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Moving the studio around for Jimmy Scribbles

Hello everyone, thanks for looking at our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what’s been going on behind the scene in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

In this blog I would like to talk about what we have been up to in the studio. As you probably know, we are going to have a new artist in the studio, we were in search for an artist for a long time, and it seems like we have finally found someone. We were looking for someone who could deliver a clean line, good personality.

Monday’s are my days off, and I was really looking forward to have my day off, however this time, I couldn’t have my day off, as I needed to pop in the studio to move everything around for Jimmy Scribbles start working.

We have a bigger studio than our previous studio on call lane, we want to keep to one more artist for now, but we could be looking at having another one, as we do have the space for a fourth artist. However for now we are happy to have Jimmy, we look forward working with him, and we hope to learn something from him.

As artists, it’s an endless artistic journey, and where it takes you to, will only be translated by your dedication and focus. In the end of the day, you get out what you put in. That’s probably my favourite artistic quote, you get out what you put in. Simple, philosophical and factual.

So from now on in the studio, we have me, doing realism and fantasy. Joe doing Japanese, and Jimmy doing letters. It’s a good balance in styles, so we gonna bounce from each other’s style and trying to take the best from what each artist has to offer.

We are very passionate about art, and meeting good artists is the way to develop artistically.

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I want my tattoo now

I Want My Tattoo Now


Hello,


Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.


I had the idea to do this blog, due to the amount of customers who request for a tattoo, and they want it now. And when you say you have a waiting list, they get disappointed about the fact that they have to wait a few weeks, or a few months for their tattoo to be done.


A very few clients truly understand about tattooing or tattoos. I have been tattooing for 13 years, and I could count with my hands, how many clients actually seemed happy that I had a waiting list. One cliente once said to me, I would be worried if you didn’t have a waiting list. Clients like that have an understanding that, anybody who’s a decent artist, someone who cares about what they do, will have a waiting list.


Some clients don’t understand that. As tattoo artists we have to take care of what we are doing everyday. And in order to do things properly, we can not tattoo 5 people in one day. I have worked in studios where, the busiest the studio was, the quicker the tattoo artist worked. Would you like to get tattooed by someone who thinks like that? Just imagine walking in to a tattoo studio, and by chance a few other clients also wanted to get tattooed that day, and each one of the clients have their tattoo rushed, because that tattoo artist is trying to get it done as fast as possible, as they are trying to get as many people in as possible to make as much money as possible.


One thing I’m sure is, It doesn’t matter how good of an artist you are, or you may think you are, if you rush your work, you will not deliver a quality stand of work every single time. I have worked with amazing artists, and they used to rush their work to make money, and sometimes I looked at their tattoos, and it didn’t look like they did it, because it was so rushed.


So when someone has a waiting list, it means they take care of every client they have everyday, they give their attention to one or 2 tattoos per day, trying their best at every piece they approach. Working with this frame of mind, you are reaping what you sow, instead of cashing in as much money as you can everyday.


When you try to do things properly, you have to organise what you do, plan your day ahead, for a better outcome in your work. You have to look after yourself physically and mentally in order to deliver the best you can to your client.


So which tattoo artist would you prefer to get tattooed by? The one who fits as many clients as they can everyday? Or the one who fits less clients everyday in order to do better tattoos?


I find it astonishing, how many clients do not want to wait for their tattoo, for something that’s gonna be on their body for the rest of their life. What’s a month or 2 for something that you want it done properly from someone who cares about what they do.


I guarantee you, some tattoo artists, they don’t give a dawn about you, all they want is to get you out of the chair as soon as possible, so they can get richer as soon as possible. It’s all about the money nowadays. It’s rare when a tattoo artist understand that it’s their passion for what they do, that will bring clients to them. And it’s a very few clients who understand that tattooing is not like going shopping to buy clothes, or purchasing a tv or a fridge. A very few clients understand that every artist has a different style, and each style will make their tattoo look so different.


So if you like someone’s work, it doesn’t matter how long you have to wait for, as I’m sure time goes so quick nowadays, and a few months will pass by, like a blink of an eye, and you are going to be tattooed by someone who you love their work, and not because they can fit you in earlier.


