ferrumaeternum: (stewed screwed and tattooed)
Number of hours for this session: 2.5
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 51

More gray shading was added and the peacock’s tail was finished! A lot of art nouveau style peacocks’ tails stop a bit short with the eye feathers, so the addition of the t-feathers on the end actually makes it anatomically correct, though I expect a lot of people who see this photo are going to think it looks weird. At least I won’t have to worry about many people seeing it in person other than my tattoo artist and myself. :p I’m really digging the vertical lines he added that contrast with all the horizontal and diagonal ones and help camouflage my buttcrack. It’s hard to see exactly how big the end of the tail is, but it took a good two hours to do and swelled up to the size of an orange for a few days. It was strange that it did that because that area didn’t hurt much at all. I actually ended up spending six hours at the shop that evening because most of the work was drawn on freehand with a watercolor pencil, but I had a great time.

While I was there, Lane got me into the German funeral doom metal band Ahab, which I really liked because when I was in high school I had to play a piece of music that was 10 movements long and also inspired by Moby Dick. I had no idea their guitarists were in Midnattsol, either! After talking about doom metal, I saw that he had Agalloch on his iPod, but he said he never got around to listening to them, so I had him listen to Ashes Against the Grain in its entirety and he loved it! :D He doesn’t have The Mantle, and I’ll try to burn it for him before my next appointment, but my DVD/CD drive on my laptop is starting to go. :/ I also found out he likes Månegarm (or “this band that sounds like they’re playing in a fucking beer hall,” as he put it) but doesn’t have any of their music, so I’ll definitely be bringing that too if I can. We need all the folk metal fans we can get around here ‘cause there are hardly any! Anyway, getting back to the tattoo…

The gray shading on my left hip below the cherry blossom still has to be done, and Lane had also talked about extending the shading around the lantern and brightening up parts of the peacock’s tail feathers. There’s going to be some gray spots in that part of the background to help tie it in with the upper part of the piece.

On Thursday I’ll be going in for possibly my last session on my backpiece, but things usually take longer than Lane anticipates, so we’ll just have to see if he finishes then or not! At any rate, it’s almost finished, and after four years a few months, I’m pretty excited for it to be complete.

Two NSFW photos: the full piece and a detail shot )
ferrumaeternum: (design your universe)
Number of hours for this session: 2
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 48.5

This is the work I got done in late May. Lane darkened and added onto some of the gray areas to add more contrast. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out because it reminds me of watercolor. He also finally added the glow around the lantern, which he will be expanding a bit more when I go back in August. The best part about this session was I got to watch the Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry documentary and Lane only charged me $100 for the five hours I was there. We spent a few hours talking about art and paranormal stuff, and he vented about their apprentice who recently quit before he could get fired. He also mentioned that he’d talk to Scott about letting me come in and draw, but I never heard back about that. I’m not surprised, since they’re currently hosting a guest artist from San Diego, and the last thing they probably need is another person hanging around the shop. At least it’s good to know that he thinks that well of me, so once I graduate, I just might have a shot at getting an apprenticeship there.

One photo, NSFW )

I can’t wait ‘til the work Lane did yesterday heals so I can take a pic! He got so much work done, and he thinks I only have one more session before it’s finished! :D
ferrumaeternum: (cherry blossoms)
Number of hours for this session: 2.5
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 46.5

This was done over a month ago, but I haven’t had time to get a picture taken until this weekend. Since it’s been so long, the good news it that you can see it completely healed. Lane used a normal-sized shading needle this time, so the pain was a lot more manageable. I also think getting the upper back tattooed hurts a lot less in general than the lower back. Even though all the vibrations over the bones are annoying, there are less nerve endings, so it’s not quite as sensitive. I watched the movie Heaven while I was at the studio, which I thought was really good and helped distract me. There was a little bit of gray shading near the lantern that didn’t quite get finished, so that’ll be added next time. Lane will also be brightening up some of the old cherry blossoms on the branch to create a sense of depth, putting some yellow shading around the glowing lantern, and finishing the gray shading on my butt. I’m definitely looking forward to going back in a couple of weeks!

