Are the blind leading the blind in tattooing these days? This is a question that has been a major topic of discussion between my peers lately. With tattooing becoming as popular as it is these days every person that knows how to doodle wants to become a tattooer. I can only complain about it so much before I start feeling sad and a bit responsible as a result of partaking in crappy reality TV. When I first watched a tattoo being made it felt like I was in something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien book, it felt totally magical and mysterious, and in some ways it really was. Myke Chambers described it best when he said “This local tattooer was like a wizard to me”. Tattooers would perform the most amazing magic act, and they’d be damned if they would teach you how their trick was done. Now days you can go to a ‘school’ for tattooing and pay money in trade for second-rate so-called knowledge on how to tattoo. It’s a terrible shame, those who know little or nothing about our trade trying to teach the undeserved how to tattoo… for money. (more…)
When I get a few minutes from time to time, I bounce around the worldwide web looking for fun stuff and cool pictures, its like a modern swap meet and the goodies you find are photos and links. I came across this one of Abbey on The Blonde Journal. I’m pretty sure that blogs for Women, but the thing is there is a lot of photos of pretty ladies on there, and I’m into that, especially photos of fashionable woman. Women with style, what’s not to like.
When I started tattooing, Dave Gibson, Morgwn Pennypacker, and Milford Barnes all helped teach me a thing or two about painting with watercolors. To me its like exercising, you want bigger muscles work out more, you want to be a more efficient tattooer, draw and paint more. The medium I paint with is similar to the way tattoo ink works in the skin, not as many variables as skin of course, but similar. Just as painting random images without deep purpose or meaning is great and I do that often, sometimes I get all emo and paint. This painting here is one of those times, it represents the feeling I have about my last break up, I loved the girl completely, and it broke my heart to break hers. Also the yellow rose represents; a promise of a new beginning, jealousy, and “I care”. I’m a big fan of symbolism and incorporate it into my paintings perhaps much more often then noticed.
I have been slowly working on a small Rose Sketchbook over the past year, it will be over 50 pages of just roses. It will have guest pages from some of the best tattooers in the world. The few guys that have asked to be a part, I have asked for two reasons, 1: distinction in their roses (styles I personally love). 2: They are friends of mine whom which I respect and Im proud to have them involved. (TH,MW,CG,LC) to name a few .) Stay tuned.
Although it is not legal to declare this anymore in actual war, due to “The Laws of War“. I declare “Expect no Quarter” in my life as a metaphor for not quitting. No Mercy !!
I was looking over my blog and the posts I have made over the last year, and I realized out of all the things I had posted of things I like, I left out one key element, Beautiful women. So from now on, every few weeks I’m gonna post some photos of my favorite kind of art.
Thanks you Treats! blog.
Facebook, in my book is fading away a bit , for me anyway, but I suspect it will stick around for a while regardless if I’m using it or not. (too many bored housewives that wont be giving it up anytime soon)
Instagram, the current growing social media giant, which in my opinion is leading the wave of the future, quick, easy and fun, and if you want you can connect back though Facebook and Twitter through it. now available on android (even though I don’t have one friend that has a android) …I will be doing my “Top Ten” on instagram next. stay tuned.
Twitter, last but not least. now when I first signed up for it a while back, I didn’t use it for almost a year, but all of a sudden I realized that it was a great platform for just some fun nonsense, funny jokes, positive quotes, direct attack of your least favorite celebrity, and stuff of this nature. Its basically a diary of sorts or diarrhea of sorts depending on how serious you take it. for me maybe the latter. as I don’t take it too serious nor do I like people who do. Its Shitfo as I like to call it, and its fun. I like to tweet about; PMA,Fashion, Woman, Tattooing, Morality, Honor, the Street, Hard work, Comical observations..ie. I really have fun with it.
Here is the top ten people that I like to follow;
1. @goodguybri my brother and he rules.
2. @saltwatertattoo one of the best tattooers in the world. witty tweets and great pictures of new tattoos.
3. @makanaalia amazing humor
4. @tobyh2o non stop positivity
6. @evan_dennis great tweets on honor and human observation, among other things
7. @leemrodriguez comments without a filter, witty tweets
8. @tnutp4l solid tweets about the street and the struggle. positive and motivational
9. @lukewessmanfans I dont know who runs this, but they do a awesome job tweeting as fans and representatives. I still cant believe I have one of these.
10. @ftwskills because thats my family, whether he actually tweets or not “Pennypacker GPF”
My twitter @lukewessman