May 3, 2013
Greetings from Tattoo Education!
"How do I improve my tattooing?" It's a broad question that I've heard more times than I can count. It's a question with countless answers, because art skills consist of an intersection of so many different things. But the most common answer I'll give to this question is: Work in other mediums outside tattooing. Try charcoal, pastels, paint. Explore other parts of what you can do as an artist, then bring these lessons back into your tattooing. You'll be surprised at how far a second medium can push your tattoo skills.
You'll find many examples of second mediums in the catalog at Tattoo Education, including a number of instructional books and DVDs about oil painting, colored pencils and working in digital media. We're particularly excited about the newest addition to our catalog, Ian McKown's Light And Shadow. Ian is a tattooist who specializes in black and gray, and is highly fluent in a number of other media which he demonstrates in this book in a clear step-by-step style. One of his strengths is in how he breaks the dark and light structure of an image down to its essentials, making for art pieces that are both bold and subtle in a way that would translate very nicely onto skin.
Light And Shadow is a great place to start for anyone wanting to explore a second medium, or for artists looking to give their work more strength, clarity and realism. 120 pages, color, softcover. Available now at our online store!
I also wanted to mention the upcoming Worldwide Tattoo Conference, coming June 4-5 in Boston, Mass. This will be the second WWTC I've attended- the last one, in the suburbs of Chicago, proved to be a concentrated, high-powered educational event. I'll be teaching a class on tightening up your tattoo technique; there will also be classes taught by Jeff Gogue, Nikko Hurtado, Alex De Pase, Nick Baxter and Bob Tyrrell. Tickets for this incredible event are available now.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
May 3, 2013