Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fresh Ink





Since I've become a part time employee of Tattoo.com a couple of interesting things have been happening. The first is that if I mention that I work designing tattoos to a stranger/acquaintance/etc. I get automatically corrected - that is, I'm informed that I am a tattoo artist and not, as I state, a tattoo designer. That seems incorrect to me since I just design the tattoos, I don't actually tattoo anyone. I am distinctly under the impression that I need to poke someone with a needle in order to be designated a tattoo artist. Let me refine that statement - I need to poke someone with a needle and create actual inked art in their skin in order to be called a tattoo artist, not just come up with the art. Otherwise I'm just a sadist poking you for my own personal reasons.

I also get to see a lot of homemade art right now, which is pretty sweet. I particularly loved the graffiti that a guy who works at my local grocery store showed me from his iphone after he asked me what I do for a living. When you say you're an artist, people really like sharing their own artistic endeavors, and I think that's pretty damn fun.

The above images are two aspects of the same custom tattoo I've been working on, including the linework and the color reference pass.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Things To Do




Here is a simple truth everybody knows: sometimes it's incredibly hard to be optimistic. Despite - or perhaps to simply spite - my ongoing struggle with optimism, here are some good things going on in my life:

I have a (sort of? kind of?) part time job with Tattoo.com.

I have a scanner at home now - an inexpensive but sturdy one.

My art is definitely improving all the time.

My writing is improving all the time.

What I really need right now is a steadier form of income, but I'm working on that. It can be hard to find work when you don't have retail experience, and your administrative experience is pretty patchy, but with perseverance I'll get something.

So! Go vote on my current Threadless design - I'd really appreciate it! Voters I know personally will get taken out for drinks and/or lunch if I win. Hooray!