Carolyn does rally rad tattoos.
Dolls are creepy. (Go see the Conjuring)
I spotted this Matryoshka tattoo the other day and knew I’d have to put it up here on OV. I was just in the Bay Area but sadly didn’t have time to meet up with Carolyn, but.. next visit we’ll have to talk creepy dolls, good tattoos and good times!
The Clubhouse Tattoo Shop in Oakland
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.