New chapters added!
Posted on Mon, October 19, 2015
The release of the electronic edition of my educational package Reinventing The Tattoo has given me a chance to go back over the entire thing and reassess not only where the curriculum needed to be brought up to date, such as with the Photoshop and tattoo machine chapters, but also where it needed to address the ever expanding spectrum of artistic styles and techniques being used in tattooing.
That's why I'm so jazzed about the first round of guest writers that have contributed to the book; this includes Russ Abbott, whose approach bridges the classic to the contemporary; Nick Baxter, whose understanding of classic realist painting techniques is mirrored in his layering methods on skin; Don McDonald, who does so much large-scale sleeve and bodywork that he's perfected ways to got stencils down for epic projects in one shot; and Megan Jean Morris, whose fine art sensibilities carry across into the way where she works with her clients to create the best possible project for both artist and collector.
The Reinventing The Tattoo electronic format is made for expandability, and I'm working with a number of artists on the next round of new chapters. I'll be adding more of my own material in coming months, including an acrylic painting tutorial and a seminar on coverup tattooing.
Meanwhile, I have also added a short chapter on clients and their design needs, near the end of Part II just before Megan's chapter. This is a chapter that I expect will be updated regularly, since the client's needs make for such a tricky yet fruitful topic of discussion. There is also a chapter in Part 6 detailing the evolution of the rotary machine... it even goes a little bit into the crazy experiments that I did with Carson Hill aling with a bunch of other friends in a temporary laboratory that we made in his garage to capture the motion of a tattoo needle in high definition. Rotaries are quickly taking a lead in the industry so it's worth talking about them in detail.
Last but not least, remember to post work for critique! I generally get to critiques about once every 5 days or so. I expect the forum to get a bit busier as time goes on, where we;ll see a lot more memebers contributing to each other's critiques. It's a great place tro dive deeply into where you stand as an artist and what to do next to take your work to the next level.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there!
December 7, 2015