Rub it off eh..?


This time I like to share something about stencil and making of. Usually I first think what I’m able to do with stencil and what I will “Freehand” using sharpies.


When I started doing tats I was using just normal copy paper and Spirit master transfer paper…

Pretty soon from beginning I did realize that normal copy paper works on small pics and if there straight area in human body. Problems started to rise when tattooing tricky areas, paper was way too “hard” and I have to think something new and fresh. First idea was baking paper! Well that didn’t work at all… “To the paper store” Thank god there was person working who actually knew lots of things about those papers they were selling. After few choices the final one was called “silk paper” very cheap, flexible and so thin. “Perfect for my purpose”  was the first thought…

Back to studio and call to my “test human” it worked perfectly, even tricky areas because paper is so flexible.


Next problem was pencil, it had to penetrate three layers of paper to get it right. Metallic inside from normal ballpoint pen was perfect to this. Wooden pencil was not good for this use.

Wooden pencil was too soft and sharpie had same problem, some of those ballpoint pens were also not enough sharp but after while I found perfect ones…


In beginning Dettol was only thing I used. Not so long ago I crashed to a new problem. Making tattoo was going great but rubbing of the stencil was the main reason to think: “Is there any other way?”

Why not to make own, is it even possible? 

Chit-chat with other artists and I see that this is universal problem…hmm… To the worldwide web!

Home-made stencil stuff… Why not?

After searching web I did found some interesting ideas what’s worth of trying.

Mixing Dettol, melted deo-stick, 100% Aloe gel and it was ready for testing. After using this method, problem was gone. Littlebit home-made stencil-stuff and waiting about 10min stencil to dry. Stencil don’t rub of when making tattoo!!! great success!

What I learned?

This thing works like a charm but stencil has to be in right place at first try because this method will stick stencil so hard… Perfect for making portrait style pics where is lots of details. Also I started to make tattoo from down to up or side to side… Why? Well you don’t wash of the area what’s still inprogress.

To the Bat cave studio… Next time people!

To the bat cave…. Studio… Next time people!

Little bit fixing…

Fixing the ‘Ol piece…

Sometimes people just don’t want coverUp tattoo no matter how hard you try. Only reasonable thing to do is fixing it.  Not so easy as it sounds… If first “artist” has been totally useless amateur without any kind idea, it’s not easy way to start. Hearing the ideas what this tattoo should be at the first place makes me to think… What if I go darker and bigger?


Okay, first of all… Only thing what I could do ready is that hammer, rest of the pic I have to just pull out from my hat! Skulls he wants to save as they are so details, shades and colours will be choice of this piece.


       Before…                                      After…

Here we go..!

All four tattoo guns are ready to go, tuning up and (7Round liner), (9Round shader), (7Flat shader) and (13Flat shader) will be used… All I want to do is cover those skulls but that’s not an option this time, so details and more details… Soft outlines and lots of shading. Black to grey and from greywash to colours, mixing up with water to get all different tones of those colours. “Devil is in the details”

What i learned, or did i learn anything..?

It sure was a mess, on the bright side I must say that artist before me didn’t apperently knew what is black or he/she was using some bad ink. I was using tribal black and Intenze colours so… Not so hard to hide all those mistakes. Definitly hard part was that I had to “freehand” the whole area with Sharpies and just get into it. Can’t say what I do differently next time because i’m sure this kind “tattoos” just need epic “brainstorm” before it could look cool. Still I’m quite happy to this one.

C-ya at next time… More challenges coming up! 

Hunters life…

So here we go again, hunter came by and gave me these pawns flash version. Wolf he said and reason because he likes to hunt. Walking in the forest hunting those furry animals sounds reasonable thing to do so why not. I’m not so much hunter if you don’t count hunting discounts and juicy burgers.. I still think it’s cool to have pawns in your arm. Wolf, cat, tiger, lion or what ever suits for your persona.


No changes had to do because flash was perfect he said…



(9Flat shader) and (7Round liner) was choice for this one. Area was again nice because it’s so easy to stretch. Hint of white to those highlighted areas and we’re done. 

What I learned???

Most of all that even small pawns looks good. It don’t have to be size “ENORMOUS” to make it look cool. In future if some hunter asks about idea, I’m definitely going to throw this idea around.

Hunt or be hunted… To the next time!”


Round and round it goes..

Somewhere must be started, first those cherry skulls..


