Tattoo and client of the month May 2017: Our tattoo of the month goes to Glenn and our Junior artist Jodie working with our star client John Duncan on his beautiful back piece to compliment his beautiful work done by Glenn over the past 4 years. As you can see Glenn has really focused on the sacred geometric dotwork on John and it has worked so beautifully with the body and the different contours on our star clients body .
Problem client of the week goes to our wonderful Louisa. This is what we do have to put up with as tattooists on daily basis but, we are strong and overcome these problems!
This tattoo has been catapulted across the world VIA the internet and has scooped artist Glenn 3 awards to date. Making it one of his most successful and popular tattoos to date. Since its showcasing in the dramatic Nepal tattoo convention of 2015 the industry has been grasping for multiple viewings of it at every chance. After the untimely end to the Nepal tattoo convention it was showcased once again at the Alexander palace Great British tattoo convention where it won best blackwork category. Once at the New York empire state building tattoo expo it took away first prize for best back piece and also an award for best original (idea). It has been featured in tattoo magazines and main stream media alike and has received very strong support and admiration from both equally.
This back piece has been thoroughly thought out from beginning to end and always centred around being a competition piece. From the careful selection of placement and optical illusions; the shaving of the hair to create an undercut enabling the optical illusion of elongating the neck to the widening of the shoulders by taking the islamic pattern onto the backs of the all of arms, narrowing of the waist by drawing the eye the optical illusion with the negative skin and the heaviness of the mandalas and widening of the hips with the mandala and ornate bead work on the bottom. Everything had a role to play in the success of the overall look with each individual illusion creating an optical illusion within itself.
What can be achieved within the industry with this tattoo is unknown but the sky is the limit and Glenn certainly will fulfil the role of testing how far a 'game changer' can really take you!
With the internet being as accessible as what it is we as a studio do not maximise on things like Instagram and Twitter nearly enough - There are just so many things to do to keep up with the natural fast pace of the studio! We are though despite this very proud to have noticed that one of this weeks tattoos have been re-shared one of Instagram's biggest tattoo groups and has had an amazing reaction and lots of fantastic feedback. Its the support of groups like this that carry tattooist artwork even further across the globe and in turn inspires more people to have beautiful tattoos. The possibilities are always endless and by sharing good work we slowly teach people of all age groups what quality and high standards there are out there! Thank you to our many supporters and followers you help to make us as well known as we are and for this we are so very grateful :)
A tattoo project that has been a long hobby for both client and studio, A regular convention attendee and massively published within the tattoo media. This back piece and sleeve is merging into a full upper body torso tattoo and is also coming to Nepal for our first tattoo convention in the country! 15 days and counting until we make the trip across to Nepal and hopefully come back with some good feedback from people who have an intimate knowledge of the artwork that we have included within this tattoo :)
So the wait is finally over and i can let you in on the secret project I've been working on, along side the editor of tattoo masters magazine!! In this edition it gives a lo down and tutorial on the fusing together of my tattooing and my love for hair art, which stemmed from from my early days as a hairdresser. Pick up a copy of tattoo masters to find out just how I've fused the two professions together to make once piece optical illusion of art!
Or the rare occasion when a client has to cancel last minute it is always let down as you are in the head space and prepared for their tattoo specifically, it softens the let down a great deal when you have a walk in with a fun placement and idea to compensate! This client wanted a cover up of a cross on the middle finger with a Neo-traditional owl. After being advised that no in fact he didn't and being shown what he could have as a more mind blowing alternative there was smiles all around and he was right in the chair! The art work came from a illustrator Ben Kwok (he can be found on Instagram@bioworkz) whom after being 'tagged' on the post was very pleased with our interpretation of his work. Within all forms of art work it is amazing when artist can come together and support each other :)
Tattoo Freeze Telford, the one day tattoo convention we regularly attend in January each and every year. It is certainly a convention that we feel is mostly attended by tattooists and their families and is therefore a nice convention to attend, to catch up with others that we may not have seen since our last attended convention. This year we took Neil who has to date had 35 hours to complete his over all tattoo. It started out as being booked in for a cover up of a small dolphin on his shoulder blade with a dragon and evolved into being a large Dotwork piece. We did 5 hours worth of dots, double checking and white highlights at Telford before entering it into the Black and Dotwork category . The judges seemed to pay attention to what was before them and there was lots of touching and arm lifting to see the tattoo in its full glory. Clearly the judges liked what they saw as Glenn and Neil were called up as the winners of the Black and Dotwork category! Glenn is now a three times winner of a Dotwork category and can now confirm that his place as a dotworker is secure and confirmed. The judges passed comment that it was his use of white highlights that made his piece stand out from the rest and make it exemplary.
After exhausting himself on Dotwork over the previous weekend it was nice for Glenn to be able to get a chance to do some hyper-realism black and grey work in the studio. A style that is thoroughly enjoyed and greatly appreciated all around. The tattoo was completed in 3 hours and very satisfying. The white highlights and super smooth shading increase the realism within the piece. At a later date an out of focus back ground and additional pieces may be added, an addition that can only add to its overall affect.
So its been another pain fueled weekend at Doncaster tattoo jam finished. Completing and entering two large pieces into the competitions and introducing lots of people to my style and techniques, as well as the famous 1920's Escher artwork. The pieces were welcomed and had a high amount of interest directed at them. Which is as humbling an experience as ever. Both pieces were executed with Dotwork and had 50+hours pumped into them both. I am satisfied with the outcome, as are the clients and i have no doubt that they will go down in history as some of my most satisfying pieces.
Over the past few months the business has gone from strength to strength and publicity has gone through the roof! The studio has never been as documented as it currently is and this is all thanks to Glenn Cuzen, Studio owner becoming a multi award winning artist within weeks. First award being won at Manchester Tattoo convention for Black and dot-work and the second at United Ink Flight 914 New York for Ornate style. This platform has enabled Glenn to have opportunities to complete a "guest artist" tour of the USA and reach one of his goals of becoming an international travelling tattooist
Some clients come into the studio with a strict brief that they are dedicated to, this client came in with a very specific deadline! The client had traveled to the studio from Spain some months before and booked in 4 full day appointments. This was the only time i had in which to complete his sleeve which entailed a cover-up and a genre of dot-work. The rest was up to me to decide. When the client flew in again for his appointments they were spread out over the week and the pressure was really onto have it ready in time for his flight home. It was liberating being able to have free reign on the images and patterns used and the client was incredibly happy with the finished product and completion time.
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