Another new piece recently finished up Natan, this faceted heart piece presented an intriguing challenge in terms of creating a realistic flow of light across various planes. This large, free-flowing piece also allowed Natan to play around with creating some contrasting, bright, vivid filigree work in the background to help with directing the movement of the tattoo across the pronounced muscles of the lower calf.
Natan is currently booking a couple of weeks out for fun, large, custom work such as this piece here. If you have any other ideas for pie
Recently Natan finished up a variety of new work, ranging from religious pieces to traditional Japanese. This detailed cross with rosary beads focuses on tight, crisp details, a subtle use of green highlights, and a smooth organic flow, as directed by the motion of the rosary beads. Although this was certainly a subject matter that Natan has covered extensively in his work, he was able to find a way to push this piece in a different direction
Another one of Natan's recently completed pieces is this Japanese Half-Sleeve. Asked to incorporate a number of different meaningful objects for the client, including his children's names, specific traditional style flowers, wind-bars, and finger-waves, Natan sketched together this composition. As with the cross that he recently finished, Natan always really pushes himself to fully cultivate and expand upon a piece, particularly when working with a subjec
Another one from Natan's latest batch of tattoos is this black and grey dragon from the other day. Natan's always a fan of working with traditional Japanese subject matter and pushing himself to build off of his existing body of work. This piece features an emphasis on repeating patterns and shapes as a structural element to the design. It also relies heavily on a utilization of negative space and transparency effects to imply the rest of the dragon's body as well as a sense of space and
Just the other day Natan got the chance to tattoo this big stone lion piece on a young new client of his. In this piece, Natan really concentrated on experimenting with a couple of different techniques based around developing realistic light sources, subtly implying different textures, and balancing a variety of line weights. Even though it was this client's first tattoo, he let Natan tattoo it large enough to fill up the majority of his ribs and sat through a full four hour session, allowing Natan to really pack
Resident shop apprentice, Micah, has one of his drawings featured in the recently published book, Skull Book Volume 1. Collecting together black and white artwork of skulls by tattoo artists around the world, the first volume of the Skull Book ranges from realistic and representational work to stylized and abstract pieces.
Micah contributed the following ball-point pen drawing from an on-going series he is currently pursuing. Keep your eyeballs on their site, www.skullsbook.com, for information on the publication of their second volume, in which Micah has four more featured drawings.
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As the shop apprentice, Micah is always looking for some smaller and simpler work to flesh out his portfolio. Make sure to give us a ring in the shop here or send us an email if you think you have a piece that would suit him well!
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Just last Sunday I got to tattoo this black and grey warthog skull on my buddy Trevor's arm. Trevor is one of my favorite Salem locals, a super metal dude with a big beard who rides around in our bike crew every day and I was psyched to get a chance to start some work on his arms. After tattooing a bunch of cartoon characters on his legs, he finally gave me the go-ahead to start work on filling up his arms with black and grey skulls, demons, zombies, and really anything else along those lines. We settled upon this warthog skull I drew up for him and got to work fleshing out some gaps in his sleeves.
;m always looking for some smaller, simpler pieces to help flesh out my portfolio. I'm currently pushing towards a more traditional style, so make sure to give me a ring in the shop here if you have anything in mind!