This painting got a little out of hand with the randomness in the background. Not quite sure how I’ll end up feeling about it.
A man I listen to on the radio often uses a term that rings in my head: “the cream always rises to the top”. Being in a small tattoo shop and being tucked away in an old empty shopping center has its disadvantages. Of course there are advantages as well and my job at this time is to focus on the positive aspect of the situation and find out what I can do to make it better presently. I beleive on the best ways to boost business at a tattoo shop is to expand my web presence which is what I’m doing now.
I suppose the success I desire with my art will not come easy, as is the case with the majority of things I strive for in my life. Hard work is required and is truly the only way I would want it. The only real way to enjoy success is to go through all of the difficulties that entail rising to the top. My goal is not to become the best tattoo artist or to make a bunch of money. My goal is to make and impression on people with my art and to leave them wanting more. I don’t believe everyone should get tattooed by only me, there is plenty of tattoo work to go around for all of the talent there is currently in the tattoo industry. I do believe if people see my work, many of them would want at least one tattoo from me.
Being in a tucked away tattoo shop is similar to those hole in the wall restaurants. They’re not on the main strip in town but they are all over the place and you just have to know where to find them. I can only imagine how many spectacular tattoo artists there are tucked away across this country. Like I shared earlier, the cream always rises to the top so the majority of those artists probably don’t stay tucked away for too long.
This is the first of a number of black and grey movie star portraits I’ve been working on adding to on a client’s forearm. This is big portrait so it took two sittings. I found a still shot from the Batman movie which I prefer to do when doing portraits of famous people rather than looking for images on Google. Most of the images found on Google have already been used to do these types of portraits so i find my own to keep the art a little more unique.
This is my online store. I have many of my skull paintings for sale as well as some of my drawings from my macabre collection. Prints for the majority of my artwork can be purchased for $30 with a matte border. Much of this artwork is inspired by what I like to tattoo as well. Any art on canvas or paper can be converted to a tattoo either in black and grey or color. Art can be purchased via the store or at the tattoo shop in Rohnert Park.
This is where I create art and earn my living. Stop by and I’ll be glad to discuss your next tattoo, painting, portrait drawing or cover up some unwanted work you have. Whether you live in Santa Rosa and want a tattoo or down in Petaluma, I’m not far. I specialize in custom and realistic tattoos but can tattoo anything. I will have prints available soon of all of my artwork which make great christmas presents for the skull lover in your family.
I have added a page of some older artwork that is for sale along with all of my paintings. These pencil or pen and ink drawings are where I really honed my art skills before I started tattooing in Santa Rosa over 4 years ago now. This is a pen and ink drawing based on a photo of Leann Tweeden. You can click on the “Art on Paper” link on the top of the screen to see some more drawings. I also enjoy tattooing this style of artwork so contact me if you’re interested in a tattoo of this nature.