am
by PietFrancke
they are frigging cool - blow my mind. The Viking is my favorite - it must be kind of neat to see your work walking about.

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:40 am
by Duck
PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:18 am
[...] it must be kind of neat to see your work walking about.
Thanks for the kind comments. I definitely get a kick out of seeing my work. Specially pieces that I haven't seen in a while. The viking on the arm, for example, is one I never really see around any more.

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:51 am
by St3v3M
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-

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:04 am
by minniev
Quite amazing art, Duck. Though we have seen evidence of the depth of your artistic talent, this is the first real window into the tattoo parlor expression of that talent. Great stuff, the animals in particular for me. 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.

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:17 am
by Duck
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.

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:52 am
by rmalarz
I was completely unaware of your "day job". However, you definitely have some incredible skills.
--Bob

Re: My day job

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:15 pm
by LindaShorey
Fascinating and fantastic! I'm curious if you ever watched the reality tv shows with those tattoo artists? It's been several years for me so I can't recall any names (one was a woman), but I bet you do :)