Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!
I finished this wildlife sleeve a little while ago and was able to get a nice healed photo of it. There's a lion, tiger, bear, and panther in this one. He sat like a champ and it's always cool to do animal portraits.
Skull Eat Skull Eat Skull
Realistic triple skull tattoo. It's a Hyena skull, Human skull, and Fetus skull.
This skull is the last piece of the reaper sleeve. Right in the ditch and upper forearm.
This skull hand tattoo is the bottom piece of the Reaper and Skulls sleeve I finished up recently.
This is a close up of one of the skulls on the Grim Reaper, Graveyard, Skull sleeve I finished up recently.
This client came to me wanting a space themed sleeve, with an astronaut Jesus as the primary focus. The whole piece was a lot of fun to work on. Boba Fett is riding Han Solo frozen in Carbonite and there is a ship from Galaga. A fun piece for a fun client.
Skulls & Reaper Sleeve
This is the full sleeve of the reaper piece I posted last week.
This is just a part of a Grim Reaper and skulls sleeve I finished a little while back. The graveyard cat was a fun addition.
Traditional Black and Grey Japanese dragon clutching a red crystal. This made for a fun challenge with the selective coloring.
Flower of Life Dotwork
"The Flower of Life has been found all over the world in many different religions. It is one of the oldest sacred symbols known to man. It is a geometrical shape that is made up of multiple overlapping circles of the same size."
Deadpool VS Wolverine
Star Spangled Awesome
Roughly 20 hours of tattoo time went into this realistic American Flag sleeve. It turned out pretty Star-Spangled Awesome.
Lizard on Skull
This is a part of the half sleeve I posted the other day. This realistic Lizard and Skull was a fun piece to work on.
Frog on Amanita Muscaria
This is a healed close up photo a of a frog on an amanita muscaria mushroom, or as it's more commonly known the fly agaric or fly amanita. It's a psychoactive mushroom. This is just a small part of a much larger piece I did that spans from the top of the back all the way passed the butt cheeks.
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Took a couple sessions but we finished up this Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Mountains, and Bull skull half sleeve.
Full Black and Grey Sleeve
This Black and Grey sleeve was done using Silverback Ink. I had the pleasure of doing this sleeve on a loyal client. There are a lot of different aspects to this tattoo but we made them work together.
This Peruvian Shaman portrait was a very rewarding tattoo for me. I enjoying doing portraits and this one was a great experience.
Pin-Up Pirate Zombie
Little by little I've been getting this Zombie Pirate Pin Up finished. Still a work in progress but she's coming along quite nicely.
Mostly known for fighting in the Crusades, the Knights Templar were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent actors in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.
Floral and Hummingbird Half Sleeve
This floral and hummingbird half sleeve was completed a few weeks ago. It was great to get a healed photo of it.
Fireball Whiskey Girl
This is just a portion of a large backpiece I've been working on. Thanks for looking.
I've posted a few individual photos of this piece as it was going. I finally got a healed photo of this full dinosaur sleeve I finished a few months ago. It was a great time working on it.
I've always been a big hockey fan and the Chicago Blackhawks are my favorite team. This realistic Blackhawk portrait was a great piece to do.
I enjoyed tattooing this black and grey, wooden detail aztec mask.
I do a lot of different styles of tattooing. Sometimes it's nice to break away from my norm and do a flower or two. This one was done a little while back.
Frank Frazetta has always been a big inspiration for me and my art. I have done many Frazetta inspired pieces and will continue to do them. This is one of my most recent Death Dealer tattoos.
A very loyal client to Tattoo City got this done by me a few weeks ago. She has quite a few pieces by some of our other artists and I got the opportunity to do this great Tiger on her back. She's an all around animal lover and when people are so passionate about something, it's a joy giving them a permanent piece of art to represent that.
Baby Day of the Dead Portrait
I recently did this man's whole family's portraits with a Day of the Dead twist. Here is the baby! This was a fun challenge. He gave me their portrait pictures and I did the makeup designs.
This sassy Alice in Wonderland tattoo was done on a very nice woman named Alice. It's got a bit of a Mean Girls spin on it too.
Daughter's Day of the Dead Portrait
I recently did this man's whole family's portraits with a Day of the Dead twist. This is the one I did of his daughter.
