I have the best job in the world.

(Original blog post Feb 9, 2012 – 395 views)

Take a look at this photo of a tattoo I did the other day. Take a good, long, steamin’ look at it.

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Yeah. That’s a unicorn puking a rainbow. The client came up with it. I drew it. We laughed our asses off about it. Then I tattooed it and got paid for it.

This is my job.

Think about that. This is how I pay my mortgage on my home. This is how I feed my family and our pets, pay for our needs, and occasionally buy a few records or a new videogame for myself. By drawing and tattooing stuff like this.

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Granted, not all of the tattoos I do are this fun. It’s a job like any other, where I’m not always enthused about every single thing I do. But there are plenty of times like this when I can step back and appreciate what I’ve got going on. It’s a pretty good gig.

Here are some of my bookshelves in my studio/office at home.

 
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Because of my work, I get to buy loads of books on art, cartoons, pinup girls, burlesque, comics, movie monsters…and it’s all a tax writeoff because I utilize them as reference and research!

I know a lot of artists, burlesque performers, people in showbiz, and shop owners who are making a living doing what they love. We’re all very lucky and we all feel like we have the best job in the world.

Do you have the best job in the world too? Are you doing what you love, or slogging along just to make ends meet? What can you do to turn your hobby or passion into a career? What’s stopping you?

Life is short. Don’t hate it for 8 hours a day.

Cutening up an icon

(Original blog post March 1, 2011 – 854 views)

One of my clients came in the other day and wanted a tattoo of the classic “Gee I wish I were a man — I’d join the Navy” girl from the old WWI recruiting poster. She wanted the girl a little more pinup-y, though, while still retaining the Navy imagery, which was important to her, as well as that early 20th century feel.

So with all due respect to the illustrator Howard Chandler Christy and his iconic image created in 1917, we decided to cuten her up a little bit. Can you note all the changes I made to the artwork?

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Making her bustier and nipping in her waist was an obvious first step. My client also wanted a little more noticeably curly hair. I enlarged her eyes and gave her some eyelash shape, redid her nose to give it a little upward tip, and gave her a bigger, more glamourous smile. All classic tricks learned from studying Gil Elvgren.

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Pretty happy with the results. As a tattoo artist, it’s important to be versatile. Although I like to draw my cartoony girls, I also love the challenge of working outside my favored style, and it’s rewarding when it works out.