Nothing But Time
Sunday, 01 December 2013
I perform a lot of cover up tattoos. They are a good proportion of my business and I always tell my clients who want an old tat camouflaged not to be embarrassed by it-- it's just a marker of where you were in your life when you got it. Now you want something that reflects where you are at this moment in time. So, there is no judgement. Micah came in to see me about a couple of tattoos that he had-- some names that he wanted covered. He was influenced by a particular tattoo layout that he saw online but he wanted to change the concept to "Nothing But Time" to help him remember to think about things before jumping in to them. I told him about the Cover up/Camouflage Formula that I use (see the FAQ page on this website for more info) and that adding some organic material into the tat would make it more successful. He left that up to me; after pondering for a bit, I realized that it would be a cool play on words to use the herb Thyme for the coverup part. I liked the shape of the leaves; they would cover and mimic the old tattoo nicely. So I went from there. Click on the Read more link to see the drawing I came up with, before and outline photos.
Faith and Family Back Piece
Friday, 01 November 2013
Sara had an existing tattoo on her lower back that celebrated her faith and she wanted it touched up. But she also wanted to create a complete back piece that celebrated her husband and children and commemorated her father, who had recently died. She brought in a basic pencil sketch that gave me an idea of what she was thinking about; it was a combination of a cross and a tree, symbolizing life and nature, with a favorite quote her dad used to say. I created a drawing that was fairly comprehensive and we went from there. Click on the Read more link to see the drawing and the outline photo.
Hawaiian Style Cover Up
Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Timshel came to me with an old tattoo that she wanted covered up. She was very articulate, had done her research and knew exactly what she wanted, bringing in several images of Hawaiian flowers and tribal style designs. She also wanted to have her parents represented, so she brought their signatures in for me to use. She gave me artistic license to create something along the lines of what she was thinking of, and all I needed to do was make sure we used the Cover Up/ Camouflage formula. (The formula stipulates that the new image be: bigger, darker, use more line work, colors of dark value and the position of both new and old tats to move and fool the eye.) Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, the before picture and the result of our first two sessions--outline and gray shading.
After apprenticing and working in a couple of different tattoo shops for several years, I opened my own tattoo shop, Floating Lotus Tattoo Studio, in 2010. Thanks to: my family, friends and amazing clients for all of your support.
I couldn't have done it without you.
The space is small but cozy, completely private and located in inner SE Portland, near OMSI, in the red and gray ActivSpace SE building.
The address is:
833 SE Main #104
Portland OR 97214
HOURS: Tuesday--Saturday, by appointment
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