Son's Day of the Dead Portrait
I recently did this man's whole family's portraits with a Day of the Dead twist. This is the one I did of his son.
The Blue Sword
The Blue Sword is a Young Adult Fantasy book written by Robin McKinley and published in 1982. It has won three awards; Newbery Honor, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and ALA Notable Children's Book. It's great fun to turn people's favorite literary works into their favorite tattoos. This isn't the first literary based tattoo I've done, and it won't be the last.
An Original Memorial
This gentleman got this memorial tattoo for his grandparents. This is his grandfather's classic car and his fondest memories with his grandmother were sitting around drinking Angry Orchard Hard Cider. This just goes to show that a memorial tattoo doesn't always have to be crosses, names and dates. Sometimes they can be meanful symbols that represent that special person to you.
I got to do this black and grey skull piece on a very loyal client's elbow. It's a part of a whole sleeve. Full Sleeve Pictures will definately come later. Black and Grey was done using Silverback Ink.
This was a cool piece to do. Some bees and their beehive. I really enjoy doing tattoos wtih original ideas.
This skull in an army helmet was done a couple of months ago. It's all black and grey and done with Silverback Ink. It's a smaller than a lot of other tattoos I've done but just as rewarding. What artist doesn't love a good skull tattoo?
The Wolf Man
This 1941 Classic horror monster is portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. The Wolf Man played a large influence on how most movies view the werewolf. This "Universal Monster" is one of many I have tattooed. I really enjoy the classic horror movies and their monsters.
This is another elephant I finished recently. This piece is a part of a whole wildlife sleeve I've been working on. All done using Silverback Ink.
Calvin & Hobbs VS Spaceman Spiff
I got to do this colorful half-sleeve inspired by the Calvin & Hobbs comic strips. This one was with Spaceman Spiff. I enjoy doing comic inspired tattoos.
I had the privilage of doing this dead dove chest piece at the Detroit Motor City Tattoo Convention. This tough girl sat 9 hours to complete this piece on a very painful area.
This plesiosaur dinosaur is just a part of an epic dinosaur sleeve I've been working on for one of my favorite clients. We finished this whole sleeve last week, so those pictures are coming soon. The tyrannasaurus and triceratops I did a while ago are a part of this sleeve as well.
King of the Jungle Portrait
I'm not sure how many Lion Portraits I've done, but they're always different. I enjoy doing animal portraits and Lions are very regal creatures. This is the most recent one I've completed.
Frog on Amanita Muscaria
The little frog is sitting on a Amanita Muscaria. "Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus." This is a little part of a whole back piece I'm doing on my girlfriend. Can't wait to show you all the finished product.
I enjoy doing Wildlife tattoos, realstic animal portaits. This Elephant was finished a couple of months ago.
Black and Grey Roses
These black and grey roses are a coverup on this woman's lower back. I don't remember what was here previously, but that doesn't really matter now. Now, she has this beautiful tattoo.
Iron Worker and Chicago Blackhawks Skulls
This client wanted a custom skull piece to represent the loves in his life. The skulls are Iron Working, the City of Chicago, and The Chicago Blackhawks. The Flowers and the Opal in the skull's eye represent his family. This was a fun piece to do.
Helll City 2015 Poster
I am currently taking clients for tattooing at the Hell City Tattoo Convention in Columbus, OH. May 1-3rd. If you're interested in setting something up, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vladmir Kush Inspired Sleeve
Vladmir Kush is a Russian born surrealist painter and sculptor. This sleeve is a combiniation of different pieces of his work.
Tiger Cub Side Piece
I've posted a few pictures of this side piece as it was in-progress. Here's the finished product. all together. Now we're working more on the full back.
This cool guy is a part of a full Dinosaur sleeve I'm doing on a very loyal client. Very cool piece to work on.
Pit Bull Portrait
I did this pit bull portrait as a memorial. All done with Silverback Ink.
Hope is an Anchor
Not a style I normally do, but I make the occasional exception.
Dark Souls Knight
This is a half sleeve I completed a little while back. This knight just finished defeating the dragon and is pretty proud of himself. This was a great piece to do.
This is a Cape Buffalo, or African Buffalo, I did as a part of a whole collection of wildlife animals.
Claddagh and Angel
This is the finished product of the Angel and Claddagh piece I've been working on. This realistic black and grey piece was completed in two sessions with Silverback Ink.
