Hello, thanks for reading our blog. In this blog I would like to talk about, one of my favourite styles to tattoo, which is a portrait. Portraits it requires a lot of attention and passion to do them, the reason why is because you need to understand the human face structure. Studying a face is imperative, before you attempt to tattoo them , and the best way to practice is to draw portraits over and over again. Drawing a portrait, it allows you to make mistakes and learn from them, before attempting the skin. I have worked with tattoo artists in the past, who liked tattooing portraits, however they never used to draw them, so it was no doubt they were learning from mistakes they were doing already on someone’s skin, instead of practicing in a piece of paper first, and having respect for your client. That’s why I believe is so important to draw as a tattoo artist, because as this practising method applies to portraits, it also applies to any style, the only way you can develop artistically, is if you draw, so how can your tattoos look better if you don’t draw.
Anyway, anyone who is born with an artistic bone in them, do know that, they have an urge inside of them to draw or paint, just by being an artist, that’s what artists do, regardless if you are a tattoo artist or not. So when you meet a tattoo artist who does not draw or paint, how can they be considered tattoo artists? The meaning of the world tattoo artist, is someone who is art focused outside of tattooing, and bring these artistic lessons and experiences by painting or drawing to the tattooing craft.
I had a seminar with Nikki Hurtado, and the passion that guy had for tattooing portraits was incredible. He studies a portrait starting with the skull, the skull is the foundation of a portrait, so understanding the skull, will give you a deep perspective about approaching a portrait.
Having a passion for studying art, is what is going to develop your art. The more you know, the more you will want to know, it’s almost like an addiction, there’s no limits with what we can learn from art, that’s why I love it so much, it feels like you trying to reach the unreachable in a way, so that’s why I believe, being fully satisfied as an artist is hard to achieve, as we do know inside of us, that no matter where we are, we can always push it a little further. And if you are fully satisfied as an artist, you will die as an artist.
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Thanks for passing by. In this post I would like to share my latest sketch. I love sketching, it’s an opportunity to get ideas out and practise proportion. I like to feel free when I sketch, as when I’m tattooing, I’m constantly trying to be precise and meeting the clients request. So when I sketch I try to do the opposite, just don’t think too much and just let it be. And it feels good. I believe tattooing has a lot to do with drawing. As when you tattoo you still drawing on skin. So the better you draw, the better tattoo artist you will be. I understand some tattoo artists don’t draw, and some of them tattoo really well, however, if they did draw, they would take their tattooing even further. And being able to draw, it allows you as a tattoo artist, to know how to deal with the human body better. When you draw, you will be able to make the tattoo flow and fit the human body better. Thank you for reading, follow us on instagram@familiatattooleeds
Best way to approach your tattoo
In this blog I would like to give a bit of guidance in how to approach your tattoo artist and getting tattooed. I can only speak from a tattoo artist point of view. I’m gonna try to give guidance based on my 13 years experience being a tattoo artist, and learning how to deal with clients, and lessons I have had over the years, with following my intuition and learning what to do and what not to do.
First of all, I would like to start mentioning probably the most important way to approach your tattoo, is to choose a style that you want, and contact a tattoo artist who specialises or enjoys doing that style you are looking for. It seems like a really simple and obvious way to get tattooed, but you will be surprised, how many clients approach a tattoo artist, without being aware of the style the tattoo artist specialises in, or enjoys doing. You can not approach a tattoo artist and ask them to deviate from their style, it’s like asking someone not to be themselves, or asking for someone to act like they are somebody else.
Only approach a tattoo artist if you are 100% sure about getting tattooed, and 100% sure about getting tattooed by that tattoo artist you have chosen. And you should approach a tattoo artist, because you want their work and style, on your body for the rest of your life. So if you love someone’s work, and you know their style is what you want to get tattooed, you will do everything possible to make it happen, you will save your money, you will take a day off work, you will be patient, you will be there whatever time the tattoo artist asks you to be there, you will contribute with everything you can to make that possible. And the reason why I’m speaking like that, is because, the more easy going you are with your tattoo artist, the better work your tattoo artist is going to produce on your skin.
I have done my best work in my clients who gave me the opportunity to work in a good frame of mind. If you are a stress head, it’s more likely you will stress your tattoo artist too. If you worry too much about how your tattoo is going to look, you are not having faith in your tattoo artists skill. I know some of you mite be thinking, but I want to know what my tattoo will look like when it’s done. In my opinion as a tattoo artist is, the more you let it be with your tattoo, the better the outcome will be. I know the tattoo will not look exactly how you were thinking, but it will come out better.
Let me show an example, with my strategy on how I get tattooed. I say to the tattoo artist what they want to hear, and by doing that, I can see their excitement to tattoo me.
When I approached Victor Portugal, one of the best tattoo artists in the world at black and grey, I was really nervous. The reason why I was nervous is because, I’m also a tattoo artist, and I didn’t want him a bad experience, basically, I didn’t want him to think I was an idiot, because the word would be quickly spread around the world, as all the tattoo artists in the world know him, and respect him. So I think that’s a good way to think when you approach a tattoo artist, be respectful of what they mite think of you.
