This piece was done many years ago on a client of ours named Donovan to celebrate the Roman god of agriculture, wine and fertility, Bacchus!
This client grew up loving the magical kingdom of Disney, and its inspirational fairytales! She got the original tattoo done many years ago, and came to Shane to give it some new life with an addition and some vibrant color!
Its not everyday that a client walks in and requests two totally fictional portraits, but that was the case with this princess and jester! So much fun. More please!
This St. Michael the Archangel piece has really aged well. Done about five years ago on a lovely lady's forearm, it serves as a daily reminder to her to be strong against the forces of darkness!
One day Shane sat down at a breakfast bar, and his barista suggested he draw a half-octopus mermaid on the concrete countertop! So he took out his chalk pastels and went to work!
A beautiful watercolor rose on the forearm of our friend Savannah's mom! She is all about those blends and drips!!
Sometimes clients show up without a clear idea of what they want, and magic happens! This client came to us wanting a black thigh piece that represented the infiniteness of time and the idea of fate!
Progress update on Blake's leg!
Throwback to last year at a live painting event put on by Meow Wolf, where Shane painted the legendary Yoda!
This tattoo is all about balance! The client came to Shane with a few simple requests:
She wanted the art to fit her body really well.
Embody balance and fluidity.
Include sparrows in the yin and yang design!
This client came to us with a love of beauty and an inherent need to be fierce. Think someone who paints her nails before she goes out hunting!
The combination of the Headdress and Dreamcatcher is meant to symbolize both parts of her: The dreamer, and the fighter!
A little progress update on Josh's wrap-around timeline and full arm sleeve, based on the book Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn!
The Wrap-Around Timeline is based on modern' civilization’s origin story and the hidden cultural biases that continue to drive it forward. Starting at the top of the neck with the Big Bang, it continues all the way around the his core several times until it ends on his back by his shoulder with humanity’s ability to manipulate DNA!
The Full Arm Sleeve is broken down into the different generations of humanity and their impact on our planet. It explores themes of ethics, sustainability, and global catastrophe.
The blue part represents the past generations whom we call, The Leavers, or those who cared for and lived in balance with the planet.
The yellow part represents the current generation, whom we call, The Takers. Those who disregard their impact on the planet and in fact, seek to exploit it’s resources at all costs.
The green part represents the future generations of humanity yet to come or those whom we refer to as, The Makers. Their ability to combine nature and technology to create harmony between humans and the rest of the planet offers us hope.
The journey through the tattoo ends with a Flower of Life design on the hand! The fingers had yet to be completed in this photo.
Still a long way to go on this one.
The armpit is coming up next, followed by the detail work on the transition points between the timeline layers on his core and the generational layers on the arm sleeve. Not to mention that that nipple needs another blackout session!
All in all, we’ve made a lot of progress.
Think Ishmael would be proud!
This large scale tree was a long time in the coming for this client! Having wanted this tattoo for some time, it was a sacred experience for her. While the tree represents grounding, the blowing leaves remind her to let go and trust in the natural order of things!
Orange poppies with an Ibex (or maybe Ram) skull! To create this lovely back piece Shane worked with the client to combine her favorite elements of a few different paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe!