Well, I figure one last update is in order before the end of the world, or at least until I wake up on Saturday and find out that I still have bills to pay,Christmas to celebrate,and a headlight that still needs to be replaced on my recently renewed, crash tested 2012 Kia Soul. Thank God the officer was kind enough to keep me waiting in suspense, while he questioned my child’s age, and school district as though I had decided to steal this mini toaster with a missing headlight away from an under middle class single parent. Anyways, here is what I have been up to the last few months.
This tattoo above was done on my good buddy Mike. We are still in the process of adding a dream catcher underneath of it.
Below is a tattoo that I did on Pippin. Pippin came to me with an idea from the movie, “Lawless”. Lawless is an incredible movie and I highly recommend you watch it
Above is a painting that I did for my friend Lucy. Lucy is expecting a child and I congratulated her with this token for her daughter’s room, and she also was awesome enough to get tickets to a show for me and my lady!
The tattoo above was done on one of my really great clients and friend, Corey. He brought me in the reference and I changed a few things and added my own take on it. This was a fun tattoo because I don’t typically use some of these colors in my custom work.
Below is a rad tattoo on a client that wanted some type of family tree oriented theme.
The last few months have taken a minute to get used to, but I can say that this is the happiest I have been since moving to Georgia. Now this isn’t to discredit the time and efforts leading up to this, but things are starting to take shape.
What a fun little painting, I based it off of a photo from the 20′s. It was a tattoo on a lady’s back, I really liked it and felt like painting it. I later gifted it to my good friend and co-worker’s daughter, Brett Pundt. Talented artist that guy is.
The image above was tattooed while visiting my old stomping grounds, Black Cat Tattoo.
Tattooed in Mobile,Al.
I am very happy to announce that I am now working at “Live Free Tattoo”. Located in Grant Park and owned by good friend and all around bad ass, Jason Kelly. The shop is in transition as well as an overhaul from the previous owners, Phil Colvin (Memorial Tattoo,ATL) and Shay Cannon (Liberty Tattoo, ATL.) The change of hands has been a great addition to the Atlanta tattoo scene. I am happy and proud, as well as honored to be working with such great artists. So many things about this new studio has got my head buzzing. I will keep this page updated and for anybody who is interested in checking it out, you can do so at: Livefreetattoo.com
If you have an instagram, you can find us there as well- Livefreetattoo@instagram
I am in a place where I am finding another kind of happiness. Thank you Phil Colvin for bringing me to Atlanta, thank you Jason Kelly for surrounding me with positive vibes and believing in me, and for giving me a spot in your life, and studio.
I also have to thank my friends Brett Pundt, Jason Smalley, Cori James, Tad Coleman, Kaki Cannon, Shay Cannon, and The Liberty Crew as well as The Memorial Crew for being by my side and being my strength in times when I thought the dark would stay forever, I love you guys.
Most importantly, I could have never moved forward in my life as an artist, or anything else without my loving family’s support. Thank you Melissa and Stiletto
For even in the darkest of realms we shall find one another…
Below are some photos of recent tattoos
A few dragons from my trip to Panama City Beach, Black Cat Tattoo
I always enjoy going back home.
I am very fortunate to have such great clients that trust me…
I like tattooing snakes
The two go so well together. The Jesus tattoo I did while on my trip to Blue Flame Tattoo.
Don’t Fear It..
It has been a little bit since last I posted anything, a lot has happened in the last few months to say the least.
Someone told me that, “Good Things Come From Chaos”. I hope this is true. I have been doing a little traveling to ease the tension and frustration that my situation has produced. I am lucky enough to have a family that supports my recent decisions even though it affects they’re surroundings and comfort zone. I feel like I have truck sitting on my chest when I lay down for sleep. My travels have produced great opinions regarding my situation and future endeavors. Life is great in its grand scheme to destroy and rebuild. I am humbled by the experiences and as any human being, also exhausted and a little jaded at times. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many great tattooers and exchanging tattoos with them as well. When I start to feel a little doomed, I look at what the last 2 years have produced for my family and I, and then I feel extremely grateful and blessed. You can not make everybody happy all of the time, and some will just never be happy no matter what. I am learning to become my own person for my family, and myself. The move to Georgia was one of the best things I could have done for my tattooing and reputation. It has opened many a door for me and I am grateful to those who have helped me open them. The next journey is uncertain, but many ideas have been put in to motion for the next milestone. Here are some picture from my trip to Livewire Tattoo in Jax. Beach,Fl. An incredible amount of respect for this shop.
I did this tattoo (above) on a gentleman that was traveling from South Africa, he wanted all of these elements to describe his travels and situation. I had a great time with him, very polite and easy to please.
Below is a tattoo that I did on my good buddy Justin’s girlfriend. Her grandmother used to work for the Jacksonville Paper and loved Cardinals. She had an idea for typewriter, I listened to her other ideas and put them together. This girl had some nice tattoos from Inksmith & Rogers and I felt lucky to put one next to them.
