112 Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA

08.24.12

3 FREEHAND SKULLS IN 3 DAYS part 1

HEY EVERYONE!

A wierd and really exciting thing happened to me this past week, I had the opportunity to tattoo 3 skulls in 3 consecutive days!  It was the perfect opportunity to try something that I've been wanting to for a long time now. I used a real human skull that I'd purchased a few months back. I set it up as a still life model and used it for a "from life" reference during the tattoo process. The same process if I were painting or drawing from life. In the preliminary sketching stages I assumed the Hamlet monologue pose...hahaha...with the skull in my left hand and a marker in the other. 

On day one or the first installment of the 3 skulls was an addition to the legend of Sisyphus sleeve. I did an astrolabe (google it... they're awesome! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrolabe ) and skull black and grey shoulder cap arm tattoo. I freehanded the skull from life and stenciled the astrolabe. I didn't get to fully finish the astrolabe in this sitting, but i blocked in the back side, which still has a neat graphic effect.

I hope you're as excited about this series of skulls and this tattoo as I am!!! This was a big step for me! I had an absolute blast challenging myself to push my artistic skills, approach to tattooing, and comfort levels further!!!