COOKIEMONSTER TATTOO

(Recommended audio track) https://m.soundcloud.com/vauhti/vauhti-jos-mie-kuulen-aania-niin-sieki-kuulet-niita

Back in the days I watched lot’s of cartoons. Teenage years I was drawing many sheets from the comic books, later on I started to draw caricature pictures about my surroundings. This was also the time when I lost my passion to the art and sketching. I’ve got it back in time but several years it took time.

One my dear friend from Catalonia told me, that Cookie Monster was one of those joyful moments of his childhood. Next logical step as an adult is of course taking tattoo to your shoulder.. Really easy to understand, been there done that!

Making of:

This spectacular piece I’ve started with very accurate stencil, I marked all the black spots and outlines. Normally I would started by making the outlines but this time was different. My mentor always says about shading techniques and going from grey to black. Huge change for my shading technique, because I’ve done it always from black to grey. Maybe the reason for all this is this caricature drawing history of me. 

I have noticed that strong lines and shades what I use in those, works so much better with old school pictures.

In the beginning I marked all the black spots with grey wash, using 13MAGNUM Shader and around 5% ink/water mixture. Next I changed needles and machine to the 7ROUND LINER and made all those outlines. In this point I already had a problem with stencil rub off. Hardest thing was to stay in those outlines. Coloring was also a hand full, but because l the dark spots were marked it was easier to apply. Four different kind shades of blue and it’s finish. In those really tight spots I were using 7FLAT Shader and 9ROUND Shader.

Very Interesting and tough piece to do, and he took it well..

I’m really happy with this piece and saw it healed just few days ago. Intenze colors were used again. Definitely going to use this technique on my future work. 

Next time, more work.. thanks for your time. 

Yours: Jay

Audio masterpiece from the one and only @vauhti https://m.soundcloud.com/vauhti and amusement from monkey pussycat (YouTube) https://youtu.be/8CZcmYTIEQw

Making of few tattoos..

So the year has changed, and break for this writing thing is over again..
Lately I’ve been so overwhelmed with my study process that I haven’t wrote anything. (Apologizes for that)

https://m.soundcloud.com/vauhti/vauhti-dc-8-62
Break from tattooing also has taken few months. Of course something has come to the table, can’t stop doing what you love…

Next piece we’re interesting because many reasons, first of all… AMBIGRAM…! You just have to love those..  These always reminds me about the beauty of the horror movies, writing seems to be something way different purpose.

She had crazy “near death experience” and her life were saved by Her bff.. She wanted the scar and tattoo combination in her stomach, to remind her about that, the rest of her life.. (Scar was already there, only tattoo I made)

Making of:

Beginning and stencil was easy to apply because she had ready pic with her.. She is one of my regulars and so much fun to work with..

7Round liner and 9Round Shader was my choice today. Before starting to do those lines I knew that the hardest part about this was the place.. It’s really complicated place to keep skin tight all the time..

Lines done and only the filling up more to go… In this point AGAIN I realize how to improve my work in near future. This happens so often, but I think it’s good for me. This tattoo could look much softer if I had made from the beginning just using that 9Shader, and for the client it would be easier to handle.. Less time you use to break skin, less time it takes to heal..

Black and white from Intenze I used and those are really smooth mixing inks to use.

It turned out pretty damn fine, so much fun to work small tattoos like this.
This next one were small also, Star Wars HC-fan of course..

Star Wars symbols

This was especially hard piece to do, not because of the symbols but the forces of the nature.. FAKIN HUGE Thunderstorm in the making of outlines, coloring had to do next time.. These were the selected symbols and that red line was freehanded for giving colors.

Making of:

First time I used 7Round liner and second time 14round liner, 9flat shader for coloring parts. Especially hard one to make stencil straight. Definately learned the hard lesson about forces of nature, if the weather gives you chills and keeps cutting lights off, don’t start.

Afterward thinking I would wait for better weather, also I would use liner only in those tight spots. I really have to start using more shaders so my tattoos get more…softer? I mean the influence of the contrast.. 

Both tattoos were so much fun to do.. thanks for reading!
Music by the one and only @vauhti (SoundCloud) https://m.soundcloud.com/vauhti and amusement by monkey pussycat (YouTube) https://youtu.be/8CZcmYTIEQw

Small and pretty, like me..!

Time has gone by and I can almost taste the end of summer. I’ve been doing many small tats lately and have to say, it’s challenging every time.

https://m.soundcloud.com/vauhti/vauhti-ghost 

Names and birthstones

This dame got one spectacular idea: “Names and birthstones” Hell, I havent even heard about birthstones before and had to do some epic investigation stuff before could start even sketching…

Stencil

Stencil were easy to apply because the place was flat, no need for silkpaper. 

“Stones” was only few straight lines and I made ’em with my shader.

Making of…

I was using 7Round liner and 9MgShader. Colors had to mix like she wanted.

What I learned…?

First of all, stencil for pictures like this should always make with “sharpies” and freehand style. 

Decorating lines could also be much bigger giving the smoothness for the whole pic.

Perhaps next time I would even use a smaller needle for some special turns, 3Round liner could be nice, and tattoo would have more deep illusion.

Don’t forget to do “bloodline” like my mentor always says!

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Big feather

She wanted a blue feather to the hand. Really specific about what kind and what color. 

Stencil

Had to use silkpaper so I could turn this right way from inside out. 

Normal paper won’t work and stencil goes blurry easily, trust me..

Making of…

Stencil placed and ready to go. 7Round liner, 13Mg shader and 9Flat shader for tight spots. This time I made whole picture “bloodline” and blacks using (10% Black 90%H2O) mix.

It was really much more easier to start adding blacks and contrast when bloodline were down under.

Colors that I used were from Intenze this time. Outline black, peach, green and different tones of blue. Mixed up all colors with water and white.

Of course all the trimming and details I made with white using 7Round shader.


What I learned…?

The greatness of the bloodline! 

No need to say how important it is to do shades and lines with enough light mixture and add the darker shades after.

Sure I knew this earlier but now I’m starting to realize what my teacher/mentor has always meant…

IF YOU WANT TO GO DARKER, GO LIGHTER FIRST…

Enough for this time, thanks for reading…

Sincerely yours: Jay