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Art Jam with Stefano Fabretti

Posted on Wed, March 03, 2021

 

 


#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jason Leseer

Posted on Sun, February 28, 2021

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The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #25

Posted on Thu, February 25, 2021

 

 


Sponsor Spotlight with Donna of InkJet Stencils

Posted on Wed, February 24, 2021

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Art History Discussion with Guy Aitchison and Brandon Bean

Posted on Tue, February 23, 2021

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#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jake Meeks #15

Posted on Mon, February 22, 2021


#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jason Leseer

Posted on Sun, February 21, 2021


Tent Talk with Robert Schaal

Posted on Sun, February 21, 2021


Live in the Castro: Brittny Abad

Posted on Wed, February 17, 2021

 

 


Art Jam with Brad Wooten

Posted on Tue, February 16, 2021


#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jake Meeks #14

Posted on Mon, February 15, 2021

 


#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jason Leeser

Posted on Sun, February 14, 2021

 


The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #23 - Forrest G

Posted on Thu, February 11, 2021

World Tattoo Events Interviews Bijay Shrestha

Posted on Wed, February 10, 2021

Hablamos de Arte con Bruno Salvatierra @ 9pm EST

Posted on Tue, February 09, 2021


Lines of Influence: From Classic Masterworks to Modern Tattooing

Posted on Mon, February 08, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jake Meeks #13

Posted on Mon, February 08, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser #8

Posted on Sun, February 07, 2021

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #22 - Ed Leverock

Posted on Thu, February 04, 2021

Art Jam with Stefano Fabretti

Posted on Wed, February 03, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup - Monday Mornings with Jake Meeks #12

Posted on Sun, January 31, 2021

Alla Prima Still Life with Nick Baxter

Posted on Sun, January 31, 2021

Required Materials: -8 x 10 inch GessoBord panel (Recommended brand is Ampersand, they make the best pre-gessoed panels) -graphite pencil -drawing paper -ruler -round/filbert/flat brushes of various sizes for paint application -fan brush or soft fluffy round brush for paint blending -rag or paper towels -odorless mineral spirits (OMS) -palette -palette knife -oil medium (Natural Pigments “oleogel”, or linseed oil) -oil colors (professional artist grade pigments only, not value brand or student grade): Titanium white, buff titanium, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, raw umber, cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, cadmium red deep, burnt sienna, alizarin permanent, viridian green. All other colors optional.


#Reinventing Drawing Group with Jason Leeser #7 @ 1pm EST

Posted on Sun, January 31, 2021

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Posted on Sat, January 30, 2021

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #21 -Tattoo Doula

Posted on Thu, January 28, 2021

 

 


Digital editing for InkJet Stencils

Posted on Tue, January 26, 2021
Frank Concepcion was an early adopter of InkJet Stencils early 2018. He has mastered the tools to edit original digital photographs using a variety of Adobe Photoshop filters. The results are amazing. This session will demonstrate specific Adobe Photoshop editing techniques for the overall image as well as ways to highlight details in dark dense areas. For any realism tattoos - human or pet portraits, wildlife or botanicals - learning how best to use Adobe Photoshop to create the optimum InkJet Stencils® will improve your skill and save you hours a day eliminating hand stenciling.

Live Paint Jam: Octopus Night with Renée Little

Posted on Mon, January 25, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jake Meeks #11

Posted on Sun, January 24, 2021

Reinventing Drawing Group with Jason Leeser #6

Posted on Sun, January 24, 2021


Let's Talk Tattoos with Marc from Needlejig

Posted on Sat, January 23, 2021


The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #20 - Blade Amodio

Posted on Thu, January 21, 2021

Travis Louie - Art Talk with Guy Aitchison

Posted on Wed, January 20, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jake Meeks #10

Posted on Mon, January 18, 2021

Live Paint Jam : Monsters & Mythology with Leo Gonzales

Posted on Sun, January 17, 2021

BOOKS & ONLINE LEARNING I’VE FOUND EXTREMELY HELPFUL

Fantasy Workshop by Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art Techniques by Patrick J. Jones

Sci-fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Masterclass by Patrick J. Jones

Figures From Life by Patrick J. Jones

The Anatomy of Style by Patrick J. Jones

pjartworks.com (downloadable books and art lesson movies -THESE ARE AMAZING AND INVALUABLE - art school online)

www.donatoarts.com (videos in the store section- ‘Painting Joan of Arc’ & ‘the Mechanic’ - these are also amazing and give incredible insight into the process of one of the greatest living fantasy artists of our time)


#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser #5

Posted on Sat, January 16, 2021

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #19

Posted on Thu, January 14, 2021

Live at the Castro #2 : Ace Vencenzo

Posted on Wed, January 13, 2021
Ace Vencenzo is a bold American traditional Tattooer from Chicago, IL. He's been tattooing professionally since 2013 after he finished his apprenticeship at Walker’s Point Tattoo in Milwaukee, WI. Ace later worked under his mentor Sam Bielinski at Atomic Tattoo until he moved to the Bay Area in 2017 to tattoo alongside Joey Cassina at Ocean Avenue Tattoo. Ace is a Trans man who has stories about tattooing earlier in his career as a femme presenting lesbian woman. From local street shops to private studios, Ace tells all about his experiences and how moving to the Bay changed his life forever. Ace shares stories with us about finding the right shop to thrive in and self motivated mantras on inner peace and staying kind; when you can, of course.