What a beautiful flash this was. So nice to work on this piece. Old school look-alike with some small background colour drops. Colours worked perfectly on this and no need to twist em at all. Rock `n`roll attitude and music will be the header idea of this sleeve area so here we go…


Not bad to make, strong outlines like old school this kind pictures usually have. Simple to Place in arm and no shades were marked.

Making of this Project STEP.1

Stencil was marked on the skin and colours mixed. I made outlines with (9Round shader) and it worked pretty well I think. maybe (12Round Liner) would do the same but this will do for now. (9MG Shader) was todays choice for colours because picture was still bit small and tight. (9Round shader) must be used again on those paintdrops behind the cherryskulls and so I did. colour mixing was still the hardest part but it went well.

Diving bird


Next part was old school stylish diving bird. there can always be rock `n` roll but where’s the bird..? Havent you heard about the bird?!?


Simple thing to do but… there’s always a “but”... those black areas! Feathers are driving me nuts, you can’t just colour it and marking those small points is difficult. my decision: I`m gunna “swoop” those from my head and only outlines i did draw to stencil.

Making of this Project STEP.2

Background cherry skulls, something what matches with other side he says… hmm. Notes? umm.. let’s try something radical…



Some sort stencil was made… lines and turns and stuff like that you know.. Mostly “freehand” sharpie was only right way to make this happen.


Bird got details at the same time when I made those lines for background.. It`s building up slowly but will be rock `n`roll attitude in the end, i`m 100% sure about that.


Still so much stuff to do and far end of this background is… *Ta-Dum-TSS* clef! Beginning of this musical mess we`re about to finish some day.


Do I even know whats going on and did I learn something?

Yes, and I did! So many things was going on and SO many different styles i had to use. Mixing my “greywash” for example I just simply did it on the flow with black tribal ink (INTENZE) and cup of H2O. Needle to the ink-cup and dipping to the water mug to get the perfect tone for moment. BOOM!


Something for him and something for her…

Marriage dates…

Cool idea for couple who was getting married, 22.11.2013 was the date and they both liked dark blue. Fresh and cool I think, first it was meant to be bigger for him and smaller for her but when she saw it ready, decision was made..


Easy to see why, it looks rad and think how cool it`s to have matching tattoo with your love ones. Normally i would prefer smaller size with dates/names but this was close to perfection. Of course the place is nice and picture is “open” so in future there is change to add something more, like backgrounds, shades etc…

Working on this tattoo

Behind of the calf is one of my new favourite body part  to work because it`s easy to strech. You can see whole area and “Inked-one” is in good position all the time. She had thing going on with pain and that was the main reason why she took tattoo anesthetic spray before session. All colours were mixed on the flow just eye sight.. First leg was made from stencil and next one “freehanded” using first one as model. Sounds tricky eh? Well it was, if I would know that both wants the same pic, I would definitely used the same stencil. Lots of black shades were used because they wanted dark blue. (7Round liner) and (13Flat shader) were only needles I did used to make these two, colour mixing was the hardest part and copying that other leg from earlier pic… my luck was that I did draw the first one and remembered all small things.



Not so hard thing to do and transfer to skin, place was easy and only outlines I draw. One shot and it was good. I also marked those shades with yellow Sharpie so it was bit easier to make. So called “memory shades” I prefer to say. Some vaseline to the surface and we are ready to go!

What did I learn?

Surprise, surprise tattoo anesthetic spay made tattoo healing process three weeks longer than usual… THREE WEEKS!?!? Dafuq is that? She had tattoos before and only this time it was taking long six weeks to heal. Earlier tattoos she was took didn’t take that much time, but she didn’t use anesthetic at those… So my conclusion is: I`m never going to tattoo anyone who uses that spray again… EVER! Other thing was that don’t lose those stencils or sketches if there is even small change that you have to use it again. Tattoos match pretty well but it`s not reflection from the other one… Who cares, those two looks so awesome and hey… they are still married!

Tattoos LOVE is all we need, thanks for your time… To the studio!

Sealife is a lifestyle…

In to the deep blue sea..!

This one goes to one who loves sea and all around it… She had many sketches with her and all èm must be one. Shark, sunset, devil-fish, waves, turtle and everything wrapped in the seahorse tribal. To the drawing pad! This was not easy one but because she is diving in the sea for living I must dive to the paper with my pen. Gotta love those people who has that surf-attitude even little, me? nope.. Been diving keys from the bottom of public pool but that’s all, only sea where i have been swimming is Norwegian sea and that was so frigging cold…


Awesome details to do, every tiny spot needs to be in the right place. Gotta think every move so stencil won’t go off. Place set and it`s ready to go.. Had to wait some time before starting so it gets dry enough.