Your body is more valuable than getting tattooed by someone because they are not busy. If an artist doesn’t have a waiting list, someone with a common sense would question why. 


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Quarantine Sketches

Sketches in Quarantine 

Hello everyone. We hope you are well and keeping safe in this pandemic.

In this blog I would like to talk about my sketches during the lock down.

Sketching has always been close to my heart as it’s an opportunity to develop your artistic skills, try new ideas and explore new areas.

A sketch for me is also a lot of fun, you can feel free to put down whatever comes to your head, without worrying too much about requests or opinions.

As tattoo artists we have clients to work with, and meet with their requests. Listen to their idea, and try to deliver their wishes. I love doing that, and I enjoy pleasing my customers, it’s an amazing feeling when you have given to a client what they were planning , and they are happy with the end result.

However, it’s even a better and satisfactory feeling when you have a blank piece of paper in front of you, a sharp pencil and just let your imagination flow, it’s just the artist and the paper, that feeling only artists can describe it.

Sketches are the birth of a racing creative mind, which it feels satisfied to have the opportunity to make an idea become concrete, in the eyes of the artist.

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The Masters of the Universe

The Masters of the Universe Project 

Hello,

Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

In this blog I would like to talk about a digital painting work in progress I have, of probably my favourite cartoon animation of all time, which is He-man the masters of the universe.

As an 80’s kid, it was truly staggering to see one of the greatest animations ever made such as, He-Man, Thundercats, Dungeon and Dragons and The X-men.

I’m grateful to have been a kid in the 80’s and 90’s and experience all this awesome movies and cartoons. What a great era for creation, of movies and cartoons. I can mention a few of my favourites, Robocop, Predator, Back to the future, Rambo, Masters of the Universe, Labyrinth, Batman and so on. I’m sure I haven’t mentioned a few. 

I have heard that they are making a new series of Masters of the Universe. And that got me really exited, as it would be a real dream come true, to be able to see a movie based on my favourite cartoon as a kid.

I believe with the technology they have nowadays, CGI, they would be able to make justice, to translate to a movie all the magic the cartoon endured. Standards that the first making of Masters of the Universe didn’t achieve, due to the lack of technology. 

The very first Masters of the Universe movie was released in 1987, I was only 5 years old. I remember going to the cinema various times to watch it. And when it came out on cassette tapes, before dvds, I think I must watched it over 15 times.

He-man the masters of the Universe movie, is one of those movies made in the 80’s, that when I watch it nowadays, I still enjoy it just as much as when I watched it in the 80’s.

To be an artist, maintaining the child inside of you, is what gives you a fire under your butt, and inspire you to do art. I’m pretty much still like a kid in my head, and I hope to keep like that for many years to come. And get exited about watching fantasy movies and cartoons, and feel motivated to sit on the chair and translate my experience to a paper or a canvas.

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A change of plan to a Japanese Sleeve by Louis Santos

A change of plan to a Japanese Sleeve by Louis Santos 

Hello everyone,

In this blog I would like to speak about Bens sleeve work in progress. 

I got a phone call from Ben, requesting for a cover-up on his whole arm, I was surprised when he requested me to black out his arm, as he thought there was no way to fix his arm. He had visited many studios, and apparently all the studios visited by him mentioned a cover-up was not possible, and the only way around would be to black out his whole arm.

All this conversation was over the phone. And usually with a situation to this level, I would say sorry we don’t black out peoples arm. But I tried to convince Ben to come in to the studio, and let me have a look at his sleeve. I remember him repeating on the phone “honestly, it’s really bad” So I really thought it was gonna be so bad, that I would not be able to cover it with an normal image.

Few days went by and Ben came in to the studio for a consultation. As soon as he showed me his arm, I thought… that’s not as bad as I thought. And I knew he didn’t have to black his arm out. However I thought, If he was gonna be ok with the possibility of not blacking his arm out, as he already had the idea of doing so.

I mentioned about the possibility of not blacking his arm out, and he seemed surprised, as I was the only tattoo artist he had visited who had mentioned about this possibility. After the shock, he kind of started asking which options he had.