“Hablemos De Arte” con Bruno Salvatierra

Posted on Tue, January 12, 2021
El día Martes 12 de Enero a las 9pm, “hablemos de arte” con Bruno Salvatierra en compañía de grandes artistas de la industria de tatuajes en una sesión colectiva virtual de pintura en español, traído gracias a “Reinventing the tattoo”. “Let’s talk art” with Bruno Salvatierra On Tuesday January 12th at 9pm, “let’s talk art”with Bruno Salvatierra in the company of great artists from the tattoo industry in a collective virtual paint jam in Spanish, brought to you by “Reinventing the tattoo”

The History of Tattoo Conventions with Marco Leoni

Posted on Tue, January 12, 2021

How To Build A Paul Rogers-Style Pre-Fab Tattoo Machine

Posted on Mon, January 11, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser #4

Posted on Sun, January 10, 2021

#ReinventingDrawingGroup With Jake Meeks #9

Posted on Sun, January 10, 2021

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #18 - Jay Grimme

Posted on Thu, January 07, 2021
Jordan Rookus and Fawn Baker are back for the 18th episode of The Tattoo Collecting Podcast! This time they're joined by Collector Jay Grime who is working on his BioOrganic body suit with Ty McEwen.

Tattoo Machine Madness #1 - Machine builders panel

Posted on Tue, January 05, 2021
Join Guy Aitchison, Tony Urbanek, Carson Hill, Greg DiGiacinto and suprise guest tattoo machine builders as they talk machines. They will talk coil machines, rotary machines, great machines, and shitty machines. If you know tattoo machine builders, then you know this will be fucking interesting!

Drawing Night: Aquatic or Space with Renee Little

Posted on Mon, January 04, 2021
Monday January 4th at 7pm EST Join Renee Little and guests for a Live drawing night where the theme will be your choice of Aquatic or Space or perhaps a combination of both. The zoom link will be shared in the chatroom so you can hop on the Zoom call and talk with everyone while you draw together.

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser

Posted on Sun, January 03, 2021
join Jason Leeser for the Sunday drawing group. Zoom in to chat while you are creative together.

#ReinventingDrawingGroup With Jake Meeks

Posted on Sun, January 03, 2021
Join Jake Meeks for another Monday morning drawing group where you can zoom in to chat and be creative together.

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Matt Jackson

Posted on Fri, January 01, 2021

First Global Biomech Party

Posted on Sun, December 27, 2020

New Reinventing the Tattoo Community App Launched!
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Sunday, December 27th at 6pm EST FREE to the public at www.reinventingthetattoo.com If you’re a fan of Biomechanical art, we have a perfect activity for you during that week between Christmas and New Years: Reinventing The Tattoo will be hosting the First Global Biomech Party to celebrate both artists and fans of this genre. Hosting it will be Markus Lenhard, Guy Aitchison, and Killian Moon from the @biomech_collective We encourage artists to form collaboration circles with groups of 2-5 people (virtually or in person when safe to do so) and tune in that night as the three hosts welcome a number of guests to talk bio and have a few drinks. Every 20-30 minutes we’ll announce time to switch collaborations with the others in your circle. Toward the end of the night we’ll show off all the collab pieces and share the zoom link with anyone who wants to hop in the conversation. Bio artists are great at collaborating, it’s part of how we play- so let’s have a blast that night and make art as a group. We look forward to seeing you there!

#ReinventingDrawingGroup With Jake Meeks Dec 28th

Posted on Sun, December 27, 2020

New Reinventing the Tattoo Community App Launched!
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#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser

Posted on Sat, December 26, 2020
Have you been enjoying the #reinventingdrawinggroup with Jake Meeks the past few weeks? Or maybe the timing hasn't worked out yet but you'd like to hang out with other artists as you all work on your art? On Sunday one of our Reinventing The Tattoo Members, Jake Leeser will be hosting one of these drawing groups.

#ReinventingDrawingGroup With Jake Meeks

Posted on Mon, December 21, 2020
Join Jake Meeks and others in a LIVE Zoom Drawing Group. Bring a project that you're working on and hop on the zoom to chat with everyone as you get ready for the day.

Let's Talk Tattoo with Marc from Needlejig

Posted on Mon, December 21, 2020

#ReinventingDrawingGroup with Jason Leeser

Posted on Sun, December 20, 2020
Join Reinventing the Tattoo member, Jason Leeser for a drawing session. Bring your pieces that you are working on and hop on the zoom call so you can chat and draw together.

LIVE: Basics of Landscape Painting In Oil with Nick Baxter

Posted on Sun, December 20, 2020

Join Nick Baxter for a Landscape Painting session. You can paint along side Nick or paint a landscape on your own and enjoy the conversation and tips. If you are painting along with Nick here are some recommended supplies to have with you: palette knife, rags, oil paint, solvent, oil medium, painting panel (Ampersand Gessobord recommended) Recommended minimum palette is raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, alizarin permanent, sap green, chromium green, buff titanium, titanium white.


The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #17 - Chuck Deezee

Posted on Thu, December 17, 2020
Fawn Baker and Jordan Rookus sit down with Tattoo Collector Chuck Deezee and talk about his extensive collection and the experiences and stories from his journey.

Live in the Castro: a Tattoo Podcast #1 : Leslie Mah

Posted on Wed, December 16, 2020
In this episode Haley Adams and Jess Koala interview Leslie Mah to get all of her stories on growing up, playing in Tribe8 and battling cancer as a tattooer. Leslie has been tattooing since 1996 in the bay area and was apart of the Queer Core music scene in the 90s with her band Tribe8. Tribe8 played with bands like Bikini Kill & Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Reinventing Tattoo Design with Russ Abbott and Guy Aitchison

Posted on Tue, December 15, 2020

 

After a 20+ year tattoo career and being at the vanguard of digital tattoo design, Russ Abbott has watched the evolution of tattooing over a long arc. As his workflow shifted to be almost entirely digital, Russ founded Tattoo Smart in 2017 as a platform to connect tattooers to the tools and resources that save them time and give them more artistic possibilities digitally. 

During tonight’s live stream, Guy and Russ will take a look at some of Tattoo Smart’s latest tools with applications to any style of tattooing. They’ll also be joined by two special guests.  Damon Conklin will chat about his shift to Procreate from the perspective of an OG flash painter, and how it feels to see other tattooers using his digital flash now. They’ll also be joined by Biomech Encyclopedia collaborator Brad Wooten who will demo his secret new brush set “Cyberfluidics,” and show how Tattoo Smart is reinventing tattoo design yet again.

