It's been a little over 2 years now since I've acquired any new tattoos, but I still love the ones I have and get asked about them often, finally had the means and time to do a small shoot featuring my pieces and talk about them a little.
Wearing Dead cropped basketball jersey from Drop Dead Clothing
I got my first tattoo on the day of my 18th birthday, on my shoulder. It started out as just the diamond /banner with inkblots on top and drips at the bottom, shortly after I got this tattoo I started working at this shop and eventually became shop manager for a bit and acquired a lot more ink during my time there before moving to Southern California. I wanted something to do with a diamond because of the song from Incubus and "even diamonds start as coal"
We eventually added some roses, spider webs etc to this piece.
Done by John E Day at Syndicate Tattoo in Auburn CA
Second piece I got was my left side/hip, a screaming hand grenade, original art from Jim Philips for Santa Cruz skateboards etc.
Done by Brady Alberts at Syndicate Tattoo in Auburn CA
Third was my other hip, a piece originally drawn by Derek Hess for In Flames' album/cover "Come Clarity" one of my favorite bands, the image if of a figure/man holding his ripped out heart in front of him.
also done by John E Day at Syndicate Tattoo.
7 tally marks on the inside of my finger for Sevendust.
done in oceanside.
And my most recent piece was the large portrait on the back of my left leg, a really beautiful piece I found online drawn by a graphic designer, used the piece as inspo.
Done by Jesse Fuller at Syndicate tattoo in Auburn CA
The script on the back of my legs say "Breathe Life" and "My Curse" two songs from another favorite band of mine: Killswitch Engage
Done out of haste in Orange county, lol.
And a small bat on the back of my ankle because BATS!
done in Oceanside.