7 years ago I met a lighting engineer @leejduck as he was doing the visuals for my housemates band. Since then he has been one of my closest friends here in USA and perhaps one of the main influences why I am who I am today. As a person who has hard time making new friends and talking to strangers in a “non work environment” Lee often encouraged me to get out and talk to people. I was having a specially hard time last year so he proposed that we should go out and make an effort to talk to at least one new person to overcome those fears and anxieties. As we stood in this underground club at 3am I saw a girl my age standing on her own. She looked lost - just like me. So I decided to talk to her. Now fast forwards almost a year and @leejduck and that girl, @the_lunatic_hour , are now in a wonderful relationship and living together. These two amazing humans brought their friends together for a weekend of getting to know each other, party and create new friendships. This weekend wouldn’t have happened for me if I have not had gone and forced myself to escape those feelings of being scared to put myself out there. My fear of missing out was making me miss out. Looking back to this past weekend I realize the power of friendships and people in our life, specially those who have been there for years, and those new blossoming friendships where you can tell mutual excitement of meeting a likeminded person. If you suffer for a social anxiety and cases of #fomo remind yourself that new friendships come when you least expect them, but only if you plant the seed and then nurture it. I have learned my lesson in life; let people in. Some people might disappoint and hurt you, but as a whole the benefits of healthy network of people will overpower everything. Never underestimate the human need for companionship. 🖤 go get it.
Fully finished shoulder/side piece. We finished the underarm rope and rope ending, everything else is healed. The owl skull was done months ago and has fully settled in. I wanted to show how my pieces mature and heal. With single needle work some blurring and fading is to be expected, as it is with all tattoos. As you can see tho the rope texture will hold, even when done with single needle. // clients idea was rope and owl skull.
I get asked a lot about machines and equipment. I have been using the bishop wand for couple of months and I love it. I use it both for my fineline tattoos (1rl, 3rl) as well as magnums for black and grey (ranging from 5rmg to 27rmg). I have mainly been using @davincineedles recently. I have a critical power supply and run it between 8.3-9.3 depending on area of the body, needle and skin type. When lining I hang my needles as long as I can, when shading I push them in. So I adjust my needles with every needle size. I personally haven’t used coils for years. I do understand that some swear by them, but from personal experience I always preferred rotaries. I do not have “money bumps” on my fingers ether as the vibration and weight of the rotary style machines do not wear your bones down with the same rate. / Inks and other supplies change as I am currently testing out preferences. From stenciling I have always used @stencilstuff and for healing @saniderm .
I will be coming to NYC @nyempirestatetattooexpo with @inkedmag JULY 19.20.21st. I am fully booked through the convention as I will be focusing on this piece for the weekend. My inspiration for the pieces come from various places and the meaning becomes personal to those who carry them. When seeing art by others we found our own connection points to the art. To some this might be the angel of death reminding them of our mortality, to some a saint, carer, love, death and resurrection combined. Beauty of it all is that we all can reflect individually and find our own meaning. What would this piece represent to you?
Little kitten egg. Meowser in a making. 🖤 our animal friends make us happy and give us comfort. On sad days we might find ourselves YouTubing soothing videos of cats and dogs getting in to trouble, clumsy lions falling off ledges or penguins flopping over like bowling pins. I very much enjoy tattooing pet portraits and animals in general. Done at @nixtattooshow Toronto Canada.
Apparently 10 videos weren’t enough to go through this. After a wild 36h ride of screenshots, receipts, criminal history, medical history and countless people reaching out to me to warn me that my partner was not safe to be around I have found myself in a world of absolute disbelieve. It has been beyond the wildest time and since going public I have been flooded with people DM’s from my partners past confirming that this is a pattern and I wasn’t the first one being fucked over. When you have constant revolving door or girlfriends, friendships and business relationship where you are unable to maintain in-person-relationship you have to ask yourself why that is. I am sorry for everybody who has reached out to me and shared their stories, the girls cheating with him, cheated on by him, the people he burned with business, the friends he screwed over.. the endless trail of shit you left behind. I am sorry for the people you work with and talk down to, I feel bad for the environment they have to welcome you in for you to just turn around to put them down. I ask sorry for the friends you had I heard you shit talk to me. They were amazing. They were such great people, they don’t deserve that. This is why people leave. I’m sorry for the ex’s you made to seem dumb and incompetent, they were amazing, they were smart beautiful women who didn’t deserve this. None of us did. Not us girls, not your friends, not your coworkers, not your business partners, the ones in your past, current moment and the ones in your future.
Today the lanterns and owl collaboration with @alexisvaateteart continues at @vaticanstudiosoc . We will be going Live during the day from both our accounts if there are questions you guys would like to ask live from ether one of us. #bishoprotary@bishoprotary@davincineedles
So exited to come back to NYC! @nyempirestatetattooexpo ! July. Yes! I will be at the @inkedmag Booth again. Let’s do this. Also will be stopping in Pennsylvania on my way to see my friend. I will start figuring out dates and availability. I would love to do a large scale black and grey piece during the convention I can enter in to a competition, thus I am happy to do a solid discount for somebody wanting a multiple day session. Please contact me via the contact button or clicking the website link on my profile. I will update this as soon as I figure some extra stuff out. 🖤🖤
Great white on the side of the arm with the tail framing the elbow. I mainly do full day sessions as it comes to lowered hourly rate (set day rate), but I also do smaller tattoos like this. For smaller work I have an hourly rate. For all inquiries and more info please click the link on the bio or send me an email via “contact” button on bio. Thank you 🖤
Been up in Canada for the @nixtattooshow this weekend. Received some picture of my kitties from my friend babysitter them. I miss my kiddos. I wish traveling with the would be easier. I would absolutely have my own meow parade in my room whichever hotel I would ever travel to. Miss my Siggy the piggy.
Close up of progress. I blocked out the black on the lower part of the arm. Second layer to come to add midtones and details. Top part of the arm is healed. This design was part of my predrawn designs. You can don’t them by clicking the link on my bio. From there she wanted to extend the hornbill design as a full sleeve.