I haven’t worked any conventions this year as I got a bit tired of them. I felt they were the not most productive use of my time; I get to do nicer work, more work, in a more comfortable environment in the shop. There is no financial gain; if I am lucky I break even financially, but not when you consider the money I lose from not being in the shop. I was also tired of the competitive environment which brings out the worst in peoples personalities: jealously, insecurity, sycophancy, etc. Unfortunately I am not above this myself and I hate to feel these things. Finally, I have worked some awful conventions where the size of the booth you are given is laughable, the facilities provided are minimal at best, getting enough chairs or tables or even electricity to your booth is a hassle, security are plain fucking rude as it nears the end of the Sunday etc etc ad nauseum.
Unfortunately you do drop off the radar slightly if you don’t put yourself out there so next year I will be dipping my toe back in the convention waters at North Lakes (13-14th April) and Liverpool (3-5th May). I would love to do some nice work at these so please get in touch if you want something cool. Emailing the shop is easiest; firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t already know about it, please take a look at a massive charity event we will be having at MBA in January. Follow the link here. I am planning on doing some small, simple musician portraits for £60 each. I am working on the designs for these and will publish a list of subjects closer to the time with more details.
Finally, here are a couple of new tattoo pics:
It has been a very interesting week here in Birmingham, luckily Modern Body Art survived the riots intact. It didn’t affect us at all really, we stayed open just the same hours and got on with tattooing. I have plenty of opinions of what went on but I am sure nobody comes here for my political rhetoric.
I worked Tattoo Jam and probably enjoyed it and found it more inspiring than I thought I would. I am not planning any conventions next year but maybe the year after I will do some again.
I really enjoyed doing this piece on my friend, she was a trooper at the end too, it had started to get really sore;
This piece is a little different to what I normally do, although I did try to make it slightly gloomy, not all cute and girly;
Here is a healed photo of another lasered cover up;
Here is an old tattoo, I did that I never got a photo of. I am now working on a new piece on the same customer so I grabbed this shot;