This is a closeup of the claddagh. This part was done in the first session.
This sign of the devil skull with tentacles was done in one shot with Silverback Ink.
Skull and Portraits
Two tiny granparent's portraits, about silver dollar size. Blending black and grey AND color.
This black and grey, realistic triceratops is just a part of a full sleeve, in-progress. This is done on one of my regular clients. All black and grey done on Silverback Ink.
Self Made Man
Another rendition of the classic "Self Made Man" sculpture by Bobbie Carlyle. This color piece was knocked out in one pass.
This angry looking Tiger was done in one shot. All done with Silverback Ink.
Frank Frazetta Themed Art Contest
Tattoo City and The Flower of Life Art Gallery are hosting a Charity Art Auction in April. We're currently holding an art contest.
Jesus and the Serpent
This religious piece is of Jesus walking on water and saving the drowning man. This black and grey half sleeve was done using Silverback Ink.
Demon Close Up
What a Boar
Sexy Devil Pin Up
I haven't counted but I'm sure I've done hundreds of pinups in the last 20+ years. This is one of my most recent. All black and grey done with Silverback Ink.
Tattoo Artist Wanted
I am in search of another artist to join our team. We're a custom shop looking for a talented, experienced artist. Please e-mail portfolio and job history to me at email@example.com
Lots-O-Skulls Half Sleeve
These are the different angles of a Skull half sleeve I completed a little while back.
This smokey skull is just a part of a multi-skull half sleeve. All black and grey completed with Silverback Ink.
"The Marines Amphibious Reconnaissance School in Coronado is the first step to putting the amphibian into Amphibious Reconnaissance Marines. Their unit insignia is a Marines Ka-bar fighting knife and Inflatable boat paddle in front of Marine Gold Jump wings and behind a Roger’s skull." This symbol is also known as Recon Jack. This one is a varient of the tradition logo.
Although there are different accounts of the manifestation of death, the Grim Reaper has become a conceptual personification of death the world over. The presence of this nightmarish entity has captured the imagination of storytellers, writers and artists. This is a Grim Reaper coverup I did a little while ago. All in black and grey using Silverback Ink.
The bullmastiff is a large size breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. This is a portrait of this man's beloved pet. I hope I did him justice.
Raven with Pocketwatch
This raven holding a pocketwatch is nice leg piece I did a few months ago. Ravens can represent different things to different people. Though most people associate ravens with impending doom and similar dark thoughts, ravens can also symbolize intelligence and intuition. Ravens have been associated with Gods and Goddesses of Wisdom and Prophesy in most ancient belief systems.
"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. This tattoo was done in 2014 as part of a New York themed half sleeve. This was all done in Black and Grey using Silverback Ink.
Asian Horned Dragon
Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.
I did this piece a few months ago with Silverback Ink.
Skull and Roses
Did this Skull and Roses half sleeve a while ago. Completely Black and Grey, done with Silverback Ink.
Happy Little Tortoise
This is a happy little tortoise I did on a woman's shoulder blade a little while back.
This is a close up of the angel on a sleeve I did. The full tattoo is below.
Giant Squid vs Battleship
This was an orginal idea. A totally custom piece of a Giant Squid vs a Battleship. It's always a good time when the client gives me a concept and lets me have fun with it.
Wolf Vs Bear
I did this half-sleeve a while back with a Grizzly Bear and an angry Wolf facing off. All in black and grey, using Silverback Ink. The face on that wolf is so elaborate.
I did this very detailed dragon chestpiece I did on a great client. He's always fun to work with. And this piece is the cover of my newest portfolio book.
This colorful poison dart frog and lillies is a vibrant and detailed piece. Always fun to do.
The Corsican sheep, or Corsican Ram, is probably the most hunted of all the exotics in the United States. The Corsican is a hybrid sheep that began its history in Texas about 40 years ago. This was an interesting piece to do.
Nude Black and Grey Angel upper arm tattoo was done with Silverback Inks. She has long Raven colored hair and a very satisfied smile on her face.
Beautiful thigh piece of a Mexican-Indian woman with a hummingbird. She sat really well and we got this knocked out in just two sittings.
Wolves travel in packs so it makes sense that this guy got two wolves on his arm. There's a lot of fine line detail in these pieces.
