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Saturday was a long day. I got to Bullwinkles to see Dan about 11:00 Saturday morning. Dan was already and waiting for me to get there. He wanted to discuss aspects of the original image that he wanted to do, ie. make it "more tattooable" as he put it.
The original is an image that gryphons_hole had done a year or so ago and I just fell in love with it. So, Gryphon told me that it would be OK if I were to use it for a tattoo. Dan started with a basic outline and trace and he got to work. Dan's girlfriend, Mary, had just given him one of here old massage tables, so he was looking forward to trying it out on a client. I guess that would be me.
This the forth tat that I have gotten from Dan over the 10 years that I have know him. I know a bit about the actual working of tattooing but I asked Dan about needles. He said that he like a 9 and that he would be using a 9 and a 14 for most of the lines. He had a color "fill" needle and a 5 for the fine hair on the image. Dan gave me a loupe and let me see the needles, very cool! By the end of the day Dan would have 5 different guns out for my finished ink. I love Dan's work and I like the way he works. I usually walk in with an idea and an open mind. Dan is an artist and he know what will work had his own idea of what he wants. You have to trust your artist!
Dan actually started tattooing my leg at about noon. after about an hour and a half the outlining and boots were practically done. We took a break at that point, I need so coffee and Dan was itching for a cig. After about 15 min we were back at it. First the pants, a grey to go with the shirt which was thinking of a light-medium blue. That was too about another hour or so. Getting to be lunch time. We stopped for lunch. Catfish strips and french fries. By this time the jello had worn off and the coffee had thinned my blood enough that it was dripping down my leg. It seemed like a lot of blood but I guess it was not really that much. I got Dan's daughter, Morgan to take a few pictures, and went back to work. Skin-tone, wood tone, and highlights were next on the list. At 16:00 Dan's next appointment showed up. He had was not sure about the time when he scheduled her, so he told Angie to have here reschedule or come back a few hours later. He said that he was not going to stop in the middle, he was having too much fun with this image. Orange for the beard and moustache. Brown to line the hair. It was 17:30 by the time that I climbed off the table. Dan wrapped up my leg, I gave him a big hug and limped out of the shop.
I'm wiped. I need to take a nap. I just spent 6 hours lying on my side and I am dead tired. I can't wait to show gryphons_hole Dan's work after all the swelling has gone down and the hair on my leg has grown back. 2 weeks and I'm off to KC for Gryphon's open studio.

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folkyboy
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
the tattoo looks AMAZING!

Edited at 2008-03-31 05:28 pm (UTC)
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much Folkyboy! It was nice of you to say so.
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kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, we have to get together someday and compare tats. ;)
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kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Tyler, it's cool. I think you are a pretty cool guy from reading your LJ.
As for looing like a "bad guy", I know people who would have a issues with the fact that is a tattoo at all. So, if my tat is the only issue you have with me I am very greatful.
And, like you said, if I'm happy with it, that is all that counts...
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champdaddy
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
turned out great... thanks for the pics!
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I should have taken more "work-in-progress" shots, but I was too busy grinding my teeth. :) Probably some more after the swelling go down.
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aadroma
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Wow -- your tattoo is QUITE hot! I'm VERY impressed with how it came out!!
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks Roger. You'll have to get a better look at it at BearPride *wink, wink*
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kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch Mark.
I can't wait to show Gryphon. Yeah, wow I didn't think it was that big, but I guess it is. It sure took longer than my others.....
bigfootcub
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
nice tatto and drawing to both of you..cant wait to see it in person
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks Matt, It won't be too long now.
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rockybear02
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
That is really cool!
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Rocky! Great of you to say so.


DS/ I used to know another Rocky from Reading, PA. He used to work for Bethlahem Steel and rode a Harley.... You happen to know Him?
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(Anonymous)
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
How many?
How many dicks does the guy in your tattoo have? I cound three large ones and three small ones.
kumazuki
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: How many?
One nice BIG padded pouch. And one woody
supercub
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
WOW
very AWSOME ink there guy thats just great
kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW
Thanks Jamie,
I really looking forward to the finished image after it is healed and hair has grown back...
chimera_lancer
Mar. 31st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Before I got a good look at it, my first thought was "Why is that man stabbing himself in the crotch?"
kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I can see how you could get that image....

That would give it a whole different meaning..
blachubear
Mar. 31st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
That's one fucking cool tattoo. It looks good on you.
kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have to give you a closer look when I get to Chigaco...
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mancerbear
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I have to say, there's almost nothing cooler than knowing that someone out there is wearing a piece of your art on their skin. I know I dig the feeling.
kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
That is one of the reasons I got this design, because of the artist.
I'll bet you have lots of people running around with part of you on them *wink*

puck48197
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
VERY NICE!!!!
How many does this make for you? I've got 6...so far!!! LOL!
kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: VERY NICE!!!!
Thanks a bunch.

This make number 9.
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kumazuki
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
*BLUSH*
I pale in comparison to the two artist who I wear.

Thank you.
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