One photo, NSFW as usual )
ferrumaeternum: (stewed screwed and tattooed)
Number of hours for this session: 2.5
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 44

Lane had this new needle that basically was a bunch of small needles aligned in a row that was at least ¾’’ wide. It hardly even fit in the cups of ink! Since the needle was so large, he was able to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. All that’s really left to do is to continue the shading up through my shoulders and down onto my butt. I’m really digging the gray shading, though, since it makes the color pop and gives a sense of depth to the piece. Even the work I had done three years ago looks vibrant next to the work I had done a few months ago!

+ 1 NSFW photo )

This was done a month ago, and it’s still not fully healed. (Ignore the lines across my back. It's just my sensitive skin reacting to the folds of my shirt as I leaned back against it in a chair.) The area on my left hip still looks a bit funky, and a couple horizontal lines still are a bit raw. Hell, part of that area was still peeling off in the shower a few days ago. I’m usually finished with the healing process after five days, but there was some serious body trauma that occurred this time. The gray should eventually look like the older bit on my right hip. It just needs more time to calm down a bit. You should’ve seen it when it was fresh, though. Even the subtle gray areas were all black and bloody. This was also the first time I’ve ever cried while getting tattooed, but I still feel like a badass for getting some of the most sensitive areas (spine, ribs, hips, pinched nerve in my shoulder) done at the same time. I was definitely past the point where I had any conscious control over my body. During last half hour, I vaguely remember shaking until Lane told me that he thought I was done for the day. It’s also really difficult getting tattooed while straddling a rolling chair and having to keep yourself from moving forward while getting tattooed. I’m pretty stoked about how much progress was made, though. If things continue this way, there should only be a few sessions left before my backpiece is done.

Also, feel free to check out an uncensored version here that Lane took the previous time at the shop. It’s under the In-Progress category.
ferrumaeternum: (neytiri)
Number of hours for this session: 1.5
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 41.5

Well, it turns out Lane revived the evil, mega-painful tattoo machine just in time for me. I was the guinea pig the first time around as well as the second, which is a bad idea because I’m too proud to admit to him how much it hurts. Maybe I’ll get lucky and it will be out of commission again next time after more of his clients complain. (I’m sure they will because it hurts like a bitch.) The worst part is that the areas he tattoos with this machine heal amazingly bright and beautiful, so as much as I hate it at the time, the results definitely make up for it.

So, Lane finally added the rest of the cherry blossoms, petals, and the peacock’s other foot. Just the gray background shading is left, so I’m confident my backpiece will be finished sometime this year. (He wanted to know if I felt like adding onto the shading then, but after he used that machine, I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it.) I had almost blacked out that day before he even started tattooing me, so I wasn’t in the greatest shape anyway.

Lane likes to freehand draw most of the work onto my body before he starts tattooing, which requires me to stand still in one spot for a while. With the sun coming in through the entire storefront, it can get really warm in there. That combined with the lack of sleep, my vision started to fizzle to nothing but blackness, and all sound seemed to be far away and down a tunnel. I knew I was in trouble, so I sat down until it passed. I don’t like admitting that I’m prone to fainting, but I’m going to swallow my pride next time and admit I need to take a break if I’m not feeling well. I still think it’s funny that I almost keeled over from nothing when I’ve sat through sessions up to five hours long and haven’t even cried or told him to stop in the middle of tattooing.

My next appointment is on Friday, so hopefully I’ll have another big chunk of the background finished next time!