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. Rosie the Riveter is commonly used as a symbol of feminism and women's economic power. This is a very powerful tattoo to do.
I enjoy the diversity in the tattoos I get to do. From dark and creepy to more bright and religious pieces. I never know what's gonna be next.
This guy here is a part of a skull themed quarter sleeve. Done with Silverback Ink.
Warrior Guardian Angel
Some people need stronger guardian angels than others. This is a beautiful memorial tattoo I did a little while ago. It's a Warrior Guardian Angel.
It's not often I'm asked to do bearded angels. This one was definitely an interesting piece. The picture is still a little red as this was very fresh but it is all black and grey, done with Silverback Ink.
Close Ups of Thor and Midgard
I finished this piece about a year ago but I realized I hadn't posted detail photos. Here they are. This whole back piece was done last year, using Silverback Inks.
Japanese Samuri Mask
I started this piece a few months ago and posted a progress photo. Here is the completed tattoo.
Sexy Nude Pin Up
This black and grey sexy pin up was done with all Silverback ink. It's always fun giving a tattoo a tattoo.
No Place Like Home
Wizard of Oz half sleeve. Wicked Witch, Glinda the Good, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow, and Toto.
Ghost Rider (in progress)
This is an in progress photo of a Ghost Rider backpiece. Pretty excited to get it finished.
Turning to the Dark Side
Badass chest and stomach United States Marine Corp piece. This guy sat like a fucking champ.
Pin up zombie pirate will do anything to protect her treasure. All black and grey done with Silverback Ink.
This Chinese dragon clutching the world was a great piece to do.
Get Nerdy with Me
Got to get in touch with my nerdy side with this Dune Sandworm, Doctor Who Tardis, and some Klingon piece.
Got Your Tail!
This was roughly a 7 hour sit with Silverback Ink. Black and Grey, realistic tiger cub catching a mouse by the tail. This woman sat like a champ and came back two weeks later to add more to the background. This was just the first sit.
Who Knew Angels Could Be Sexy
Baku, Devourer of Nightmares
This is Baku, The Devourer of Nightmares. He comes from both Chinese and Japanese mythology. Lots of color with this one.
This is a black and grey angel holding a Fireman's helmet. I am unsure of the backstory to this piece but it provides a very powerful feeling. They say "pictures say a thousand words."
Gemini Pin Up
Creepy Shrunken Head
Flesh Eating Zombie Girl
This Flesh Eating Zombie Girl was a nice and creepy piece to finish around Halloween.
Hey There Gypsy Girl
Her grandmother used to call her "Gypsy Girl." In honor of her nickname and her grandmother she got this tattoo of herself as a gypsy girl. She sat great and it was an original piece to do.
Male Angel and Butterfly
I did this fun angel tattoo recently. Mostly black and grey with pink selective coloring.
Demons In The Shed Art Show
On Halloween The Flower of Life Art Gallery and Tattoo City hosted our 5th charity group art exhibit opening. All of the pieces from the show are available online for auction and proceeds will be going toward The Artist Guild of Lockport. The show was a great success and we appreciate everyone who could make it out or contribute a piece. Pictures of the good time are available on our Facebook Page.
My piece, "Demons in the Shed" was done with Oil Paints.
Bloody Demon Portrait
What better way to welcome the month of October, than with this bloody Demon portrait. Gotta love the creepy stuff.
Hear, See, Speak No Evil
Canadian Badass to Guest Spot
This samuri mask is a current in progress piece I'm working on.
Happy Little Bluebird
I got to do this little bluebird for a client a couple weeks ago.
When Dragons Fly
I really loved doing this Dragon chest piece and want to do more tattoos like it. Done with Silverback Inks.
April 13th is the 1 year anniversary of opening the new Tattoo City and Flower of Life Art Gallery
This Sunday April 13th will be 1 year since the new shop opened. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. The Flower of Life Art Gallery has had three successful group art shows so far and we are planning a new one July 19th titled "Steampunk Nation" that will also be a celebration of Tattoo City's 20 years doing business in Lockport, IL. Be sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss our big celebration.
Art of the Geisha Group show.
The Art of the Geisha show at our Flower of Life Art Gallery went great on October 5th. The art auction is over but the unsold artwork is still available at the gallery until the show closes in December. Check out www.floweroflifeartgallery.com to see more of the art.