Be sure to subscribe to Tattoo Smart’s YouTube channel to see all their upcoming live stream and tutorial videos, and let them know if there are any digital design tutorials you would like to see.


Reinventing The Tattoo Podcast with Tommy Lee Wendtner

Posted on Tue, December 15, 2020

 

Guy Aitchison interviews German tattoo artist, Tommy Lee Wendtner.

Tommy Lee specializes in dark, creepy and otherworldly black and grey work.


#ReinventingDrawingGroup With Jake Meeks

Posted on Sun, December 13, 2020

Let's Talk Tattoo : Renee Little

Posted on Sun, December 13, 2020

2020 Online Tattoo Competition - Best in India

Posted on Sun, December 13, 2020

Live Paint Jam : Mermaids with Judy Parker

Posted on Sun, December 13, 2020

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #16 - Todd Torres

Posted on Thu, December 10, 2020
Make sure to tune in at 12pm EST, Thursday December 10th at www.reinventingthetattoo.com to watch @tattoo_collecting_101 podcast #16 !! @jordanrookustattoo and @fawn_baker will be chatting with @gojira54 about his tattoos, his own collection and more.

World Tattoo Events interviews Durb Morrison

Posted on Wed, December 09, 2020

Drunk Critique Holiday Edition hosted by Bob Tyrrell & Tony Romel

Posted on Tue, December 08, 2020
Bob Tyrrell and Tony Romel are leading up a world-class panel of drunk critiquers from around the, er, world including Shawn Barber kicking the holidays off proper with some day drinking from LA. Annlaug Tolo and Jannicke Wiese-Hansen will be enjoying the spirits from Norway, Thea Duskin's laugh will be heard from New York, and Stef Bastion who roams the world swapping traditional tattoo tales will settle down for a few drinks and critiques. Speaking of critiques, artists who send in their holiday-themed tattoos or artwork to geta@drunkcritique.com for the chopping block will not only have an expert crew dissect their work, but each entrant will have a chance to win some amazing prizes (to be used sober) including Bob Tyrrell's Intenze Ink Set, a ticket to Tony Urbanek's Build a Tattoo Machine Workshop, Inkjet Stencils, Dermalize Pro, subscriptions to Reinventing the Tattoo, and more as prizes are confirming every day. On top of that, every tattooer who watches can enter to win a Cheyenne Sol Terra and Grip! That means there is over a grand in giveaways up for grabs, and as folks who have experienced Drunk Critique before can attest, the guest list and surprises will be special and filled with extra holiday cheer. Hate the holidays? Beam in with your bah humbug for... dare I say it... wait for it... here it comes... contrast. Cheers!

Drawing Japanese Finger Waves followup exercise with Andre Malcom, Guy Aitchison, & you!

Posted on Mon, December 07, 2020

#ReinventingDrawingGroup - Monday Mornings with Jake Meeks

Posted on Sun, December 06, 2020
Start your week off right! Dust off those weekend cobwebs (if you got em), and join host Jake Meeks and other amazing artists for the Monday Morning Drawing Group. Bring whatever you are working on for the day, a tattoo design for your next session or something just for fun and beam into the Zoom call to hang out with everyone while they wake up and get creative together. Or draw along at home, or simply watch and learn about tattoos, and what goes into great tattoo designs. Surprise guests and giveaways make watching live worth clicking the notifications! 

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #15 - Ben Thomas

Posted on Thu, December 03, 2020

Monday Morning Drawing Session #3 with Jake Meeks

Posted on Mon, November 30, 2020

Live Exercise: Elemental Flow Part 2 - Waves

Posted on Mon, November 30, 2020

Tip Andre!


Live Paint Jam: Nature Landscape with Rain Delmar

Posted on Sun, November 29, 2020

The Guy Aitchison Rock River Edition Tattoo Machine

Posted on Sat, November 28, 2020

Guy Aitchison Tattoo MachineThe Guy Aitchison Rock River Edition Tattoo Machine First run - Brass - Limited edition of 815 - $599

After 32 years of tattooing, this is Guy’s only ever production model machine. He had planned on co-hosting a convention in Rockford Illinois this year, but since conventions are temporarily on hold he and Rockford tattooer Rob Schaal have built a unique lining machine instead. Guy carved the frame to reduce its weight while at the same time shaping it in such a way to provide the greatest structure for its weight. Each frame is precision milled and hand polished, then signed and numbered by Guy. Coils are 8 wrap; some other hardware may vary slightly from photos as Guy and Rob continue to refine the details prior to shipment which will happen in the third week of December. Please let us know if this machine is meant as a Christmas gift so we can expedite shipping. Also available in aluminum.

Purchase Guy Aitchison Tattoo Machine Here


The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #14 - Fawn Baker and Jordan Rookus

Posted on Thu, November 26, 2020

World Tattoo Events with Kim from the Brussels Tattoo Convention

Posted on Wed, November 25, 2020

From Alex Van Dutch of World Tattoo Events:
"I'm very pleased to announce, that for the series of  "The History of Tattoo Conventions", on Wednesday the 25th of November I'm going to host a live interview with the organizer of the International Brussels Tattoo Convention.

This is a series of interviews, aiming to explore the history and most interesting aspects of tattoo conventions, directly with their organizers!"


Building a Great Biz

Posted on Wed, November 25, 2020

TattooNOW Business Roundtable - Business Essentials

Posted on Wed, November 18, 2020

Morning Drawing Session with Jake Meeks

Posted on Mon, November 16, 2020

Tony Romel and Marc Lescarbeau from Needlejig Tattoo Supply

Posted on Mon, November 16, 2020

Sea Turtle Sunday Paint Night with Judy Parker and Guy Aitchison

Posted on Sun, November 15, 2020

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #13 - Ben Riffe

Posted on Thu, November 12, 2020
Join Fawn Baker and Jordan Rookus as they sit down with Ben Riffe and talk about their tattoo experiences and more.

