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!
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