New flicks…

Here are a few that I have yet to upload here!

New portfolio update soon as well!

The first pass on my first black and gray portrait EVER.  I am pretty damned proud of this :) I can't wait to get a few more hours in on this!

The first pass on my first black and gray portrait EVER. I am pretty damned proud of this :) I can’t wait to get a few more hours in on this!

My take on the classic Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs.  I had a blast with this one!

My take on the classic Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. I had a blast with this one!

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Tricked-out star!  Super fun!

Tricked-out star! Super fun!

Healed pix of the completed kitsune mask!

Healed pix of the completed kitsune mask!

The final central image of Joe's half sleeve.  Background and tightening sessions to follow.

The final central image of Joe’s half sleeve. Background and tightening sessions to follow.

The start of a victorian lady cat on my gal :)

The start of a victorian lady cat on my gal :)

First session on a black and gray anatomy diagram  by Vesalius... I can't wait to do more with this!

First session on a black and gray anatomy diagram by Vesalius… I can’t wait to do more with this!

Maybe one of my favorite designs I have done... my current business card as well :) STILL AVAILABLE !

Maybe one of my favorite designs I have done… my current business card as well :) STILL AVAILABLE !

Sheet one of custom designs for the upcoming Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival which I will be attending, March 28-30

Sheet one of custom designs for the upcoming Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival which I will be attending, March 28-30

Sheet two of custom designs for the upcoming Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival which I will be attending, March 28-30

Sheet two of custom designs for the upcoming Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival which I will be attending, March 28-30

Cover for my book of custom designs that have not been tattooed yet!

Cover for my book of custom designs that have not been tattooed yet!

Custom chair made by my client Joe and myself... email him at JoeClark25@yahoo.com for rad custom shop gear!

Custom chair made by my client Joe and myself… email him at JoeClark25@yahoo.com for rad custom shop gear! The tattoo is the maiden voyage of the chair, on Joe himself :)

I hope to meet some of you at the Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Machine Head…

More tinkering to share.

This was a Green Monster “Build It Yourself” machine kit that I got a few years back.  The first picture is from Eikon’s site and is what the machine looks like built with no modifications or changes.

The second photo is after I went to work on the frame with a drill, sand paper and a metal file.  I think I broke two of the smallest drill bits whilst punishing this hunk o’ metal… sorry dad ;)

The last picture is after I painted it a mellow yellow and rebuilt everything.  I am calling it the “Swiss Monster” now.  My current power setup for my rotary machines uses an 1/8″ headphone-style cable, so I added a converter to the machine, and voila she works! ( I also added one to my Mickey Sharpz Microdial)

I tuned this machine not back to the color shader that it was supposed to be originally (my long stroke Neotat Rotary throws that down pretty well), but went by Joshua Carlton’s setup for a smooth, fast-running black and gray shader from his “In The Studio” DVDs.  I am excited to see how it works out for me.

I am pretty well sold on using rotary machines, but I am always fascinated by coil machine work and tuning.  I still would like to learn more and play around with it in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Maintained Electric…

I have always been fascinated by engineering and electronic junk.  What’s more is that I have ALWAYS been a tinkerer… I was always taking stuff apart as a kid and I still do to this day.  Sometimes to see how it works, sometimes to see if I can copy it, and other times to see if I could repair something rather than throw it away (don’t get me started on how much I abhor our throw-away culture!).  I was even a bio-engineering major in college originally, but math and I didn’t quite see eye to eye.

I decided recently to see if I could manufacture a maintained electric switch for my tattoo setup.  I had read a blog written by Markus Lenhard on Tattoo Artist Magazine’s AMAZING blog not too long ago about the negatives of using the typical maintained foot switch (also check out this blog written by Durb Morrison on the side-effects he has sustained as a result of tattooing).  Both blogs were enough to make me really think about ergonomics and what I could do to improve tattooist health for myself and my friends.

Below are photographs of the results.  It works amazingly.

 

I am currently drafting up a tabletop design of a maintained switch for my friend (and one of my biggest influences) Ryan Speed.  Once I get that all finished up, I will be sure to post pictures of that as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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