Another thing, I’ve been looking into Shane O’Neill as well. Anybody know how much he charges?
I am sure his apprentices are more easily available
Paul’s wait is over 3 years. Most of the others are only booked out a few months.
$175/hr … serious bargain, but he’s booked out at least 14 months right now. Also keep in mind that Shane works very heavily from reference so if you want something totally original, there are better choices. Shane is awesome though.
wow that price isnt bad at all but 14 months is a serious wait lol. I guess I’ll keep looking. Also, the design i want is completely original, so I would want someone who can use their creativity to put something amazing together.
All of the artists mentioned have vastly different styles as well so before you book anything, consider what type of style is best suited to the piece you want. For example, Shane does portrait realism and more recently, hyper realism, though he can nail anything in B&G as long as you have solid reference materials. Caesar prefers to work with paintings and illustrations and his shading is much softer than most artists out there. Anyway, you get the idea. btw another artist to consider is Chris Adamek in NJ. He’s very hard to get ahold of, but he’s easily one of the best artists in NJ.
LOVE Adamek’s work, just checked out his website/facebook. He says he’s usually booked only two months in advance and charges only $150/hr. Definitely going to shoot him an email and hope for a response. Does anybody know if he does coverups by any chance?
best of luck in booking adamek. he is famously hard to get a session with.
He may, but he has little experience with them. I believe we had this discussion before, but if you want a coverup the best thing you can do for yourself is book a spot with Tim Pangburn in Philly. He’s easily the best coverup artist in the northeast and he’s one of the best in the country as well. He’s booked at least a few months out, but he never books out more than 6 months (he closes his books until he catches up). Being able to produce a great coverup is an art in itself. The artist has to be able to incorporate elements of an old tattoo into a new one, have a good idea of what effect layering one color over another will have, and so forth. Simply because someone is a great artist doesn’t mean they can produce a great coverup.