Sunday, September 26, 2010

Couple of newer ones...

Squaw girl.  Not too sure about how authentic images like this are, being that I don't think females wore full headdresses, but they are certainly fun to tattoo.  This is on a real nice guy from Knoxville, Tennessee.  A fellow tattooer.  The image is a variation of one I found from L.L. McKeever.  

Flip girl, flip-flop girl, upside down girl.  Whatever you want to call it, it's always a fun image.  When the image is flipped and the head is covered, it gives you a surprise.  Usually a side view, but this one is a bit more vulgar.  This is based on an image from Owen Jensen, although Bert Grimm made it popular also.  Not sure whose came first, I'm thinking Jensen.  From what I understand, military men would get these tattooed on them to hide the fact it's a naked woman.  The Navy began to forbid vulgar and nude woman tattoos during the first half of the 20th century.  These were often in reaction to that regulation.  Also tattooed on a fellow tattooer during my Knoxville trip.

This tiger head was was the perfect shape for the area we were looking to fill.  This client gets great tattoos.  He loves images from the 20's and 30's.  Just black, red and yellow.  No need to overdo the colors.  "Bold simplicity is the key to good design." -Sailor Jerry

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Preserving and appreciating history...

The history of the tattoo and tattooing is so vast and far reaching it is impossible to tackle all aspects and angles through a simple blog.  The history of American tattooing is not much easier.  In this blog, I will post pictures of tattoos I've done recently, sometimes with an explanation as to the meaning and reason behind the image, or a brief history of the design.  I will also try to post anecdotes, pictures, quotes, and other interesting items from tattooers, past and present, that I feel reflect my interests in tattooing.  Also, my travels will also be briefly documented here as well.  Thank you for your interest and please email me with any questions.