I wanted to give a shout-out to Roland Pacheco, a tattooer, writer and owner of X-Isle Tattoo in Hawi, Big Island, Hawaii.
I’ve met him a couple of times, but have yet to get inked by him (timing problems; I dive a lot when I’m in hawaii so it leaves my windows to get tattooed somewhat problematic).
The thing I specifically wanted to share was some of his brilliant breakdowns of how he designs the polynesian work he does; I’ve never seen anything like it.
Here’s an example of one of his diagrams (click the image to see Roland’s writeup).
The details on design elements like use a the fibonachi sequence and meaning of both shape and content is absolutely wonderful.
Roland’s blog is here, and his shop website is here.
This is the best shop I’ve found anywhere on the Big Island. It’s a long way from Kailua-Kona, but it’s worth it.
My new tattoo. By Blake Brand, Polished Tattooing, San Jose, CA.
If you don’t get it, google “dl-44 heavy blaster” and “han shot first”
Edit: it’s kind of amazing, this pic got picked up on fytattoos.com, and yet I got only ONE comment. almost 800 likes and reblogs on fytattoos, you’d think SOMEONE would say hi here.
I guess anything more complicated than a ‘like’ is a think of the past. I guess I better look for a ‘like’ plugin for WP. B^)
One mariner’s dolphin done, one to go. We have two last sessions more and then i’m DONE.
(click to embiggen)
It’s been a really long time since I participated in HNT (Half-Nekkid Thursday), but I figured, I might as well.
My legs, oddly, are the least-tattooed part of me. That needs solving. However, I’m having trouble deciding what to do next.
I have several ideas for smaller tattoos (pinup designs mostly – pirate wenches and hula girl, etc). I also just found this image (Thanks to the lovely and talented Merrick), which I’m in love with, but can’t quire decide where to put. On the other hand, it’s the last major empty area on me, so it’s the last chance to plan a big tattoo.
For big tattoos, I’m pondering both a major polynesian idea, and a big, classic japanese piece with classic subject matter (dragons, warriors, etc). Both would start on the though and expand down to consume most of the space on my lower leg (as much as is free).
So the first choice is, once big one from thigh to ankle, or several separate smaller pieces.
(images after the cut, click images to embiggen, if you realy want a close look at my legs)
Read more “HNT leg ink”
My friend Tricia Allen has a new web site (finally).
She’s the tattooist who did most of my Polynesian work, and is, I think, one of the world’s leading experts on Polynesian tattooing.
Go check out the new site at ThePolynesianTattoo.com
(that’s not Tricia, but it is some of her work)
Three more sessions to go – I have the last three booked.
The formatting on this entry is fucked up, I’ll fix it a bit later when I have a moment.
Read more “backpiece: ninth session”
Anyone who’s ever gotten a ‘tramp stamp’; I feel for you. This hurts.
(ok, my sympathy does not preclude me taking erotic interest in your pain)
Sixth session. Shading is almost done, color is starting to enter the picture. I actually had no clue what this looked like til I got this picture, I couldn’t get a good angle even with a mirror.
Click to embiggen.
The eagle, as they say, has landed.
Fifth session: I was a little hung over today (man, what a party that was last night), so we made this a short session. Just the shading on the eagle. The only thing left to shade is the ship, and then we’re ready to start coloring. That should happen at my next appointment in June.