When I approached Victor Portugal, I gave him a few ideas, I gave him 3 ideas, and I let him choose which one he felt more comfortable doing, and I was sure to tell him, that I wanted his style on the tattoo, and I wanted him to be free. By saying that, his eyes lit with joy, and that contributed to his excitement about tattooing me. I said how much I loved his work, and why I chose him to tattoo me. All that gave him not only excitement, but also confidence to tattoo me. The tattoo didn’t come out exactly how I was thinking, but it came out better than I was thinking, and that’s why I chose him to tattoo me, it’s because I trusted his art.
If you do not trust someone’s art, do not approach them to tattoo you, it seems like such a simple way of thinking, however, you will be surprised how many people approach me, making me feel like I’m not capable to do my job. I have clients asking me, can you do this, can you do that. You should look at someone’s portfolio, and find out for yourself, what they can or can not do.
To be complete honest, us tattoo artists, we do not look forward to see every single client we have, because some clients make such an awkward situation, such an unpleasant vibe, and when the tattoo is finished, we are so glad. So please don’t be that client, to make an awkward vibe on your tattoo. You must have faith in your tattoo artist, and stick with the process of your tattoo, under any circumstances, and the reason why you should stick with your artist, and even wait a few months to get tattooed by him, is because you made the choice to have his art work on your body for the rest of your life, and you must have faith until the end.
Jumping from one tattoo artist to another, is only gonna mess your tattoo up even more, and the reason why, is because, even knowing a few tattoo artists mite have the same style, every artist works with a different frame of mind. Every artist has a different perception about art, and how to approach their work.
Also I would like to mention about clients who approach a tattoo artist asking them to replicate the same tattoo they see on Pinterest. You must realise that, a tattoo when it’s done, it was on that moment that the tattoo came out that way, and that moment can not be replicated exactly the same. Even if you take the tattoo you love, to the tattoo artist who executed it, if he tries to replicate the same tattoo on you, is never gonna come out exactly the same, because your tattoo artist mood will be different than previously. It’s also important to know that, tattoos are produced with moods, and we are not in the same mood everyday, so a full sleeve will never be duplicated exactly the same, it will always be a momentous emotional journey.
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In this lockdown, I had time to work on this digital painting of Poison Ivy, she’s Batman’s villain in the DC Universe. She was a part of one of the old Batman’s movies, the one with Jim Carry. With the limitation on technology back in the 90’s, Poison Ivy was just a simple character. I believe with the CGI they are capable to do nowadays, they would be able to do a really good job at a modern Poison Ivy. I hope everyone is keeping safe, and next week we are going to be free birds. Thank you
I’ve always had this idea if I could for one night, have a meal with people who inspire me, no family members, only people who are no longer here, but who left a legacy.
Born in July 10th, 1856. Nicolas Tesla was probably one of the great minds who ever lived.
His birth was very similar to his life’s work purpose, as his mother was in labour during a massive light storm. And she proclaimed, he will be a child of light, and she wasn’t wrong.
Tesla is the reason why we have electricity, he spoke several languages and was able to memorise books in his head. At University he only had to attend 3 years instead of 4, he was a very bright individual.
Nicolas Tesla actually worked with Thomas Edson. That’s what Nicola Tesla had to say about Thomas Edison. “ I came from Paris in the Spring of 1884, and was brought in intimate contact with him “Thomas Edinson”. We experimented day and night… His existence was made up of alternate periods of work work and sleep in the laboratory. He had no hobby, cared for no Sport or amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene. There can be no doubt that, if he had not married later a woman of exceptional intelligence, who made it the one object of her life to preserve him, he would have died many years ago, from consequences of sheer neglect. So great and uncontrollable was his passion for work”.
Tesla’s relationship with Edson only lasted 6 months, as they disagreed in a lot on alternating current and direct current. Also one of the big reasons why Tesla stopped working with Edson was because, Edson had challenged employees to build 2 different machines, and who successfully did it would receive a huge bonus of 50.000 dollars, which it translates to millions of dollars today.
Tesla completed his task and presented his work, and was denied the bonus promised by Edson. Edson claimed the challenge had been presented jokingly, and stated to Nicolas Tesla “Tesla, you don’t understand our American humor”
Nicolas Tesla then deceived to open his own company, where he was going to research and work with alternate current.