Business Essentials for Tattooers

Posted on Wed, November 11, 2020

Live 8PM EST


Drunk Critque

Posted on Tue, November 10, 2020

Email your tattoos to geta@drunkcritique.com



Guy Aitchison Interviews Hanumantra

Posted on Mon, November 09, 2020

The Tattoo Collecting Podcast #12 - Joey Knuckles

Posted on Thu, November 05, 2020

Dark Art Jam with Jesse Levitt and guests

Posted on Fri, October 30, 2020

Tattoo Collecting Podcast #11 with Durb Morrison

Posted on Tue, October 27, 2020

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Tattoo Collecting Podcast

Posted on Thu, October 22, 2020

Tune in tonight at 7pm EST for an exclusive interview with up and coming dark artist @maxwelllacroix and Melbourne based and globally recognized artist, @xia?tattoo. As isolation continues throughout the outback, we open up the conversation abroad with questions relating to the dark arts. We will engage in conversation about the various tactics we utilize to learn from each other and strive to push the limits of our creative and oftentimes goth imaginations. This may be the first in a small series of interviews with Xia where we take an inside look at her journey and the trials and tribulations she has overcome to be a leader in the industry. See you there!

9PM EST  - Coverup Challange with Guy Aitchison

We'll be exploring the coverup challenge in a @ReinventingTheTattoo exercise that's open to the general public. In this project we'll start with the before photo pictured, then choose one of the two hawk heads provided (swipe). This basically gives you the option of a symmetrical layout or an asymmetrical one, as discussed in last week's Symmetry/Asymmetry workshop. Swipe again to see the Victorian ornament that your hypothetical client has provided to frame off and work with the hawk head. You can go as classic or as mech as you want with the ornament. I'll be doing the exercise in Procreate but you can follow along in any medium, digital or analog, although if analog, make sure you've got tracing paper handy. There is enough open skin in this person's back that a strong design can easily be created that provides a clear rhythm of dark and light. I'll be talking in detail about what makes good coverups work during this exercise which starts tomorrow (Monday night) at 9pm EST. You can find us at the top of the Reinventing The Tattoo news feed or, if you're not a subscriber, at the TatttooTelevision YouTube channel. As a bonus, if you tag 5 friends in this post who you think might enjoy getting their hands dirty and joining us for this exercise, you'll qualify for a FREE Biomech Encyclopedia, which I'll be giving away to a randomly chosen participant at the end of the night. Hope to see you there! #art #artclass #tattoo #tattooeducation #tattooworkshop #tattooseminar #coveruptattoo

Live Interviews with Melbourne based artist @xia?tattoo and Wisconsin native, @maxwelllacroix. Tune in tonight at 7pm EST for an exclusive interview with up and coming dark artist @maxwelllacroix and Melbourne based and globally recognized artist, @xia?tattoo. As isolation continues throughout the outback, we open up the conversation abroad with questions relating to the dark arts. We will engage in conversation about the various tactics we utilize to learn from each other and strive to push the limits of our creative and oftentimes goth imaginations. This may be the first in a small series of interviews with Xia where we take an inside look at her journey and the trials and tribulations she has overcome to be a leader in the industry. See you there!

 

 


Tivon - focus

Posted on Sat, August 29, 2020

Wood Grain Paint Jam

Posted on Thu, July 16, 2020


Reinventing Live - Priority

Posted on Sun, July 12, 2020

Beetle Exercise - Line weights

Posted on Thu, April 30, 2020

Ivana Tattoo Art with Guy Aitchison Webinar FREE REPLAY until April 10th 3PM EST

Posted on Wed, April 08, 2020

How's your downtime treating you? Let's take advantage of some of it by watching Guy Aitchison's Free Quarantine Webinar Series #2. Hyperspace Studios is organizing a series of free interactive webinars, every 2-3 days during the quarantine, where Guy Aitchison talks in detail with a number of artists about their design and technical execution in great detail, including questions from audience members. The second of these webinars, featuring Ivana Tattoo Art, was Sunday April 5th. Participants can take part in a lively and in-depth conversation about both design and technique, with the option of joining the exercise workshop April 10th at 4PM EST. Participants are emailed an exercise to work on at the workshop. At 4pm that evening participants can join our interactive drawing group where we can all look at each others' drawings in progress while we talk about art, life, the world and our industry while possibly enjoying a beer. All exercises will be graded by Ivana Tattoo Art and Guy Aitchison in a live session a few days later. This isn't just a webinar- it's a chance to participate in a learning process with direct feedback which you can use to strengthen your skills right away.

Friday April 10th, 4PM EST: Live interactive Exercise Workshop.

This ticket is for the drawing group and exercise critique for April 10th 4PM EST to be taken after the free webinar with Ivana Tattoo Art and Guy Aitchison. Join Ivana and Guy at 4 pm EST the evening of April 10 via Google Hangout, drawing group participants can work on and share their exercises while we talk about art, life, the world, and our industry while possibly enjoying a beer. Ivana and Guy will be present during the drawing group to give feedback as you're working on your exercise.


Guy Aitchison Oil Painting Study and Stream of Conscience

Posted on Tue, April 07, 2020

I want to thank all the fine folk who tuned in during the live cast. You can hear me mumble about painting technique, client pain thresholds, the pandemic, the upcoming convention I’m helping host (provided it doesn’t get canceled), the state of the world and parenting among other fun topics. I’ll be doing a couple more of these minis find them at https://www.tattooeducation.com/Original-Art/


Guy Aitchison now offering online critiques!

