I had the pleasure of doing this piece recently as part of my coloring book project, on an extremely cool human being who wanted this design as a memorial piece. Enjoy the video, from drawing to finished tattoo.
This is the last design I'm offering for my Folk Art Tattoo Coloring Book project proposal. I'm starting to work on the finished coloring book pages with these illustrations at their center, which, with the finished videos of these concepts as tattoos, I'm starting to shop around next month to publishers. Thanks to everyone who's gotten one of these pieces so far, and for the encouragement and suggestions for new creatures to draw. With all of your support, this project has been a blast to work on so far, and I look forward to putting together a great book.
My first video in my Folk Art Animals Coloring Book project, from drawing to finished tattoo. My goal is to complete 10 of these to help a publisher get interested in putting out a whole book devoted to designs in this style. I am grateful to have several of these in the works so far, thanks to the generosity of some kind people who volunteer their skins (and knowledge of video editing!). There are still several designs available, and one or two spots open for suggestion on animals you'd like to see and wear. Thanks to Tuesday, who came in for this piece, and to all of you for your continued sharing and support of my work.
I am working on a new series of folk art animal designs, for tattooing and as a book of designs to color and use for tattoo reference. Animated gif versions of some of these live on my Selected Works page. Designs are based on a variety of traditional Scandinavian and Eastern European folk art, and popular American Traditional Tattoo elements. It's been a lot of fun doing research for these, and the designs so far have been well-received through my social media. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement, and keep an ear out on progress on this project. There will be more news soon!
"Flash" is an old term that refers to tattoo designs that harkens from a time when tattooers traveled with the circus, or independently crossing the globe with their whole shop in a trunk. A sheet of flash would give potential customers their choices of tattoo before most tattooers were expected to labor over a custom piece for each new client. If you didn't see it on the wall or in the trunk, you didn't get it. "Flash" was the "dazzled" feeling the designs were to have inspired in the viewer, who, unless they lived in a bigger city that was frequented by traveling artists (few of them stayed put in the 1920s and 1930s) probably hadn't seen a lot of tattoo art before. These images were magic heiroglyphs of a secretive cleric's transient temple.
"Banger" is a more modern term that often refers to a tattoo piece that is "banged out" in one, frequently short (less than 2 hours) session. While shops full of tattoo flash aren't as common any more, with the demand for custom work being more prevalent, many artists produce or trade individual sheets of or books of their own flash designs.
"Flashbanger" is 50 pages of designs I drew mostly in 2017, that were intended to be traded or collected by people that wanted something in the old-fashioned tradition. It can be used as a stencil-ready professional reference, or as a coloring book by tattoo lovers (or the tattoo-curious).
I am proud to announce that Float On has released a new book about people's experiences in their sensory deprivation float tanks. I was featured in their first book. Artwork From The Void (FloatOn, 2011) which was mostly pictures and a few selections of writing. This book is primarily writing about the float experience, and a handful of illustrations based on the written works. Three of the illustrations are mine, shown below.
The book release party is this Friday, August 11th from 2-5pm at Rogue Hall (at Rogue Ales, 1717 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201), and is part of the international Float Conference.
Muriel and I are very excited to say that our enamel "I Love My Library" Pins sold out, and have now all been shipped! Thank you to everyone who purchased one of the limited edition pins we had made, which benefits the amazing work that EveryLibrary does to help libraries across the country stay open.
If you didn't get a chance to purchase one, but would still like to donate directly to EveryLibary, you can do so here.
And, if you really want a pin and want to help EveryLibary in the future, we'll be announcing a Kickstarter soon to take pre-orders for another run of these cool pins, so that everyone who wants one will have a chance to show their love. Stay tuned for news on that, and thanks again.