What she looks like

When I wrote Wanton, the character was vividly imagined, created by my subconscious, in a dream.

I describe her in the text:

 

Blood-red hair cut just past her jaw line, brushing her long, slender neck. Big eyes some strange color I could never put a name to. Full lips in a perpetual sneer. Her teeth were a little bit crooked (most of these things I noticed only later). Early 20s, probably ten years my junior, but with something in the eyes that seemed much older. 

Later I add that she’s tall (half a head shorter than our narrator, who described himself as a big man so he’s something north of six foot.  Hey arms are sleeved with tattoos, as well tattooed flowering vines covering hips and sides. 

Several years after I wrote it, I bought a book called Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm (an incredible book by the way, by one of my favorite comic artists of all time; out of print now, but I’ve heard a re-release is coming — EDIT: here is the re-print

 

In any case, when I first opened said book, there was Wanton looking at me, straight out of my mind’s eye. 

the tattoos are not there, of course, and hair color; but imagine before she was heavily covered. Wanton’s blond, naturally, hair a honey color. But we know she dyes it, red in the story. So imagine this is a black hair phase, pre-tattoos. The pubic hair would be blond, of course, but again, easily imagined. 

I’ve actually tried to get my Timm to draw my version of this girl (it’s been impossible to reach him thus far). At some point I hope to find someone who can transform this for me, digitally, or even re-draw it in something like Timm’s style. 

Alas I no longer have the book, for some reason, so can’t get a higher resolution image. Until the book is reprinted, this will have to do. As best I can present it, this is her. 

 

 

 

Bruce Timm Naught and Nice page 87

Roland Pacheco’s blog

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).

 

 

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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.

Shoot First

My new tattoo. By Blake Brand, Polished Tattooing, San Jose, CA.

 

blaster

 

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^)

HNT leg ink

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”

the polynesian tattoo

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)

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

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(that’s not Tricia, but it is some of her work)

backpiece: sixth session

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.

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.

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