Posted on Sat, March 14, 2020

Take advantage of these slow weeks in the studio and double down on your professional development. For a limited time Guy is offering online tattoo critiques, where he goes over 3 of your tattoos including doing Photoshop reworking on one of them. Purchasers will be sent an upload link for submitting their work; critiques have a 5 day turnaround and are delivered in the form of a private YouTube link. $150 per artist, with discounts for groups and for Reinventing The Tattoo members. Available now at www.TattooEducation.com/ subscriptions/

Tattoo Critiques from Guy Aitchison


Outer Space Organic Mech Hand Tattoo

Posted on Mon, March 09, 2020

We just added a detailed step-by-step tutorial showing the completion of an outer space organic mech hand tattoo, condensing the full 4.5 hours into about 45 minutes of detailed close-up footage combined with time lapse clips, narrated throughout with my insights on approaching this kind of tattoo. I've also included a bunch of diagrams and such. It's an updated teaching format which I'm excited about sharing with our subscribers. You can check it out now on Page 7.3.1 of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #seminar #tattooseminar


10 critical factors for effective tattooing - Reinventing The Tattoo Video

Posted on Wed, February 26, 2020

We just added a new full length seminar to our Reinventing The Tattoo on-line educational program. This new video is an overview of the entire curriculum and is aimed at both established members and new subscribers as a way of getting a broad overlook at today’s understandings of this topic. Here’s a short clip of the seminar’s introduction to give you a taste of what I’m talking about. It’s included in your www.ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo#education#tattooeducation#seminar#tattooseminar


Stencil Mirroring

Posted on Tue, January 28, 2020 Advanced Stencil MirroringEvery now and then we get stuck with the puzzle of matching something symmetrically in someone's tattoo collection. Often this will mean having to get an accurate and clear tracing of the person's existing work so that it can be matched correctly on the other side and doing this with tracing paper or other tracing media is a slippery and inaccurate way of going about it. There's actually a great trick for exactly this task which I've just posted about in the Design Transfer: Stenciling and Freehanding chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #tattoostencil #freehand

Mirroring painting on canvas and tattoos

Posted on Tue, November 05, 2019 As a veteran painter who also works on skin (or the other way around, depending on your perspective) I am often seeking ways to create a look in my tattoos that mirrors what I do on canvas, while at the same time retaining the bold graphic clarity that makes a strong tattoo read well. In the space mech piece pictured, my client asked for something full colored but with a natural look. My color schemes in recent years have tended more toward those so-called "grown-up colors"- that is, the spectrum of more subtle earthy tones which more accurately reflect what life is usually like in the natural world rather than a kaleidoscope of crazy bold colors. With such pieces, readability is a key part of my strategy, since it's easy to get lost in rendering like a painter and to lose sight of the need for overall compositional clarity. By carefully reserving some colors for only the background or foreground, I was easily able to assign higher priority to the foreground so that it separates clearly from the atmospheric background. You can read more about my design strategy for this piece in the Priority chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription... and don't forget to check out the new Contrast seminar which has just been added, free to all subscribers. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #spacemech #biomech #artclass #tattooseminar

Black and Grey S curve

Posted on Mon, October 28, 2019 Black and Grey S Curve Sleeve TattooWith all this discussion about S-curves being a "safe" design strategy, especially for sleeves, I thought I'd show an example of something that was a bit of a departure, a black&grey sleeve that I did on fellow tattooer Gwooki. Black & Grey projects present a different kind of challenge, where all the significant shapes and movements in the piece need to be clearly represented by value alone, a challenge which many artists gladly take on because of its predictable aging process (a subject for discussion at another time and place). With this particular sleeve we started the composition at the top with a fairly conventional S-curving motif which curves over the top of the sleeve and follows through from the back of the tricep down to the front of the bicep. The remaining elements in the piece are intended to be more forceful and direct, using a sharply angled down-and-forward direction that carries all the way through to the knuckles. Using this strong diagonal composition was very effective in this piece but had to be handled the right way for it to flow naturally with the arm; you can read more about my approach to this design in the Flow & Fit chapters of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription... and while you're there, don't forget to check out the new Contrast seminar that we recently added! #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #seminar #tattooseminar #artclass #tattooartclass

Reinventing Live!

Posted on Fri, September 13, 2019

Coming next month on Monday, October 14 we are hosting a special one-day educational intensive. It’s a new format, where several artists which include Stefano Alcantara, Kaija Heitland and Markus Lenhard will be doing tattoos while Guy Aitchison sits with them and picks their brains, aiming to get to the bottom of how they think and work, while also including the best audience questions and showing the tattooing action up close. Between these interviews will be some portfolio critiques of participating audience members, and at the end of the day will be a panel discussion featuring the presenting artists addressing some of the tattoo art form’s biggest questions. Late that night Guy will be working on a freehand piece into the late hours and will answer any interesting questions that roll in. 

Tickets are available for viewing the event online or for attending live at Euro Tattoo in Rockford Illinois, about 2 hours from Chicago or an hour from Ohare Airport. The event will run from noon Central time until around late that night, with a couple meal breaks. Existing Reinventing The Tattoo subscribers will get a free limited edition hoodie- if you aren’t a subscriber and you want this hoodie you’ll need to subscribe first and then purchase your Reinventing Live ticket.

This is a new, compact format for sharing a lot of information in a single day. We are excited about the possibilities and hope that you can join us!

Click HERE to purchase tickets!

 

Reinventing Live

Posted on Fri, September 13, 2019

Coming next month on Monday, October 14 we are hosting a special one-day educational intensive. It’s a new format, where several artists which include Stefano Alcantara, Kaija Heitland and Markus Lenhard will be doing tattoos while Guy Aitchison sits with them and picks their brains, aiming to get to the bottom of how they think and work, while also including the best audience questions and showing the tattooing action up close. Between these interviews will be some portfolio critiques of participating audience members, and at the end of the day will be a panel discussion featuring the presenting artists addressing some of the tattoo art form’s biggest questions. Late that night Guy will be working on a freehand piece into the late hours and will answer any interesting questions that roll in. 

 

Tickets are available for viewing the event online or for attending live at Euro Tattoo in Rockford Illinois, about 2 hours from Chicago or an hour from Ohare Airport. The event will run from noon Central time until around late that night, with a couple meal breaks. Existing Reinventing The Tattoo subscribers will get a free limited edition hoodie- if you aren’t a subscriber and you want this hoodie you’ll need to subscribe first and then purchase your Reinventing Live ticket.