I introduced the possibility of turning his arm in to Japanese sleeve, and he considered the suggestion. We started to look at Japanese images, he seemed to like the Coy Carp’s, Lotus Flowers, and Japanese Phoenix. I thought… great! He was open minded, and ready to accept to look outside the box, and consider a better way to solve his problem.

We have so far worked on 2 sessions on Bens sleeve, I’m really enjoying having him, and free handing every Japanese theme on his arm he requests.

The reason why I chose to share this experience with Ben, was because I wanted to let everyone know how being open minded, and willing to think outside the box, and change your mind about your first idea, it could really help to achieve, the best and most effective outcome of your tattoo. 

Sometimes some clients are quiet stubborn, and don’t want to really listen to the artist. We have to listen to the client too, however what a few clients don’t realise is that, we want to do our best for them. However sometimes, some clients are not willing to listen to our advice, and the tattoo outcome is not the best as it could be, due to a lack of thinking outside the box and being open minded.

Thanks for reading our blog. And a big thanks to Ben for listening to me.

Thanks for reading and Thanks to Ben for listening to me.

Zeus god of Thunder

Zeus god of Thunder

Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who rules as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. His name is cognate with the first element of his Roman equivalent Jupiter. … Zeus‘ symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak.

Getting the opportunity to tattoo a Zeus the god of thunder is getting the opportunity to do a piece of art. So it should definitely not taken for granted. 

The request for this Zeus god of thunder was made with Zeus holding a snake, which it made me even more exited about it. Sometimes clients have an awesome idea. Sometimes I try to move them in a better direction, trying to do the best I can if the allow me. However sometime their idea is so awesome, that I don’t feel like I need to interfere much with the idea.

As a tattoo artist sometimes is a matter of getting the balance right in between listening to your client and give them what they want, and be honest with them about their idea, and try to move the client in a different direction in order to try to give them a better outcome.

Geek gods are for sure in the top 5 of my favourite subjects to tattoo. For sure I don’t just do the tattoo, I put a lot of thought and love to it. I feel like if I tattooed 10 Zeus god of thunder, I would be exited about doing every single one of them, trying to approach each one of them in a different way.

I have heard sine tattoo artists saying, I’m sick of doing “lions” and sick of doing “clocks” however I feel like it’s a lack of creativity, as every lion you approach as an artist, or every clock you approach as an artist, using your creativity and intelligence, you could do them in a different and exiting way, every time you approach it.

One of the best lessons I have ever had in art. It was in a podcast by an amazing artist called “John Park” he has worked in games like “Halo” movies like “Avatar 2” he has worked on a lot of big movies and video games. 

In the end of the pod cast, he mentioned something that really caught my attention. He said “your art is not gonna get better with time, it has to get better with how you approach, it and your attitude towards it”

I found these words very true. As some artists complain that they are tattooing loads of lions, however they are not producing the best lions. So they could try to approach in a better way every time they have the opportunity to do a lion.

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Olinda Brazil

My trip to Brazil

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Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Brazil.

Every time I get over there, it’s a mixture of emotions. I get to see my family, and my childhood friends. My mind runs back 20 years earlier, memories of my childhood and teenage years are still pretty much vivid in my memory.

I was born in a town called Olinda, greater Recife. Which it was colonised by the Portuguese. Other countries tried to invade Olinda, and take the town of the Portuguese colony. 

The Dutch actually succeeded in invading Olinda, however they were soon kicked out by a fire caused on purpose to get them out of Olinda.

Olinda is well known for its famous carnival. The 3 best carnivals in Brazil are, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia-Salvador and Olinda.

It’s a big discussion, of when Brazil was discovered, if it was discovered in Olinda or Bahia. I’m not sure which one it was. However I have been to Salvador Bahia, and over there they truly believe, Bahia was the birth was Brazil. However Olinda citizens, have also the same belief that Olinda is the birth of Brazil. So I’m not sure which town should get the credit for it.

Olinda is a place full of culture, the culture over there is probably the strongest point of Olinda. It has a culture that is very unique. We have a type of music called “frevo”. Frevo is a very unique carnival type of dance. I would recommend checking it on YouTube. And also “Maracatu” it’s one sort of music which I love from Olinda, with a lot of percussion and drums. 

