If you’re a regular OV reader, you probably know by now just how much I like Devil tattoos. Serious devil tattoos, silly ones, as long as it’s an evil red imp… I’m into it. This fella was done down at Ink Smith & Rogers in Jacksonville by the talented Dave Wulff, who you should follow on Instagram here.
He’s doing a bunch of guest spots lately, so check out his IG page for the next stop!
Posted by Shawn Porter on January 19, 2013
I’m currently vacationing in Santa Cruz California. Other than a brief post on my personal blog I’ve been pretty lazy with keeping things updated. But when I saw this Holy Mountain torso piece by Simon Erl in my inbox I braved the WordPress iPad app to be able to update from our rental car en route to San Francisco. Simon tells me he has a pretty epic back piece lined up that will appeal to occult cinema nerds; I can’t wait to see it!
Posted by Shawn Porter on September 23, 2012
Been a while, eh?
Life’s been moving along nicely lately and I’ve been spending less time in front of the laptop and more time adventuring; that’s always a good thing. But when I came across this beautiful work by Stockholm’s Iain Mullen, I knew that it would end up here on OV. Very simple color palate that just sells the whole design.
You can find Iain at Imperial Tattoo in Stockholm, Sweden.
Posted by Shawn Porter on August 19, 2012
Been a while since I featured something from Simon Erl; there’s no time like the present to make up for that.
This little ouija piece was done at Temple Tattoo while Simon was visiting the West Coast. It sucks that he wasn’t visiting Philly and tattooing me, but thems the breaks sometimes.
Posted by Shawn Porter on July 8, 2012
As my latest tattoo from Robert Ryan heals (and coincidentally enough, it’s of this fella above’s arch nemesis) I find myself being very protective of the remaining skin that I have left to tattoo. I’ve posted ‘painted into a corner’ updates before; that I’m rapidly running out of available spots and that every new tattoo is one less that I’ll ever be able to get.
It makes me happy that I’m so close to being ‘done’ but there are just so many folks out there doing killer work who I know I’ll regret not being tattooed by- folks like Michael Bennett, Adam Shrewsbury and Ohio’s Jacob Des.
Every time Jake busts out a new painting (and it seems it’s daily- he’s the hardest working painter in Tattooing sometimes) I realize that saving him a little spot is a necessity.
So enjoy this one from Mr. Des. It’s the devil, and who doesn’t love the devil?
Jacob Des Central.
Posted by Shawn Porter on June 25, 2012
I went in yesterday to spend some time with Robert Ryan.
I always gush about getting worked on by Robert; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you get a heck of a lot more than just a tattoo from him. He turned my sloppy thumbnail into the perfect tattoo and spent the day cracking me up.
I also found out that Mike Schweigert is cooler than everyone who HASN’T had Pushead do an album cover for them.
My life is in a weird transition right now and this tattoo really helps solidify the changes that need to be made and helps me focus on my goals. When I started OV last year, I said “some tattoos are distilled images; sigils that compress thought into a symbol and say everything that needs to be said without having to burden the world with more mindless rambling.”
So I’ll cut out the rambling, and just thank Robert, Mike, Andy and Mike for a really cathartic day.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 29, 2012