This is a new, compact format for sharing a lot of information in a single day. We are excited about the possibilities and hope that you can join us!

Go HERE to purchase tickets!


Contrast - The Backbone of a Tattoo Webinar added to Reinventing the Tattoo

Posted on Sun, September 08, 2019

Contrast in Tattoos seminarThe next major seminar has been added to the Reinventing the Tattoo curriculum! This is the Contrast seminar that I gave last year in St.Louis, diving deep into what contrast really means in a tattoo in terms of using value, color, focus, outlines and other variables to create visually strong, long-lasting tattoos. It can be found on page 2.3.14 at the end of the Contrast chapter and features work by Steve Butcher, Phil Garcia, Alex Pancho, Tofi, Paul Acker and other amazing talents in an effort to show the contrast subject across a diverse range of styles.


New Tutorial Added

Posted on Fri, August 09, 2019

We’ve just added a new closeup video tutorial to Reinventing The Tattoo, available now to all subscribers in the Challenging Body Part chapter Page 7.6.5 


New Tutorial Added To ReinventingTheTattoo.com

Posted on Fri, August 09, 2019

We’ve just added a new closeup video tutorial to Reinventing The Tattoo, available now to all subscribers in the Challenging Body Part chapter. If you’re not a subscriber yet you can find out more at www.reinventingthetattoo.com


Major tattoo sleeve coverup

Posted on Sun, April 14, 2019

Sleeve coverup
Recently I took on a sleeve coverup project where we were dealing with some fairly dark unwanted work. The upper outer part of the arm in particular had some open areas that allowed us to make a strong composition that wasn’t too dense, working with an industrial Biomech theme which is great for covering old tattoos because of its use of rythmic structured detail work. In the above photos you can see the results of the first pass, where we achieved a solid foundation that will allow us to really dial it in during the next session. But we didn’t simply blast over the old work, which makes for dense looking coverups- the approach was a bit more strategic than that, which you can read about in detail in a new section that we just added on page 8.2.7


Aging in a realism tattoo with Phil Garcia

Posted on Wed, January 30, 2019 Phil Garcia Realism tattoos that age wellRealism is a genre of tattooing that sometimes comes under fire as being graphically insubstantial and prone to aging poorly. @philgarcia805 has enough of a background in traditional tattooing to appreciate the need for a strong foundation, which is demonstrated here in this adaptation of a @clarklittle photo. Phil carefully interprets his photo references in such a way that strengthens and clarifies the image to give it more clarity and longevity. In this example he has chosen a wave photo that has excellent contrast, giving the piece plenty of value range and allowing for a strong black foundation despite the no-outline approach. You can read more about how Phil optimized this image for skin in the Lines&Edges chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription, along with Phil’s guest writer chapter, Attention To Detail. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #realism #realismtattoo

Using reserve to clarify a complex tattoo

Posted on Wed, January 23, 2019 Using reserve to clarify a complex tattooIt's always fun when our clients approach us with compositional challenges. In some cases this may mean a laundry list of ideas which need to be narrowed down severely; in other cases, like the one shown here, it's just a matter of bringing the elements together in such a way that they can coexist peacefully in the same composition. My client here had asked for a cicada, a skull and some cool geometry. Given no space limits I opted for the largest composition that the leg allowed for, which gave me a sizable canvas in which to bring together these three seemingly unrelated elements. You can read in detail about my design strategy, including how I reserved certain colors and textures for certain shapes in order to retain clarity, in the Reserve chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.

Psychedelic floral tattoo

Posted on Sat, November 17, 2018 psychedelic floral tattooOften I’ll use a combination of line weights in a piece in order to make certain elements pop out the most. In other cases, though, the goal is for something softer and with more of a sense of realism, leaving the additional challenge of making shapes visually distinct from each other without varying line weight. In this psychedelic floral piece I did on Julia, we used relatively fine sculpted lines for certain shapes, including the ornamental plant stuff toward the bottom of the piece, but then the rest of this complex composition was handled using edges, not lines- but done so mindfully in order to keep the piece readable. You can read more about my use of edging techniques in this piece in the Lines&Edges chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #outlines #arttheory

Guy Aitchison & Jon Clue Colloboration

Posted on Thu, November 15, 2018
Guy Aitchison & Jon Clue TattooLately we are seeing more and more use of bold white lines in tattoos, and of course many ask: How will that hold up? White ink by itself is very subtle, only shows up clearly on some skin types, and can heal with uncertain results. But used the right way, this approach can create a really striking look, as with this bioluminescent jellyfish that @jonclue and I tattooed recently on Jordan. We wanted to make a creature that appeared soft and luminous but which still had enough strength not only to hold up with time but also to read clearly through a mat of leg hair. You can read in detail about our approach to this piece in the Lines&Edges chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo #education #tattooeducation #jellyfish #marine #abstract #psychedelic #coral #art 

Laser Coverup on Deano Cook

Posted on Thu, October 25, 2018

With free-form organic work, part of my goal is always to create a convincing depth effect. With black and grey or muted color schemes, such as this pearlescent gray palette use here, that challenge becomes more pronounced, since vibrant contrasting colors aren’t being used as a clear and obvious way to distinguish the different shapes from each other. When my longtime friend and colleague @deanocook asked me to take on this massive laser coverup project, he had a fairly distinct palette in mind, and I gladly embraced these limitations to see where I could run with them. You can read in detail about my color choices and other tricks used to convey dimension in this piece in the Depth chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #seashells #coral #depth #laser #coverup #biomech #abstractart #sleeve #tattoo #education #tattoo education


Depth Chapter of Reinventing The Tattoo updated

Posted on Tue, October 23, 2018

I love making layers in my tattoo designs, where you can get a sense of what’s in the foreground, middle ground and background, to the point where it almost seems like you could reach in and grab it. This effect is achieved by combining various graphic tricks meant to enhance depth, tricks that work in almost any style, not just biomech such as with this hand tattoo by @donmcdonaldtattoo and myself. You can read more about the tricks we used in this piece in the Depth chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #art #drawing #depth #tattoo #education #tattooeducation


Flow & Fit chapter of ReinventingTheTattoo.com updated

Posted on Fri, October 19, 2018

guy aitchison bio sleeve tattooYou all know how much I love textures, and in some cases I have to intentionally limit my use of them in order to keep a composition balanced. When my German client Uli asked me to start this epic piece inspired by the great tree painter Eyvind Earle, I saw it as an opportunity to create a flowing piece that transformed his leg, but knew that I had to be mindful to keep it from becoming a hard-to-read riot of textures. You can read about how I planned out this piece in the Flow&Fit chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.