Olinda is also a very spiritual place, if you are spiritual, you would definitely feel the spiritual vibe in the place. It’s important for me to visit Olinda, to remind me where I come from. When I see maracatu beats in the streets, it feels like I belong there, I feel my roots inside of me, and that’s something that’s never gonna be taken away from me.

If you haven’t been to Olinda, I would recommend it.

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Tattooing Richard and working on his half sleeve

Tattooing Richard, and starting a Fantasy half Sleeve on him.

Hello,

Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

In this blog, I would like to talk about The balance of stencils, free hand, and tattooing Richard and  his sleeve we are working on.

We have done Richard a half sleeve on his other arm, as soon as he came in to the studio, I knew everything was going to be ok, it was his first tattoo, however he seemed like a nice and easy going guy.

I was happy to do his first tattoo, which it was a family crest, the progress went really nice and smooth. We enjoyed our sessions listen to our favourite kind of music, and I was sure to make the progress easier for him, offering a bit of cinema services, we are both in to movies too, it really helps when you have the same interests as your clients, it makes the tattoo process so much more natural.

Soon after that, his first daughter was born, so we did a clock inside of his arm with the time his daughter was born.

After that I didn’t see him for a while. Then he came back to me with an  idea that I was really happy to do, which is my sort of style.

He asked for a Angel warrior holding a sword, trying to kill a Devil. And the devil is gonna have skulls around him. 

I’m a big fan of Fantasy art, and pieces like that is a great opportunity for me to translate to a tattoo, all the movies I watch, all fantasy painting I look at, and all video games I play.

Fantasy is an art style you can find in different art forms nowadays. The newest fantasy art firm I have been looking at, is the series on Netflix “Witcher” 

“Witcher” is a Netflix series based on a vide-game. I have never played the game, however after watching the series, I’m very interested in playing the game now.

Nowadays having technology on our side, Fantasy is a form of art seen in movies and games, as we have the technology to bring to life any fantasy stories I used to read as a teenager, in my opinion we are living the best times for fantasy art. 

PlayStation 5 and new Xbox coming out next year, I’m very exited about that too, as more fantasy games are going to get better, and I will be very exited about seeing them and playing it too. 

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A present to Christian


A present to Christian


Christian is a very dedicated customer, who travels all the way from Munich Germany, to see me. 


He’s an awesome guy, really easy going, chilled, so that makes me look forward to see him. We are both in to the same kind of music so that helps our session to flow well.


As he’s flying all the way from Munich, I thought why not present him with one of my drawings printed on a canvas. He was very surprised when I gave him the frame, he couldn’t believe it actually. Just his eyes when he saw the canvas, it made my day.


Sometimes presenting my clients with my art work, is just a very small gesture I can do for them, compared to all the support they have given me over the years. 


Sometimes we take for granted what people do to us. And when you are in business, our clients are responsible not only for our living, but for our careers too. As I would not have a career if it wasn’t for my customers.


My customers give me an opportunity everyday to better my art, and it’s really amazing when someone have faith in me and my art, to be decorated for the rest of their life.


Thank you Christian, what a good experience we are having

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The choices and focus in life

Our lives are filled with choices, temptations and desires.

Shall we live by letting it be? Or taking control of choices and desires?

It’s a common to find fulfilment from the outward, alcohol, people, entertainment, material possession, personal achievements and so on.

I’m always in between my externals and internal fulfilment, it’s a desire that we can all agree to exist.

Therefore in this journey of life, we experience external pleasures, more than our internal ones. And so on, it’s easy to fall in to the distractions and reactions the external world has to offer, specially nowadays with the era of internet.

As we are all passing by in this life, we are all living a temporary experience by all means. So shall we be reacting by all we have in front of us, or silent our minds and find inner piece.

Every time we walk in nature, we must develop our best thoughts, as if we are not in touch and in harmony with life, life won’t be in harmony with us. 

Our thoughts are part of nature, so why not let nature be part of our thoughts?

As nature is within us, when we are around it we feel grounded and inspired. Clear a mind around nature, and the right choices will come to us.

As life is about choices, you make a good choice you will have a good life, you make a bad choice, and you will have a bad life.

Shall nature be with us

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