Monday, January 21, 2013
New Year, New challenges
And now for my trip! I spent the first two weeks of my adventures in Sydney, Australia and Melbourne. In Sydney I worked at Tony Cohen's Illustrated Man Tattoo. This shop was super busy and really fun! This tattoo on the left was the first larger custom piece I had the pleasure of working on. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one, working on my polynesian and trying to be as accomodating as I can to my clients. This was his first tattoo!
I think that after working this convention, I finally understand why alot of artists out there prefer to stay out of the convention circuit. It's loud, crowded, you feel rushed, you feel like you can't give 100%, the pressure is crazy because there's so many amazing artists there doing incredible tattoos, the lighting is bad, etc, etc. I had a pretty bad anxiety attack this day...however as soon as I started this tattoo all my worries disappeared. This to me is the epitome of being in love with what you do.
To be able to completely block out all the crap going on around you and totally focus... not an easy thing to do. I felt so excited to be tattooing in the same room as these artists whom I have not only looked up to, but look at their artwork as inspiration when I draw.
The hibiscus was done at the show the next day. This lovely lady was there working as well, doing amazing pinup style hair and makeup for whoever wanted to. Sorry for the crap photo. This was another challenge.... tattooing ribs and waist without having a bed or something for her to lay on.
After the show Anna and I went out to hang out with everyone from the show at the afterparty. I had the opportunity to chat with some of the artists from the show -Bill, Anna, Damian McGrath, Paul Booth and Bob Tyrell, as well as Tamar Thorn whom I had the pleasure of meeting this weekend....after spilling to them my issues and fears about the show, I realized that I'm not the only one who had/has these fears. I can't thank them enough for their support and kind words which helped me through hectic weekend...not to mention the fun party we had! I think my anxiety just gets in the way. I made it through, and I'll do it again.
When I got back from my trip, Tim came back for some more! This is for the newest addition to his family, Little Miss Taylor!
This one was done on a friend's wife - will add color next time!
Got to do this one this past week! From an albumn design from the band Demon Hunter! Love this design, big thanks to the lovely Miss Alice for this one!
Looks like that's all for now. Thanks for reading if you made it this far... will post more soon!
Here's to a new year, getting better and keeping my feet on the ground!