Steve Butcher Reinventing the Tattoo Chapter: Tattooing Realistic Focus Effects

Posted on Thu, October 11, 2018 Steve ButcherNobody does focus effects like New Zealand realist Steve Butcher, who has been seizing the world's attention with his eye-popping portraits and wildlife tattoos, with his sports action portraits being some of his most stand-out work. We recently had a chance to interview Steve and get some insights into the thinking and technical processes that go into creating effective focal fields on skin. He shared everything from his stenciling to needle choices and use of color, providing realists with a chance to expand their language and incorporate focus, which can make a piece look like it came straight from a camera. Focal fields are a type of contrast, which makes it possible to selectively make certain elements stand out while others drop back. You can read more about Steve’s groundbreaking technique in the Contrast chapters of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription. #tattoo #focus #realism #portraits #tattooportrait #education #tattooeducation

Jon Clue Backpiece Tattoo Collaboration

Posted on Mon, August 27, 2018 Jon Clue Backpiece Colloboration TattooThe larger and more complex a design is, the more crucial it becomes that your pos/neg relationships make sense to the viewer’s eye. In this collaborative backpiece I did with New York artist Jon Clue, we planned on sticking with a mainly organic and textured approach, making readability even more important... so we made use of bold areas of black and a few strategic cast shadows to help keep it all together. You can read in detail about how we planned this one out in the Positive/Negative Relationships chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription!

Backpiece Tattoo Design

Posted on Sun, August 26, 2018 Backpiece Tattoo DesignLarge canvases such as backpieces can be great fun with all that space to design for, but this fact makes it even more crucial that you determine  Hey which design elements get your top visual priority. In this Heaven-themed back tattoo that I did with Brian Geckle, we wanted to combine an airy, luminous mandala with a row of fences and gates- both elements being geometric and symmetrical, giving us the challenge of keeping them visually separate. Part of this was accomplished simply by being selective with our use of black. You can read about this in more detail in the Priority chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.

Multilayered Hand Tattoos

Posted on Fri, August 24, 2018 Multilayered hand tattooWhen approaching smaller pieces, especially complex multilayered ones, I try to break the composition down into a few simple large light and dark areas that will read clearly from a distance, rather than looking like a jumble. With this big hand hook on Wes, we wanted to work in a few gears and things along with the hook- a recipe for potential chaos. So I began by anchoring the design with a big simple flowing diagonal shape, one with a decent surface area, and then plotted in the gear elements around that. You can about the design strategy for this piece in more detail in the Contrast chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.

Multi-layered tattoos

Posted on Wed, August 22, 2018 Reinventing the Tattoo - Multi-layered TattoosMany of the pieces I tattoo make use of multiple layers of elements, which could easily get crowded if not for some careful planning. I usually start by asking myself which elements are the highest priority- that is, what do I want the viewer to notice first?- and then designing so that those elements stand out. In this classic biker babe sleeve I made use of line weight, contrast, focus and color to make her face stand out. You can read all about my approach to this design in the Priority chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription!

High Value Contrast Backpiece Tattoo

Posted on Mon, August 20, 2018 Guy Aitchison and Chris Hall Backpiece TattooValue contrast is important in any tattoo, where your dark and light areas form a strong visual balance... but with black and grey work, we don’t have the benefit of color to help differentiate the shapes in the piece, so use of light and dark becomes more critical in the success of the tattoo. In this collaboration with Pennsylvania artist @chrishall, we wanted to make the honeycomb cluster really stand out, so we placed the darkest shading in the areas around that  cluster while limiting the use of black within it. You can read more about how we planned out this piece in the Contrast chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription!

Flow and Fit seminar added to Reinventing

Posted on Mon, July 30, 2018

Reinventing the Tattoo Subscription

We are excited to announce the addition of an important new seminar, Flow & Fit, to the Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum! Flow and fit are at the core of good tattoo design, and such a fundamental part of the discussion of good tattoo drawing that it's the first chapter in the book after the introduction... you'll find the new seminar posted at the end of Page 9. Featuring the work of @guyaitchisonart @meganjeanmorris @coryferguson @burningxhope @philgarcia805 @zhencangtattoo @tymcewen @juan_salgado @russabbott @natebeavers @adamfrance and @shainesmithtattoo, the workshop shows you how to apply strong flowing design strategies to any style of tattooing. Available now in your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription!

Flow and Fit Seminar

Click HERE for more information!


New Videos Added - Reinventing The Tattoo: TECHNIQUE

Posted on Wed, August 16, 2017

                                       

Reinventing The Tattoo: Technique                                                                                                

One of Guy Aitchison's hardest-hitting video tutorials is simply
titled Technique. It’s a four disk set that shows you closeup footage
of the machine in action as Guy works through five different projects,
presented in a concentrated format. The first two disks are a special
edition cut of his Guy’s Bag Of Tricks webinar, showing a project from
start to finish as he answers a variety of questions from the audience
about design preparation, palette and the equipment and methods he's
using. The other two disks, Tightening 1 and 2, go into detail about
finishing techniques, spotlighting four projects up close, describing
every move in detail as Guy shows the line building, detailing,
smoothing and other development on a variety of effects including
floral, organic, mechanical, metallic and carved wood, with each piece
showed healed so you can see the kind of results that you can
realistically expect from working with these methods.                                                      

Located in:                                                                                                                                                  

Section 7.1                                                                                                                  

Page 354


New Videos Added!!

