Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Saturday, July 28, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Life After Death - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Life After Death
Since completing the Macabre Jackalope for Darrin, he decided one wasn't enough and wanted to start a complete sleeve with the theme of life and death. He found a fox online that he quite liked and we modified it to make it his own. This included not only removing some parts of the original image but equally, adding a growing evergreen sapling from the inside of the fox itself. The end results was this very sweet, yet sad image now permanently tattooed onto Darrin's upper arm. Adding to the excitement of today's session was the fact that the stencil I used didn't stick to Darrin for more than five minutes! The adventures of tattooing continues...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium Signs Created By Michael Dinley of Dinley's Signs

Sign Created By Dinley's Signs

If you are looking for a quality sign to accentuate your existing business look no further than Dinley's Signs. Michael is based n Barnardsville, North Carolina. He also sells his signs via eBay and Facebook. He provides the kind of quality of service that is hard to come by today. Friendly, professional and courteous, working with Mike to get my signs just right was a great experience.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Review Of Tattoo Safety First: The Practical Guide To Bloodborne Pathogens For The Tattoo Industry

Available From WorldWide Tattoo Supply.ca
Given the lack of standardization in the tattoo industry across most countries, let alone the world, it can be daunting to start off in a profession that involves Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Prevention and Control. Surprisingly Quebec has no regulations regarding the tattoo industry and thus, many shops and individual tattoo artists alike must set themselves apart from the rest by going further afield to train in the aforementioned program(s). Progressive Mentorship, an Ontario based company provides a variety of courses on health and safety and travel across eastern Canada providing the aforementioned course to tattoo artists for the low cost of $160.00. It is worthwhile to take such a course if you have access to it and I will be completing it myself shortly. However, if you find yourself unable to attend such a course and or do not have the means to travel to said course in the interim, there are a variety of videos available online and for purchase that also addresses this topic. Tattoo Safety First: The Practical Guide To Bloodborne Pathogens For The Tattoo Industry is one such video that I can happily highly recommend.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Review Of Matt Bennett's Learn to Tattoo - Basics - Instructional DVD

Available Via eBay.com!
Its been two years since I began learning how to tattoo and during said time I have come across a variety of teaching techniques. The latter isn't surprising given that the lack of regulation in the industry. Being fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to find an apprenticeship, the bulk of my one to one education has been with my mentor Todd Beck. Still, like any tattooist looking to expand their knowledge base I often find myself on Youtube. There is a lot of good and a lot of bad out there when it comes to tattoo instruction. I am pleased to say that Matt Bennett's Basic Tattoo DVD is one of the better instructional videos out there.

I purchased Matt Bennett's DVD from eBay (see link above) for 3.27 USD. Compared to some online tattoo shops selling the DVD for 25 USD, it's literally a steal. Though, honestly, even if you did pay the full price, I would say that it would be worth it. Matt does an excellent job in going over the basics of lining, shading and colouring in a tattoo. At just under an hour long, his instructions are clear, concise and professional. The DVD was made on a budget and whilst it looks like it was created in the 1990's, the fact remains that the information is sound. I can't help but feel that if you replaced Matt with Kat Von D instead of Matt (and nothing else) the majority of people would be raving about this little gem regardless of the production quality. But then, that is the nature of people in general. All in all, whilst I was relieved to see that I knew everything being discussed in the DVD, I do wish I had gotten my hands on it when I first started two years ago. Its a great piece of kit to have in the shop, especially if you are planning on taking on an apprentice. Otherwise, if your new to tattooing and cannot find an apprenticeship, this does an admirable job in providing you with the basics.

Monday, July 16, 2018

A Review Of Monster Steel Tattoo Art Flash Designs

Available Via eBay.com!
If you ever wondered what happened to 90's tattoos look no further than this cd of tattoo designs from Monster Steel Tattoo. In addition to the latter, if you are into monster sex imagery (seriously, what the fuck?) and general shitty ideas and designs, you found the right product. For good measure, the folks who put this together not only stole 99% of the images but actually just took pictures of several clients and their new tattoos that they had posted on social media. Clearly a grab and sale and not worth the 3.27 USD that I paid for this CD of tattoo designs. The few items that are interesting can actually be found online. There are better designs, ideas and images available under a compost bin (yes, you read that right). For the 1% of images that are actually worth a second look, my condolences go out to the original artist(s) who had their work stolen and gathered in this compilation of shit. If nothing else, if you are an actual artist who draws, this will make you feel a million times better about your own work. Perhaps that alone might make it worth the price! 😏

Parenting German Shepherds With Children... Or Something Like That!

This Picture Sums Up Life With Our German Shepherds
Life with German Shepherds has taught us as much about ourselves as it has about the nature of this wonderful breed. Having Leo (eight years old) and Rosie (five months old) has been a deeply rewarding and wonderful experience for the entire family. So much so that we couldn't possibly imagine life without them. Whilst there will always be the ignorant out there who see the breed and judge negatively, the truth is, I have met Chihuahuas with more behavioural problems than any medium or large breed dog. That is not to say that our dogs are above reproach, they have their quirks and issues. However, I am a firm believer that their are breeds of dogs best suited for family personality types. GSD's happen to be the perfect fit for us as a family. At least, Leo and Rosie are!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Life After Cobra - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

38 Year Old Friendships Are Hard To Come By!
Feeling reminiscent, my childhood buddy decided to celebrate his 40th year by getting not one but two tattoos today. These were his very first tattoos (ever) and frankly, I think even he was surprised by his need for both of them today. These two tattoos are the beginning of a sleeve that will combine a variety of his passions including, you might have guessed, fishing and GI-JOE. It's just one of many adventures that we have had the chance to share together in a friendship that has spanned no less than 38 years!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DesTinaTion: Roy Jucep - The Birthplace of Poutine (So They Say...)

Roy Jucep - Drummondville
(Can You Spot Bella?)
Poutine. Quebecers can't get enough of it. Western Canadians think its some kind of dirty word. Either way, Charles Lambert, owner of Roy Jucep, claims his restaurant to be the birth place of the ever loving artery clogging yet delicious Quebec delicacy (?!?). Since the 1960's poutine has been growing in popularity. Partly because of its novelty, partly because it taste good (most of the time) but mostly because I think it represents the laziest dish humanity has ever thought of since, well, a bowl of white rice and soya sauce. Regardless, the dish has driven grown grown men to travel throughout Eastern Canada in search of that perfect poutine. Cue Beakster...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Macabre Jackalope - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Macabre Jackalope By Mario RJ Corbin
The day finally came to tattoo my first client as an apprentice and I have to confess I was nervous. It's been two years since I began this journey and I knew that this day would inevitably come. I did not know, however, that my client would be with one of my former students. When Darrin and I sat down at my studio here in Lennoxville, he asked for a macabre Jackalope. Intrigued, I came up with a sketch that captured the idea he had hoped for. However, adding to the challenge Darrin also asked that it be in colour.