Well hello there, welcome to part two of my blog regarding my first tattoo. In Part One i discussed the initial idea, selection of artist and progression to finalising a concept. In this part i'm going to give you an insight into the actual tattoo process and show you a few snapshots of progression to the final piece. I hope you like it.
As the day approached for my first session i went through a bit of a rollercoaster of fear and exitement. My first session was a 6 hour session and considering i hadn't had any work done before this was a little bit daunting. I'd talked to my artist, Low, a few times before the day. Howver i have to say on the morning i was a little nervous, if you have ever heard the phrase twenty pence fifty pence, you'll understand what i am getting at. I had a massive burger for a brunch, had filled up my bag with sweets, squash, magazines, kindle, loadsa stuff that i wouldn't need.
As i ventured into Northsides basement, chatted with a few of the artists who were waiting for their clients, my adrenaline was really starting to flow. I sat in the chair and watched as Low had everything prepared, he shaved and cleaned my arm, opened a fresh needle, had his ink ready. At this point i must have looked like i was shitting myself, Low explained just to pick a point on the wall and focus on that and he began, the buzz of the tattoo gun and trying to relax is difficult of a "newbie". I can honestly say though once it started i genuinely enjoyed the feeling and find it relaxing. Even talking about it now makes me wan't to jump back in the chair for a new tatt.
Over the coming year or so i would have a sitting a month. There was lot of detail in my half sleeve. I mentioned in part one that i was turning 30, so i wanted 30 different types of sweets/lollies on my arm and all of them are pretty much true life size.
One of my favourite parts of the tattoo design is the Flying Saucer invaders. For the inner arm i wanted a piece to show the landing of the flying saucers. I took inspiration from War of The Worlds.
One of my favourite parts of the tattoo design is the Flying Saucer invaders. For the inner arm i wanted a piece to show the landing of the flying saucers. I took inspiration from War of The Worlds. It was difficult to get a decent photograph of that one due to the positioning.
I haven't even mentioned the beheaded gummy bear attached to a plank of wood with some strawberry laces.
That's the pic n mix apocalypse, i love it. I love the detail, the style and the fact that i know no-one will have anything like this. It's everything i want in a tattoo, colour, skill, originality and fun. Hopefully you have enjoyed this Blog. If you have any questions or comments, then please feel free to ask away.
Love n stuff,
Andy @ DesignUntapped