One photo, censored as usual )
ferrumaeternum: (stewed screwed and tattooed)
Number of hours for this session: 2
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 40

Although I got this done at the beginning of the month, it took a couple weeks for the gray shading to calm down and I haven’t had the time to get a picture of it until now. The good news is that the grass is done! Lane also started on the sky/atmospheric background, which will be subtler as it moves upward. The blank spot near the peacock’s belly is where the foot is going, but Lane keeps being indecisive about the design, so who knows when that’ll finally be added. There will also be another cherry blossom on my upper left shoulder as well as some individual falling petals. It will definitely be interesting to see what Lane decides to work on tomorrow!

I was glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one who thought the pain was nearly unbearable from Lane’s new tattoo machine. He got so many complaints that he took it apart and is trying to reassemble it so it’s not as bad. Even he was concerned with how much blood and lymph were leaking out because I hardly bleed when I get tattooed. Since that one was out of order at the time, he used the least painful machine for this session, and it was such a relief that I took a light nap for about an hour. Then he started tattooing over a freshly shaded area and I was quite awake the rest of the time. I still had a really good day at the shop, since Scott and I talked about metal most of the time. It was nice to joke about black metal and make fun of Varg Vikernes’s rants with someone besides my sister for once. He also linked me to a local metal forum, and it pretty much confirmed that Milwaukee’s “metal scene” is non-existent outside of concerts and the majority of the people there don’t share my tastes.

Before you look at the pictures, I should probably mention that I’m testing out my new camera. The first picture was taken with the new 12 megapixel Olympus and the second was taken with my five-year-old 6 megapixel Canon PowerShot. Maybe I don’t have something set right on it, but the new one (which cost about the same as my old one) captures a lot less detail and the flash is really overpowering. I figured that a camera with twice as many megapixels would produce a much clearer image, but maybe Olympus is just crap compared to Canon. Both were set on auto flash, since they were taken indoors at night. I also used the new camera for the post with the two artist’s books and I think those photos turned out fine. However, that was in natural daylight with the flash off. It’s not really a big deal either way because it was a gift, but I have to say I’m kind of disappointed with it so far. Anyway, now that I’ve warned you, onto the good stuff!

Two censored photos )
ferrumaeternum: (ghoulina - sylvia ji)
Number of hours for this session: 2
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 38

For those of you who have already seen this on Facebook, too bad, I’m posting it again! ;)

I got the cherry blossoms filled in a couple weeks ago and Lane started on the grass. The areas outlined in the thin gray line still need to be shaded, and the grass will come down so the peacock will be overlapping it. We watched a documentary on the MC5 while I was there, which helped take my mind off the pain. The best part is when this guy just starts going on a tirade about Iggy Pop, despite the fact the MC5 broke up in the early ‘70s and Iggy’s still going. Lane was using a new machine for the blossoms, and the pain was enough to cause shaking and nausea. He agreed to use the least painful machine for the grass, but the funny thing is that part took much longer to heal than the rest. While I was there, I also got to see the tattoo Lane got while he was in Japan from the great master Horiyoshi III (it’s a geisha head with Japanese maple leaves on his upper bicep). Unfortunately, Lane has to get the rest of the shading done by his apprentice because now that he’s older, his shading isn’t so good anymore. It’s interesting how as some artists age, their art continuously gets better, while some get worse. I really hope I don’t end up the latter of the two! Toward the end of the sitting, a guy I knew from high school came in early for his appointment. He was part of a group of metalcore scenesters who liked to call me a poseur because I didn’t listen to their shitty bands and harassed me on a daily basis, which included throwing food at me. He is now coincidentally playing in a total crap Chrsitian straight-edge metalcore band himself. Yeah, real brutal. Who’s the poseur now?