Posted on Mon, February 06, 2017

 

Photo Retouching Tutorial Now Added To Reinventing The Tattoo
Reinventing The Tattoo just became even more useful. Ever wondered how you can turn those pretty-decent snapshots of your finished work into a professional-looking portfolio, or how to prepare them for a magazine feature? Guy has just added his Wacom Weekend seminar: Photo Retouching and Portfolio Work to the Photoshop chapters of Reinventing. This class is about an hour long and goes into detail about how you can improve your photos without improving the tattoo. Drop by ReinventingTheTattoo.com to read more about Guy Aitchison's comprehensive educational package for professional tattoo artists.
Located in: 
Section 5.2
Page 224 

 

Digital Tattoo Design Rendering Now Added To Reinventing The Tattoo
Reinventing The Tattoo has just had three hour-long Photoshop seminars added! Have you ever wondered how to use Photoshop to get those seamless professional design results that you see people posting? Guy has just added his Wacom Weekend seminar: Digital Tattoo Design Rendering to the Photoshop chapters of Reinventing. This class is about an hour long and goes into detail about how you can use Photoshop to get high-end results with your designs. Drop by ReinventingTheTattoo.com to read more about Guy Aitchison's comprehensive educational package for professional tattoo artists.
Located in:
Section 5.3
Page 235

 

Photoshop Compositing Tutorial Now Added To Reinventing The Tattoo
Reinventing The Tattoo has been expanded again. Are you curious about how to use Photoshop to smoothly bring together images from several sources, including online material and your own drawings? Guy has just added his Wacom Weekend seminar: Essential Design Compositing to the Photoshop chapters of Reinventing. This class is about an hour long and goes into detail about how you can bring Photoshop into your design workflow. Drop by ReinventingTheTattoo.com to read more about Guy Aitchison's comprehensive educational package for professional tattoo artists.
Located in:  
Section 5.6
Page 250


Biweekly Newsletter. 9/26/2016

Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016 September 26, 2016
Greetings from Reinventing The Tattoo!
 
Every other Monday I'm giving you a quick report of something that happened here at the studio in the past week. Recently we had a visit from Chris Hall, who tattoos in Pennsylvania and does some very fun abstract organic tattoo work. Recently Chris, while collaborating with a number of other artists for the upcoming Biomech Encyclopedia project, introduced the idea of using malleable materials such as plaster or crumpled paper as inspiration for organic abstract tattoo drawings. This past week was the second visit in an ongoing sleeve project that Chris and I have been collaborating on, giving us a chance to extend and refine the parts that we had established in the first visit a few months back.The design was composited together in Photoshop from a number of pictures that we shot of spikes and hooks that we had crumpled out of plain paper. We had to be mindful to photograph each part of the design with the lighting hitting from the right direction, so that when pieced together in Photoshop it would all make sense. The finished reference was then printed at full size based on a tracing of the client's arm, then hand-traced in two stages: first, Chris traced it onto the thin cover sheets for stencil paper (the white sheet, not the yellow one) using pencil but with no stencil paper in the mix. I then taped it down over stencil paper and traced it a second time. This gave both of us a chance to have our hand in the stencil, giving it a good balance of realism and style.
This particular client has a limited pain tolerance, so rather than the normal double day power session with both artists jamming, it was one day, moderate in length, one tattoo machine at a time. It'll take one more session to dial it in, but I'm happy with our progress. Then the next day I had a few hours to skim over the hand piece that I had recently done on Chris. It had healed and settled just fine, but since the opportunity was there, I took it. Like the crumpled paper piece, this tattoo has no outline, while still using strong areas of black. The no outline approach can always benefit from a second pass, especially when it comes to giving the piece a really readable structure. 
Meanwhile, back at the desk, I've just talked to my old friend Deano Cook about doing a chapter for Reinventing The Tattoo, possibly along with a video tutorial. Deano was one of the pioneers in color realism back in the early 2000s and continues to push the envelope with his distinctive marine realism, often based on photos that he shot himself on diving expeditions. Deano has always impressed me with his dedication in his craft, and I look forward to seeing what he and I can come up with to add to the Reinventing curriculum! In addition, I just got off the phone with Nate Beavers, whom many of you know from the current season of Inkmasters. Nate is a maestro of texture and surface detail, and he plans to write a chapter about his toolkit, along with another possible video tutorial. Both of these chapters will be cutting edge information from some of my personal favorites. And there will be plenty more guest chapters in the future from additional artists of this high caliber. 
 
Thanks, and I'll be in touch soon!
 
Guy Aitchison

New chapter added by guest writer Halo

Posted on Mon, February 01, 2016

We now have a fifth guest chapter added, this one by guest writer Halo whom you may remember from last year's Inkmasters. His excellent chapter is an introduction to Photoshop: Taking The Digital Plunge. His writing style is easy and personable ion a way that makes his encyclopedic knowledge easier to digest. I've been using Photoshop for almost 20 years and learned several new things from this chapter. Even if you don't think of yourself as a digital kind of person, it's worth taking a quick look just to see what all the fuss is about. The chapter is really intemded for people who have yet to take the plunge, but it's a good read even for experienced Photoshop users. You can find it in the Reinventing The Tattoo electronic edition in Chepter 5.21.

We also got a great addition to Chapter 6.21, Working With Large Stencils, written by Don McDonald. It was already an excellent chapter but this is sort of a cherry on top, showing the making of a backpiece stencil You can find the new material at the end of the chapter.

More new material is on the way, including a chapter by Phil Garcia (Yeah!) and a 2-hour video on coverups, which I'm editing right now.


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