Tattoo Machine! Yeah!

A Little History On December 8, 1891 Samuel O’Reilly was given a patent for a tattoo machine based on Thomas Edison’s electric pen.  Although it never gained wide popularity, O’Reilly recognized the potential in this device and modified it into a tool that can apply ink into the skin.  As you can see from Edison’s blueprint, it is nearly identical…

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Weight > Space

My most recent assignment was to add color to my flash. The main idea I learned from this project is to create bold lines and block color confidently. This concept was quite foreign to me since I’ve always favored faint, almost stained-out colors over intense and bold look with my own work. Most of my work look unfinished – letting…

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Story Time: Tatts Thomas & Phil Sparrow

Tattoo history is often a visual or spoken one, where cold hard written facts are left aside for tall tales that are a mix between fiction and fact. To illustrate this even further, I am going to share some of my favorite tales involving Tatts Thomas. Thomas was born in New Orleans around 20th century, but spent much of his…

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Tattoo History

I like to think of tattooing as a time-honored tradition. Although I appreciate tattoos for its aesthetic appeal, if that was my goal as a tattoo artist I would lose my interest rather quickly because what I really enjoy is the learning aspect of it. As I’ve mentioned in my first post, Japanese style is what drew me to tattoos.…

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Flash, Flash, Flash

My first lesson was to distinguish between good and bad tattoos which relies heavily on the principles of form and design. So in order to understand the design concept, I spent most of my time deconstructing Sailor Jerry flash. The biggest thing that I learned was that perception and thinking goes hand in hand. In our current education system, the…

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