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Greetings Artists!

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Greetings Artists!

I've been on the trails for about a year now and indeed have learned a lot. You all have created something beautiful here and I am glad to be a part of it! I'm actually feeling like I'm starting to get to know some you so I guess it's high time I introduce myself, right? I recently filled in my "about me" page and will try to refrain from redundancy here so check that out if you're interested in the personal. I put some drawings up in my gallery as introduction as well and I definitely encourage anyone to check those like a 1-2. Here are a couple of my favorites:

http://forum.ink-trails.com/uploads/gallery_31293_644_63362.jpg

http://forum.ink-trails.com/uploads/gallery_31293_644_114036.jpg

These are direct observation, like most of the pieces in that gallery, as opposed to tattoo designs. I'm practicing illustration but not really around to designing tattoos at present.

I come from a conceptual art background primarily in sculpture and participatory performance. Most of my work over the past several years has been themed around physical experience and the body and I would say these explorations are what have lead me to body art as a career pursuit.

Recently I spent 3 1/2 years making custom silicone sex toys and body casting which taught me a lot about working intimately and safely with people's bodies and the process of turning a client's desires into an artwork. It also gave me a lot of practice mixing pigments for specific color requests.

More recently, I've been painting kids' faces which has proven very educational in the areas of illustration, fine motor control and obviously creating custom worn-on-the-skin imagery. It's also speed practice in the process of turning a clients wants into an image as you have about 3 minutes to 5 if you're lucky before squirmy becomes jumpy. Not to mention its fun, cheap to get started, and surprisingly good cash money.

I feel like this is getting kinda long, so ill wrap up with a question in hopes of some conversation: I haven't found much on the trails from people tattooing in the traditional styles of tribal cultures such as Native American, Pacific Islander, or Australian Aboriginal cultures. To be clear I am not referring to contemporary 'tribal' style tattoos of the extremely popular sort. Anyone here doing this or into it? Anyone know of respected practicing authorities in these or similar traditions that have a web presence?

Thank you kindly!

-CS

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Hi CS, you had me kinda hooked by the 2nd image........You seem to know where you are heading, and I hope we can help you achieve this..P.

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Wow, that second pic is so cool I feel like I'm creeping joint the dude at the table doo good dude

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All i can think off is that previously you made silicone dongs and now you facepaint children. Nothing wrong there dont get me wrong but.. you know.

Those two illustrations are cool. Welcome to the trails and I hope you enjoy your stay

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I suppose it's a case of from one extreme to the other and now tattooing is in the mix I guess it's all about having the client walk away with a smile on their face! Lol

Welcome to the trails

I guess making latex dongs is similar in a way to the workings of a tattoo machine... If it ain't going in and out its not doing its job properly!

Mac

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LOL @ mac......Yep, stroke, and length of throw are important.....So I have been told....

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Thanks guys for the warm welcome!

And Nippy, for the vote of confidence! It's taken me just over 30 years, but I've found a direction. You've already been helping me with the incredible amount of sharing and maintenance you do around here!

Letaali, I've learned from your path as well. Thanks for sharing your experiences! I plan to do the same.

Yes I suppose it is a funny juxtaposition, the dongs and the kids. All in the name of progress, as they say... In reality, one was over before the other began. I will say this though: It's a rough world out there and kids deserve to be educated positively and early.

And at the risk of pushing the awkward a little farther here is an example of each:

DaggerSkull.jpg

20120217_063643.jpg

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Welcome aboard....Neat illustrations... My name is Adam. I have been known to be a jerk at times, but I'm working on being better

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oh cmon adam. You are not a jerk. You lay it down just like you see it and that is why people including me respect you.

also.. neat plug. not for amateurs haha

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Well I'm glad YOU knew what it was letaali cos I thought it was a dogs toy of some sort!!

;-)

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The second drawing is really cool. Welcome fella most interesting introduction I've read for a while :)

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Hey cs if your still wondering about some real cultural tribal look up jack Berryman of nativeone tatto studio on the Gold Coast his stuff is legit as lots of Maori and Polynesian style stuff

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You know, people really do love their pets...

I guess it's been a while since I posted. I've been moving. Good to be back in the city!

Any way thanks for the welcomes and compliments and, er, comments:) And hey Dripple that Jack Berryman work is awesome! Thanks for that lead- definitely still interested.

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