Hey guys, new here, first post.
I’ve been enjoying lurking here, a lot of great artists and ideas.
I would like to get an honest opinion from everybody here, no sugar coating. I’ve been doing this for about a year now, I think I have improved a lot, but some of my friends and people from other forums that I post on think otherwise, and some have gone far enough to say that I’m not good.
What do you guys think of my work? Be honest please, I want to know if I should pursue this or not. Where can I improve? I figure this would be a great place to ask, with all the enthusiasts and experts here.
I’m no expert, but it seems like you have potential to me, stick with it a learn as much as you can.
The trouble with asking opinions is that people will compare you to the best artists in the game, and you can’t expect to be at that level after 1 year.
Drop the tattoo machine and start learning about art and drawing. Pick up a pencil and draw.
It’s a long, hard road to be self taught. Work on the art side, drawing, painting. Stop working on people. If you really feel the need, continue to do the grapefruit thing. Just stop working on people, a bad name never goes away.
Become really good at drawing and when you post some of your drawing’s online and people give the reaction of “truly amazing work man, you would have no problem getting a apprenteship” then that’s the time to start thinking ahead of a pencil.
I retract my previous statement. This guy is a fuckwad.
Copied from another forum.
more about this fuckwad……..
what a fucking train wreck in the making…..
i’m no one’s apprentice… all at home and learning on my own.
just got done tattooing a portrait of ginobili on a grapefruit, but once i wiped the shit off it looked all fucked up. tattooing on grapefruit sucks!
shit seems cool but after a while the grapefruit’s skin starts getting white blotches in it that ruins the artwork. man, if only i knew some dumbasses who would let me practice on them and in return they’d get free tats. oh well…
been talking to this shop for the past week about coming in to apprentice and finally they accepted my hours but… i ended up signing up for my last semester to get my associates the other day and well, shit’s all fucked up with that shop now. oh well…
just gonna keep tattooing fruit it seems… any of you maverick fans want a tattoo? i’m tattooing FRUITS!
atm i am just trying to learn whatever but i def want to specialize in b&g and full color portraits… i hate flash art and have no interest in it whatsoever, however i will practice flash art in order to get my line work and shading down but that’s not the direction i want to head in.
ok, so skin is crazy compared to fruit to tattoo on but it’s not all that hard. the only problem so far that i’ve had was reminding myself that tattoo’s are supposed to somewhat hurt and not to stop when your client flinches, also to stick that needle in a bit more and make sure the ink sticks.
so far i’ve done an outline on a new tattoo for a friend and am working on a cover up on the same friend. shit is getting cool! i’m really enjoying this shit tremendously.
btw, quiting my pos day job on the 4th. good riddance male secretary title! have fun mavkrew!
it’d be cool to make tattooing a living but at the moment it’s just a hobby i am looking forward to perfecting and learning all i can about it.
btw, in a month or two when i finally get my autoclave i might be looking for others to tattoo for free, i’ll let you know!
ok so that was a total disaster! holy shit!
if you thought my legs looked funny before with the spurs on them, you don’t even know.
i got stupid and too eager to tat myself and well, i went for it on the side of my lower leg and didn’t get far at all. the pain of tattooing had nothing to do with me quitting on the tattoo, the awkwardness of trying to tattoo a place on my body not easily accessible was the culprit. now i have just a few lines here and there that look totally ridiculous.
guess it’s time to call a friend of mine and have him fix this shit. had i done the tattoo on the other side of my leg i probably could’ve done it proper.
damn me and my no patience ass! fuck!
ps: don’t ask for photos because it ain’t happening!
i’m confident enough these days to tattoo myself but god damnit did i pick the wrong place to do so this time. you live and learn and then you get your friend to fix your mistakes….
just got done tatting the inside of my leg(side calf haha) with the design i was going to do on the outside of my leg last week. shit came out pretty legit, just gotta fix a bit of line work up and shade it in but i’m going to wait til next week or 2 wks from now to do that.
the real test will be shading this portrait in… holy hell does this shit hurt right now and it didn’t hurt one bit while i was tatting up my leg. damn!
since buying my new machines, this shit has become way too easy… my old machines were from a kit so the quality was bunk and the needles would bounce around which made me feel like i had no control over how crisp my lines would come out. i could barely throw a good line down before, but now shit just feels like regular ass drawing to me. (still haven’t apprenticed anywhere, fuck it!)
btw, the ocean tattoo is for a close friend and the price hasn’t been quite set yet. we’re going small piece by piece and i’m charging him per item until the entire 1/2 leg piece is completed. probably a couple hundred when it should be a thousand or more.
no one allows me to do realistic stuff except this dude, so he gets a good price cut on work. i fuckin’ hate sailor jerry flash bullshit, thank god i haven’t had to do any of that shit yet!just got done tatting the inside of my leg(side calf haha) with the design i was going to do on the outside of my leg last week. shit came out pretty legit, just gotta fix a bit of line work up and shade it in but i’m going to wait til next week or 2 wks from now to do that.
thanks man! i take this shit very seriously considering i’ve finally found my calling… well this