Here we go!

(7Round liner) and (9Round shader) only ones to use in this one. I started from the left side and made it from left to right just like a printer so i didn’t rub off the stencil when working. Really fun to do and place was good to operate, stretching was easy and everything goes smoothly. Painful area i think but not in the “pass-out” zone, not even close.

What I learned?

Next time when doing picture like this, with many details I will use even more liner… Stronger stencil stuff must be made because “rubbing off” was the main problem.

Twin rage

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Rock ‘n’ roll, all night Long…!

Everyone has at least that one favorite band, only few of ’em has so easy to recognise stuff than… Stray Cats! My first touch to this band was when I was doing my “Army time” in the middle of nowhere. One guy from my unit was rockabilly in blood and I mean he literally talked about it all day long. Stray cats, Nekromantix, Demented Are Go, Tiger Army, Mad Sin… Just couple to mention, I didn’t know anything about this lifestyle because I’ve always been heavy metal dude… Of course I played my Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Pirates but all this Rockabilly stuff was kinda new thing… Guy who came for this is again my “test-human” and he told me that Stray cats had big influence in his life, so we had one mission to complete! 


He had picture about Stray cats And it was taken from the painting which is hanging on his wall.. Very simple lines and old school colours, hard part was that greasy hair and place where we put it. Old pics were in that area and this has to fit to them, style and colour you know…


Let’s beat that skin…!

Idea was the make it look like that painting. (7Round shader) for outlines (9Round shader) to tight spots, (13Flat shader) did the rest. Couldn’t change original too much but small things with good taste. Colours had to match pic next to it and upcoming background…

What I learned from this piece?

Definitely rock ‘n’ roll ain’t dead and rockabilly attitude still goes on Shading and greywash for the hair I would do bit differently next time but I’m quite happy of this one… Some tight turns made me thing that maybe I should give a change to those “magnums” in some point and “Vortex-Grip” that I tried very first time today was absolutely the best I’ve hold by far… Going to use stainless steel grips at future because “Vortex-Grips” are way too expensive…

Boom-Chakka-Wah-Wah! Keep on rocking people! 

Knots and tribals…

Here We go again…

Celtic cross, knots, tribals etc. For some reason place is always behind of you, neck or upper back right..? I have no idea why everybody wants that. 


I’m not saying that it looks bad but why not to the arm or leg? Does it really have to be behind of you for Everyone? Apperently yes..


Simple one to make, drawing was from some flash collection and no shadings needed.

Lets get started!

(7Round liner) did these outlines and (9Round shader) colours. Only problem I crashed was stencil what was literally running out from skin. That is problem in pictures like this… Many tough turns and no way I would let this stencil to slip away from my hands. Finished finally and every outline was in right place!

Learning section

I did have precious lesson about stencil and how important is to keep your hands away from the area you’re going with needle. Wipe off with green soap and make rest of the stencil go away…Ugh never again.

Celtic knot with letters

 First letters from siblings names inside the knot, why not…? Behind, upper back? Sure, let’s do it! 


Knot and letters were ready and size decided… No time wasted, let’s go!


What I learned?

Definitely that choosing place is very important and size does matter. If I would do this pic right away again it would be “WAY” bigger… Letters would be also bigger and when you got more space, you can do more details..

Fades away. . . C-Ya!

FC Liverpool!

Football, Football aye brothers football!

Fanatic fans, I love those mates. Every idea is good idea for tattoo if you’re brave enough…  “slogan” inside the ball and kiddos birthdates next to it.  Awesome idea and sketch was ready. Font was from somewhere, I don’t even know where but it works. Last time  football-head was Manchester fan, and this time Liverpool… Here is the Twist: THOSE GUYS ARE BROTHERS! Hah, I understand “braw” situation but this is so much fun. Think about those two watching game together?!?


Letters and numbers were ready to go and only thing to do was making it fit to shoulder. Round “Ball” was freehanded.


Making of..

(7Round shader) and (7Flat shader) was my choose and this one was really sharp one to make. Many tiny things and colours came from FC Liverpool… Couple of white details on shades and it was done.

What I learned..?

Next time i´m going to use also (9Round shader) to make tougher lines in letters, looks more alive and texture maybe needs that.

We`ll see what team will show up next time.. HAH!