I have a lot of clients coming to me for half sleeves, and I love doing them… usually 2 or 3 sessions at most, and the upper arm is a great place for a big tattoo. I’d say about 9 out of 10 of these clients come back within a couple of years (or months in some cases) wanting to extend the tattoo into a full sleeve. That was the case with Lauren, who traveled from Portland Oregon for an all day session to finish up the half sleeve we had finished about 2 years ago. Luckily for me I’ve gotten used to people coming back for more and have started drawing most of my half sleeves to accommodate the inevitable extensions.
Sometimes it can be hard to get the scope of someone’s artwork/tattoos from a blog… there’s no gallery and all that scrolling can be really bothersome. So if you are interested in seeing a bunch of my tattoos all at once go to the New York Adorned website. I just updated it last week.
I usually won’t read something on a blog unless there’s a picture, something about having to commit to all those words really annoys me… so here you go:
Eva was a trooper. She came in for a magpie with a straight razor and I talked her into adding all of the geometric flowers… although it wasn’t very hard to convince her, so I don’t feel too bad!
Rebecca came in with a faded tribal tattoo on her lower back, and we covered it right up. She was so sweet to let me experiment with some more of these hex/geometric flowers. Thanks girls!
I just finished this half sleeve… and of course she’d moving to Portland! WTF? Come back!!!
Kelly came to me last year for a tattoo and is now practically covered in them. She makes her living as a pastry chef at Locanda Verde in the Greenwich Hotel. After her last tattoo she told me to stop by for dinner after work. So I recruit my friend Claire and we make the trek to Tribeca.
I should have known I was out of my league when the front door man rushed out to open our cab door. Claire and I had both just finished work and were absolutely under dressed… tattoos everywhere, sweaty faced, ink covered jeans… total scum bags (Ok, so it was just me that looked like shit, Claire was put together perfectly as usual). We marched through the throngs of beautifully made up faces staring at us to the hostess booth and were told there would be a two hour wait!
Feeling every bit the major dork that I am, we ended up eating at a diner across the street. And it wasn’t until the next day that I saw the restaurant on the cover of Time Out NY…. turns out we thought we could just waltz into Robert Di Neros new restaurant! If and when the hype dies down, I will give it another try…. way to go on landing that gig Kelly!
The friend I dragged along with me is Claire Vuillemot …. an amazing tattooer and designer. Check out her stuff:
If I could do a whole sleeve of this stuff I would…. thats a hint Yelena!
This ones based on master potter Alfonso Castillo Ortas work. The sculpture has butterflies all over it but we opted for birds.
I’m really getting the hang of this blog thing. I could practically do it in my sleep!