I have been so lucky to do so many fun tattoos lately, I recently started a full torso piece. I have started the outline to the center, and this week I will be outlining the sides and bottom. Below is what I have started.
Recently my girlfriend’s best friend, Tera came to visit with her boyfriend Justin. She wanted to get a gramophone tattooed on her foot, I have done a few of these tattoos and trying to change them up a little different each time can be a little challenging. It was really fun and I was glad that I got to do it for her.
This next tattoo was done on my good buddy Jake, he is a body piercer at Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta.
Below you will see the beginning of a stomach tattoo I did on our apprentice, Cori.
She didn’t even flinch a muscle. Tough cookie that girl is.
I am excited to get all these projects finished.
This next tattoo is on my good friend, fellow tattooer, and inquisitor of transcendence and science brother, Ugly Tom Michael. Tom tattoos in Charlotte, NC.
He asked me to tattoo something in the way of science, death, and transcendence. These are my favorite things!
Tom and I traded tattoos of the same related subject matter. This is what I did on him.
Tom brought one of his good friends Adam with him to get tattooed by Jason Kelly, another great tattooer and good friend. Jason was booked up so he decided to let me have the thrill of doing a fun tattoo on Adam. He asked for a panther with a dagger going through the head, Adam.., don’t ever shave yourself again.
Below is tattoo I did on Mr. Brett Pundt. Brett works with me at the shop and is an incredible tattooer. We traded tattoos recently, he asked me for an eagle. I had a blast doing this tattoo, I really enjoy tattooing eagles.
here as some little jammers below..
And below are some Magnolias I did. I enjoy black & grey, even though I don’t do it much, I still enjoy the opportunity.
Below is a tattoo I did on one of Greg Christain’s clients. Greg was nice enough to share his client with me while I was tattooing at Tattoo Faction- Cleveland,Ohio. Wouldn’t you know it, he asked for a round flower! There is a whole history behind these flowers, in a short explanation, they are to symbolize protection.
And here is another one I did as a slap over(cover-up) on a good friend and great tattooer, Ben Thomas. Ben and I traded tattoos, tons of fun. Ben Thomas works at Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta.
Right below is a matching tattoo I did on best friends.
I have been trading out paintings to artist that I admire in hopes that I will have something to pass to my son besides my own. This is a painting I did this for Ben Rorke, Ben is one of my favorite tattooers right now. He works Brisbane, Australia.
As I mentioned earlier above, I don’t really do much black & grey, but here is another one.
Below is a tattoo I did on another really good friend and great tattooer, Lana Gooding.
Lana is a resident and tattoo maker in Texas.
and last but not least in my great friend Jason Kelly. Jason is a tattooer in Atlanta. Jason and I decided we were gonna trade butterfly tattoos. Jason is an incredible tattooer and one of my many favorites. He doesn’t have much room, but I am glad to have had a clean piece.
There you have it, its been awhile.. thank you for looking!!
I am sharpening my teeth for Tattoo Faction, Cleveland Ohio. I am excited to work with these guys! Below you will find a few tattoos that I have done this week.
I had such great time doing this tattoo, its exactly what I enjoy and the customer was tough as nails!
I really like tattooing this, it was fun and a little wonky, but I was happy with the outcome.
Its been a minute since the last time I posted anything. I have recently returned from a guest spot in Panama City Beach,Florida. Black Cat Tattoo is my old stomping grounds and where I was tought to tattoo by Albee. I am grateful for all that I was given, and the things that were shown to me by my co-workers. I get homesick from time to time and need a fix of that familiarity, the very place I call home, and always will. This trip was a little different from the last few, I want to thank everybody that came in the shop to visit me, and the friends that gave me they’re hard-earned money for a tattoo. It really meant a lot to me to have that love still there waiting for me when I visit. I don’t like to look at people like “clients”, I prefer to look at them like friends who allow me to do the very thing that I love the most, I am very blessed to have every one of them in my life. I am going to show you a few pictures from my trip, and then a few paintings that I have finished up.
The picture above was done on the inner thigh, ouch…
These are always fun.
These picture were taken with my Iphone, so I apologize if they don’t look as good as they do on Instagram..
How could you not love this?
Here are a few random pics of projects and paintings that i have completed.
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This was a paint trade to the Mrs. Lana Gooding who works at Virtue Tattoo in Houston,TX. Lana is an awesome tattooer and person, take a minute to look at her work.
I painted this and have plans to tattoo it on my girlfriend ASAP, she called dibbs and I aint about to try her!
Here is a fun tattoo “Sailor Jerry” piece that I finished up not too long ago.
Above is a painting that I finished, it is also a tattoo that I will be finishing next week, I am pretty excited about it.
I did this painting and handed it to my mentor and good friend Albee. I hope he liked it because I about threw up doing all that stippling!
A little background I finished on this elbow rose.
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