Tattoo Tony

The sleeve continues...

3 weeks later and I’m back in the chair getting the shading done prior to attacking the colour full force. This day went pretty smooth. I showed up at the shop 5ish and Tony was finishing up his current customer so I took the opportunity to fill my belly around the corner at Bogey’s, (Four Peaks 8th Street Ale, boneless buffalo wings, sweet potato fries). Spent much of the time in the chair chatting with Tony rather than reading my book. Watched alot of dated films, inlc Pee Wee’s Bog Adventur and Cap’n Ron. Also watched a fascinating documentary on street artists, “Exit through the gift shop“, if I recall correctly. It was pretty cool and we talked about Tony’s history in street are among other things. I’ll be back for first pass at colour mid-August. I won’t have this done in time to enter it at Hell City, but maybe I can still enter the tree in the cover-up comp or even the WIP comp. We’ll see….

It was a quick 3 hours for me and a reasonable way to close out my day, but Luna had a horrifying time spent in the office first thing that morning through to a group dinner. Incl the commute, her work day was over 13 hours, poor thing. I got home and she was just wrecked. :( I’ll have to make it up to her tonight with some bubbles and plenty of affection.

Zombie Dinner Party

Polite company!

Awfully busy of late, but my Irish pal Haff sent this along to me and I simply had to find a permanent home for it. I have no idea who the original author is, but I salute them and will happily give credit where credit is due when I learn the truth.

More on my zombie fetish later…

New Tattoo Sketch

Victorian Zombie Hunters

Finally! Fresh ink! Spent all spring, from when I was flush with some extra scratch, to now when I’m brokity broke broke, waiting to get back in the shop and continue the sleeve. Originally, this was intended to be a married couple, back from the grave. A sort of homage to ‘omnia vincit amor’, (Lat: love conquers all). As time wore on, I continued to refine the idea in my head and decided instead to work with something more in the hunters category. So here we are, my wife’s & my Victorian alter-egos, confidently holding back the hordes of the living dead. Hot damn, that’s heroic.

It wraps the whole forearm, incl the elbow on both sides. Yes it hurts. It also sucks to be in long sleeves on a hot Arizona summer day. Back in the saddle later in July for color.

In more sombre news, my Irish friend Haff’s very good friend Seb, a French ex-patriot living in Dublin, succumbed to his 3 year battle with cancer at 11:20p Paris time on 30Jun, about 4 hours prior to my sitting in the chair for fresh ink. Seb was also a tattoo artist and I’ve seen his work on my Irishman’s skin for years now. I even had the luxury of slaying zombies a la Left for Dead with Haff, Seb and Seb’s brother Dam last fall. Requiescat in pace, mon ami. You’ve earned some peace at last.

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