Alright, enough about my pathetic former classmates…

One photo with the infamous censor bar )

I promise the next photo I post on here won’t be of my backside. ;) Major update coming soon!
ferrumaeternum: (party time!  excellent!)
Number of hours for this session: 3
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 36

A few weeks ago I went in to get the background started. The whole thing is going to be done in black and gray. At first I wasn’t so sure about it, but now that I look at it more, Lane’s right: it makes the existing color pop. It’s also what is used in the traditional Japanese work, so I’m glad I trusted his idea over my own. For some reason, I thought it was going to be in color, which really would’ve been too light and spring-like for me. We also agreed on how much of the second foot will be showing, so hopefully he’ll get around to adding that on Friday. There will also be another cherry blossom in the blank space on my upper left shoulder and a couple petals to fill in a few of the areas of negative space that are left. Those will be in color, as Lane is just adding on to previous work. The ground isn’t finished yet, and brushstroke-style grass will be added. The sky is going to be a light horizontal gray wash.

One censored photo )
ferrumaeternum: (stewed screwed and tattooed)
Number of hours for this session: 2
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 33

I got the last bit of the peacock’s tail finished a little over a month ago. Unfortunately, I’ve been behind on everything this summer, LiveJournal updates included. At least I’m finally starting to get my hours cut back at work now that the minimum wage jumped from $6.50 to $7.25 an hour. One of these days I promise I’ll write about something other than concerts and body modification. ;)

Lane had the other foot drawn up and it looked amazing with the extra detail and perspective he added. The only problem was that I pointed out that his left foot was already showing, so it wouldn’t make sense anatomically to have it act as his right. In the end, we agreed that it could work really well in adding more tension to the already contorted position. However, we decided not to do it until Lane plays around with it more in PhotoShop and we both agree on how much should be showing and where it will be positioned. If we both decide that it looks the most aesthetically pleasing in the original position, I can always be pretentious and just say the peacock was also inspired by mannerism.

Thankfully, both of us had the same idea for the background: the additional cherry blossoms will be getting larger as they near the peacock, which will make the perspective more believable. The background will be a soft suggestion of a landscape, like a watercolor painting, with atmospheric perspective in the distance. He’s actually using my sister’s Chinese fan that was hand painted in ink and watercolor for inspiration, and I couldn’t be happier. Next time I go in, I’ll take a photo of the pencil drawing he laid out for the background because it’s really going to complement the existing work. Right now, the plan is to have the peacock standing/gripping a rock and the ground will softly fade into foliage with the sky near the top.

I also figured out why there has hardly been any pain these last few sessions: Lane got a new tattoo machine! It vibrates and punches a bit more than the old one, but getting tattooed now just feels annoying instead of excruciating. I was actually able to have a conversation with him and talked him into putting on some Wintersun and Amon Amarth after the David Bowie marathon. All in all, a great time, and I’m actually looking forward to going back now that the pain isn’t so intense. Lane is going to Japan for a month, so I will not be seeing him until October, and those of you who are getting sick of these updates won’t have to see them for a while.

Two censored photos )
ferrumaeternum: (zodiac)
Number of hours for this session: 3
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 31

Other than the small parts that go over my tailbone and spine, this session was hardly painful at all. I watched The Secretary and Scott’s client and I talked about Metalocalypse and did Murderface and Dr. Rockso impressions for the rest of the time I was there. I wonder if getting tattooed while sitting up is actually less painful than while lying down because of how pressure is distributed or if it’s just a mental thing with being in a tense/dominant or relaxed/submissive position. (The latter being the one I dislike, and have coincidentally experienced more pain in.) I can’t really complain, since the hip area was nearly intolerable last time and I couldn’t even feel it most of it this time around.

Two photos with more censored buttcrack )

It’s only been two weeks, so it’s not fully healed and the color is still extra vibrant. Yellow ink fades the most, so the foot should look much more subdued after a while. The same goes for the feathers near the top and on my hip that Lane just colored.

I have another appointment this afternoon, and after that, the peacock should finally be finished! Apparently, he’s also getting another foot. Lane said he’d have the rest of the cherry blossoms drawn up, so hopefully I’ll have a better idea of what the finished composition will look like. We both agreed that they will get larger as they near the bottom to make the perspective more believable.



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