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.

Macabre Jackalope Coloured In
The thought of colouring in a tattoo intensified my nervousness as admittedly, I haven't done one before on a person. I had recently purchased a set of fifty 1oz Eternal Ink colours so I had no excuse to refuse. Other tattooists went out of their way to remind me how tattooing synthetic skin in colour would be different to human skin - which seemed obvious to me. However, in truth, I did not find it too dissimilar in the end. Fortunately, Todd Beck, master tattoo artist and mentor, was present this morning before Darrin arrived. He looked over my preparation and work station and gave me the thumbs up. He even had a go on a Cheyenne Hawk Pen, his first time. I have a sneaking suspicion he prefers his coil machines. Darrin was happy (and probably a little bit relieved) to see Todd there. The end result was just over 6 hours long. I know, too long, but frankly, I took my time and yes, ensured that Darrin was comfortable throughout the entirety of the experience. Colouring the jackalope in was the most time consuming, particularly the red blood pool at the bottom of the jackalope. I used a 7RL and a 7RS to complete this project. 

Macabre Jackalope Draft
Perhaps I tried to be too artistic in the end as I attempted to use four different shades of grey, four different shades of black and two different kinds of red, one pink and one caramel colour. Darrin was a real star and maintained an awesome sense of humor and patience. This was his first tattoo and a rather big one at that. He sat there like a champ and fret not, we did take a few breaks. What I learned from today's experience is that tattooing is as much about being zen as it is trying to be a perfectionist. The two do not necessarily always go hand in hand and whilst I recognize that there is always room for improvement, this experience boosted my confidence in many ways. Darrin was a pleasure to work with as always and pushed me to think outside the box. Being a Disney guy myself, I'll never look at a Jackalope in quite the same way again.

Special Thank You To Todd Beck For Being My Mentor & For Being in Attendance Today! Also, Thank You Darrin For Placing Your Trust In Me!

Complimentary Aftercare Package Provided With Every New Tattoo!
À la fin de votre nouveau tatouage, vous recevrez un mini paquet de soin offert par Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium. Cela comprend un morceau de pansement film UltraDerm (similaire à Saniderm), un sachet gratuit de Hustle Butter (0,25 oz) et un pain de savon Art En Bulle (savon Pur ou savon 100% Olive) pour les peaux sensibles. Nous proposons également des tubes de Bepanthen et / ou Hustle Butter (1 oz ou 5 oz) à des prix compétitifs. Si vous êtes intéressé par un tatouage ou souhaitez même rafraîchir un ancien tatouage, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter dès aujourd'hui!

Upon completion of your new tattoo, you will receive a mini care package courtesy of Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium. This includes a measured to fit piece of UltraDerm Film Bandage (similar to Saniderm), one complimentary sachet of Hustle Butter (.25oz) and one bar of Art En Bulle soap (either Pur soap or 100% Olive soap) for sensitive skin. We also offer tubes of Bepanthen and or Hustle Butter (1oz or 5oz) at competitive prices. If you are interested in getting a tattoo done or would like to even have an old tattoo refreshed, don't hesitate to contact us today!

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  1. Zombie jackolope thats pretty cool


  2. Nicely done!


  3. was a fine time. only annoyance was being asked every five minutes if i was okay. 10/10 would let stab my flesh repeatedly again.

  4. Awesome!!!


  5. Awesome ink!!! Contact us for feature!