As an amazing intelligent inventor Nicola Tesla was, his personal life was filled with sacrifices, he never got married, and stayed by himself to make sure he could focus on his work. He said “I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married man”-Nicolas Tesla
He was dissatisfied with attitude of modern women of the 1920’s, he stated “I had always thought of woman as possessing those delicate qualities of mind and soul that made her in these respects far superior to man. I had put her on a lofty pedestal… I worshiped at the feet of the creature I had raised to this height, and, like every try worshiper, I felt myself unworthy of the object of my worship. But all this was in the past. Now the soft-voiced gentle woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished. In her place has come the woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished. In her place, has come the woman who thinks that he chief success in life in making herself as much as possible like man- in dress, voice and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind”. -Nicolas Tesla
Maybe feminism started in them times? I don’t know, however by his statement, it seems like he use to worship woman, but then he changed his opinion due to how they had become in his modern times. I understand some people not agreeing with his opinions and philosophy, however a man with his sort of brain and intelligence will not think like most people do, to be the first person to come out with the idea of electricity, is not for everyone.
He lived large at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, spending 20 thousand dollars which is half of a million of today’s money. That’s what really got him in debt. However living in New York, he had the access to rich people who were willing to invest in his inventions, some successful and some failures. However it’s know that a lot of amazing inventions by Nicola Tesla was copied by another inventors of his era, specially Thomas Edson, who wanted to provide paid electricity to the public, while Nicola Tesla wanted to provide for free. That’s probably the reason why Nicola’s Tesla does not get the credit he deserves, because he didn’t work with “the system” the government. While Thomas Edison did.
That’s probably the reason why in schools, they mention about Thomas Edison, however it’s not mentioned about Nicola Tesla. It’s a pity to know that I have only came to discover who Nicolas Tesla was, as an adult, how crazy is that. That proves how much history is whatever they want to tell us. And only people who they choose to be know, will be mentioned I’m books and history.
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Carrying on from my previous blog. Bob Marley next on my list of the table of the greats. I’ve always had this idea if I could for one night, have a meal with people who inspire me, no family members, only people who are no longer here, but who left a legacy.
Bob Marley was the first 3rd world artist to become world wide known for his music. His spirituality and genuine approach to his music made him someone to never be forgotten.
Robert Nesta Marley wasn’t always a Rastafarian, when he married Rita Marley, he went to America as a normal Jamaican citizen, and worked in a a car factory in America, until realising what he should be doing was back in Jamaica. He left America to go back home, to then becoming a Rastafarian.
Bob Marley’s first attempt to work with music was a fail. While he was in America still, he got in touch with a musician called “Jimmy Norman” who wrote the lyrics of the song “time is on my side” by the Rolling Stones, and that’s a big success until to this day. When Bob Marley got in touch with Jimmy Norman, they did together a demo tape, and he presented this demo tape to various music labels at the time, and no one paid attention to this demo tape. No music label seemed interested in the project.
After years of work, Bob Marley got a deal not a contract, to go on tour with Jonny Nash in England. Jonny Nash was very successful at the time, so that would help Bob Marley to start his music journey. Bob Marley helped Jonny Nash to make a song for the movie “what’s so much to believe”
When that tour with Bob Marley and Jonny Nash ended in England, Jonny Nash went back to America, and said good bye to Bob Marley. So Bob Marley and his band stayed in England, because they couldn’t afford their ticket back to Jamaica. That was when “The Waillers” got in touch with the businessman called “Chris Blackwell”.
Chris Blackwell, had licensed some of the songs that Bob Marley had done in Jamaica, to be played in England, however the band hadn’t receive any money for that. So they made the most that they were stuck in England and Chris Blackwell owned them money, and they went to see, if they could get Chris Blackwell to give them something from all the songs he had from the band.
Chris Blackwell was intelligent and made an offer that would change Bob Marley’s career forever. He offered 4 thousand pounds for the band and, which back then it was a lot of money, all tickets paid for to go back to Jamaica. He would done that if Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded an album for him. Very intelligent guy, as he could see Bob Marley a already made star.
Chris Blackwell has lost Jimmy Cliff in his music label company, and thought that Bob Marley would be a good substitute of this void of a star, in his music label.
And that’s when the band went back to Jamaica, and recorded the spectacular album “Catch a fire” The lyrics had a strong political content. This album was released with 2 covers, the first one is very rare to find. That’s when the name Bob Marley and The Wailers came about for the first time.
A lot of people don’t know this but one of the reasons why Bob Marley got so famous was because Eric Clapton, re-recorded one of Bob Marley’s songs “i shot the sheriff, and released in Eric Clapton’s album.
If you would like to know more in details about Bob Marleys life I would recommend a book called “No Woman, No Cry” my life with Bob Marley by Rita Marley. In this book you will have details of Bob Marley’s lifestyle, by someone who knew him like no one, his wife.
Bob Marley is immortal, his songs are always gonna be remembered forever. With his positive lyrics he reached and conquered different cultures all around the globe. I think it would been interesting having a conversation with him. I’ve watched a few interviews with him, and he seemed like not the typical guy you meet everyday.
It’s sad to see some awesome people have such a short life. But the legacy he has is second to none. He’s known to have 14 kids, that he knows of, he could have more kids out there that he didn’t know of.
Bob Marley died one year before I was born, it’s almost like I arrived a little too late, but getting to know him through his music has been a blessing to all of us, as an artist he had the ability to create his own world so we could live in it.
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