My sporadic attempts at writing seem to have very little to do with tattooing. So here goes, a blog entry about tattoos on a tattooer's website, what a novelty.
There are a few styles of tattooing that I'd love to do more of. I learn through doing, this is how I've always been. I'd much rather have a tangible experience that hypothesize about it. That's not to say I don't do my research and preparation before diving into any one thing. Be it plant medicines, mountain biking, travelling, or yes, even tattooing, I tend to do my prep work. But nothing beats experience. The preparation helps to guide the experience somewhat but the knowledge comes to the forefront through the doing.
With that in mind I've entered a very privileged point in my tattooing career. I now get to hone in and focus on a few certain styles. When beginning my career I felt as though it was best to take in all projects, work on as many different styles and subjects as possible. You'll find some strengths and weaknesses in there. Some likes and dislikes as well. If there were enough hours in the day and days in my life then maybe I'd say yes to absolutely every tattoo that comes my way. Somehow I find myself booked well into the future (I express a huge amount of gratitude to those who seem to be enjoying my work) and my one solution to curbing this incessant booking has been to try to refine the types of tattoos that I'm working on.
My first love of tattooing has and always will be the Japanese style. It's what drew me into this art form and it's forever got my heart. Beyond that I've come to love the American traditional work as well. I am definitely not a traditional tattooer (be it American or Japanese) but I'm heavily influenced by these clean simple forms and trying to do my best interpretations of each style. Again, I'm always trying to learn. Thus, by doing more and more of any one style the more I can learn and hone in my skills/interpretations. It's always a process, always a journey, never perfect but aiming towards something is what keeps the drive.
There is a third style that I tend to enjoy. I'm not sure exactly how to classify it. Be it dotwork tattoos, mandala/geometric tattoos, blackwork tattoos ... these names all seem to aim at the same general theme. There's a lot of variation therein but it's another tangent I'd enjoy exploring even more of. Through doing more and more of this work I do find myself getting more interest/clientele in this realm. Pictures say a lot more than words so I'll keep the words to a minimum today and add a few extra photos into the mix.
So, if you're interested in some form of dotwork, mandala, geometric, blackwork inspired tattoo and you're in the Vancouver area, feel free to be in touch.