This cute little Demon is a coverup of a cross and some old bible verse on my fellow artist George Zabala. I tattooed him in trade for some old hockey sticks signed by the whole 1974/75 Chicago Blackhawks team including Tony Esposito, Stan Makita, Keith Magnuson, Glen Hull and Dale Tallon. Awesome trade especially since the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup again this year. Thanks George, I hope you like your new tattoo as much as I like the sticks.
Thor vs the Midguard Serpent Backpiece
I just finished this fun backpiece of the Norse God Thor fighting the epic battle against the Midguard Serpent. This was my clients first tattoo, go big or go home. The art is based of an album cover from the band Amon Amarth, a melodic death metal band from Tumba, Sweden, founded in 1992. It takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien′s Middle-earth. The tattoo took aprox. 45 hours total and was done with Silverback Inks. In Norse mythology, Jörmungandr (Old Norse: Jormungandr, pronounced ['j?rmu?gandr]), often written Jormungand, or Jörmungand and also known as the Midgard Serpent (Old Norse: Midgarðsormr), or World Serpent, is a sea serpent, the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki. According to the Prose Edda, Odin took Loki's three children by Angrboða, the wolf Fenrir, Hel and Jörmungandr, and tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. When he lets go, the world will end. Jörmungandr's arch-enemy is the god Thor.
It's been a busy summer
So sorry for the long delay since the last update but it has been very busy before and after the Grand Opening of the new Tattoo City and Flower of Life Art Gallery. We have closed to old shop and everyone is now located at 1601 S State Street in Lockport just 3.5 miles South of the old location. The Grand Opening back on April 13th went awesome with over 200 people in attendance including the Mayor of Lockport and the Lockport Legend News Paper. Many friends traveled long distances to join in the celebration including Darrin White from North Carolina, John and Jackie Wayne from Canada, Rich T. and Bobbi Rodgers from Bicknee Tattoo Supply in Ohio and our Photographer friend Deidra from Relic Imagery in Florida. I will be updating more soon when I can manage some free time
Grand Opening of the New Tattoo City and Flower of Life Art Gallery April 13th
There is less than 3 weeks until our Huge Grand Opening Celebration and you are all invited to attend. Saturday April 13th at 6pm is the date and time. We will kick off the new chapter in Tattoo City history with the opening of our beautiful Flower of Life Art Gallery and our first group art show titled "Man's Best Friend" with a charity Art Auction that benefits The All Herding Breed Dog Rescue of Illinois.
4 New Artists at Tattoo City
New Artists Starting at Tattoo City in 2013
Tattoo City will be ringing in the New Year with GREAT News. In addition to our new location at 1601 State Street in Lockport, IL with a great big Art Gallery, we have two new Tattoo Artists joining us. Chucho Rz and George Zabala will be part of the artist staff and we are very excited about it. Look for bigger and better things to come from Tattoo City in 2013.....
New Grim Reaper Sleeve
This healed sleeve is a reminder of how short life can be and that we need to live life while we can instead of just existing. The hourglass of time is running out so make the best of what life has given you. The client has dealt with Crohn's disease and takes medication to keep it at bay but he doesn't let the disease rule his life. Instead he has chosen to live a healthier lifestyle and to live life to it's fullest. He is an avid skydiver and has amassed well over 100 jumps thus far. The tattoo is all Silverback XXX and done by Larry Brogan www.tattoocityskinart.com in Lockport IL.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
I wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday and I hope you all have a lot to be thankful for, I know I do. Gobble Gobble...
101 Tattoo Tips Seminar at the Detroit Motor City Tattoo Convention
Larry Brogan will be teaching his 101 Tattoo Tips That Can Change Your Career Forever Seminar at the Detroit Motor City Tattoo Expo the weekend of February 22-24th 2013. This seminar covers a huge amount of helpful information that can make any artists career better and more profitable. Please contact Larry Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to reserve your seat. The seminar includes a 45 page booklet jam packed full of great knowledge.
HUGE NEWS FOR TATTOO CITY
Tattoo City is very proud to announce our soon to be opening second location at 1601 State Street in Lockport. The new shop will feature private tattooing rooms and a beautiful fine art gallery where we will feature work from some great artists inside and outside of the tattoo industry. We will be teaching painting classes and holding charity bennefits as well so check back frequently for more updates on the Grand opening this spring.
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