Sometimes I just like to paint pictures of rotting wood. The patterns of growth and deterioration that we find surrounding us in the forest are an endless source of inspiration for me, which is continually making its way into my art on both skin and canvas. I completed this piece, Growth & Decay, over the coldest weeks of the winter and am now offering it as a gallery quality reproduction. The print is 12x15", signed on archival canvas, and is available stretched & framed for $150 or unframed for $50. It's a perfect workstation piece of art which will give your clients endless textures to get lost in while getting tattooed. It's available now at hyperspacestudios.com/prints.
Part of doing successful coverups is simply accepting what's there already and working creatively with that existing pigment- especially dark, stubborn linework. Simply blasting over with a new tattoo, even with a few passes, will usually look obviously like a coverup because of the old linework peeking through. In this recent coverup on Gareth I had plenty of open space to work with, but the linework on the old piece was dark and thick. I've just added a short video detailing this design process to page 8.2.2 of the Coverup section in your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.