Friday, August 31, 2018

Back To School Tattoo Special!

Back To School Tattoo Special!
Celebrate going back to school with a new tattoo! For the month of September all cegep (18+) and university students with a valid student id card will receive a 10% discount on any tattoo. However, I don't do realism or cheat notes 😏. My guarantee is simple, if I can't do your specific tattoo request justice, then I will recommend an artist who can! Book a consultation today!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ye Olde Cock LIDS Baseball Cap!

LIDS Embroidered Baseball Cap With My Studio Name
Special thanks goes out to the lads at LIDS today here at Carrefour de l'Estrie. Picked this little gem up for an unbeatable price! LIDS is a company chain specializing in licensed team hats, logo apparel & sports memorabilia. They also do custom embroidery on any baseball cap for $12.00 Canadian. I'm thinking that these would make for great merchandise in a year when we emphasize the emporium part of our business. What do you think? Looking to refresh or get a new tattoo? Book today for a consultation!

The Joys & Tribulations Of Creating Mandalas: Staedtler's Mandala Creator

Mandala That I Designed Using 4 out of the 6 Layers
on Staedtler.com Mandala Creator.
Having had several mandalas created by the very talented Noémie Rosa Tatouage, I know how precise the art of mandala making needs to be. Thus, I was rather excited when I came across Staedtler's Mandala Creator. It allows you to create your own mandala and comes loaded with options to create something unique and personal. A great tool for any tattoo artist or apprentice looking to create unique mandalas for themselves or their clients. Inevitably, it also begs the question: what about the human factor? When a client approached me to put together a mandala for her earlier this summer, admittedly, I felt out of my depth. I had drawn up several rough drafts (see below) and whilst the general consensus was that they were pretty, they would not be suitable for tattooing. The latter became especially clear to me when I posted four of my designs on Photo Tatouage on Facebook for constructive feedback.

Monday, August 20, 2018

DesTinaTion: St. Gabriel de Brandon - Father & Son Motorcycle Trip On a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer - Day 3!

Last Leg of Our 3 Day Trip - 20 minutes outside of St. Gabriel de Brandon
After our visit to L'Épopée de la Moto, we began our journey towards St. Gabriel de Brandon. The road less travelled would take just over five hours to get us there as opposed to three and a half hours by highway. So we decided to compromise and take the back roads as a way of getting to see some of the scenic views that places like Trois-Rivières had to offer but otherwise highways so we could get to our destination quicker. For good measure, we booked a room in advance at La Cache du Lac Motel which is just a stone's throw away from Lac Maskinonge. This final leg of our journey would be bittersweet as it would also be a trip down memory lane for me. Thus, I was looking forward to returning for a variety of reasons, not least of all because I wanted to share this childhood summer hangout with my son.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Jack & Sally Infinitely In Love in A Nightmare Before Christmas - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Jack & Sally Infinitely In Love
(Work In Progress)
One day you're tattooing an infinity sign on someone and the next day you're covering an infinity sign up on someone else. 😊 I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. St. Pierre today and her lovely husband to be, Mr. Houde all thanks to Ms Méthot whom I recently tattooed script for. Adding to the excitement was the fact that this was a cover up! However, having the chance to tattoo a Tim Burton classic was the cherry on top of the cake and I found myself really looking forward to it. This was a particularly long session due to the fact that I spent a lot of time trying to make sure that everything was working the way it needed to in order to both cover up the infinity sign but equally, ensure a great quality tattoo in the end. Whilst the end result is not technically finished yet (still have to work on Sally's hand, the tombstone, etc, overall both Ms. St. Pierre and myself were quite pleased with the result to date. This is the start of a half (maybe full?) sleeve and I am looking forward to continuing it in the weeks/months ahead.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

From Concept To Skin: The Joys & Tribulations Of Tattooing Script Part Deux - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Fun With Script Part Deux - Fantastic Reason & Old Newspaper Type
Since Life After Cobra, my friend decided that he would continue his sleeve with with a fishing lure with his father's and uncle's name inside of it. As well, he wanted the names of his two children with their birthdays in roman numerals. For good measure, his better half also decided that she wanted an infinity sign with her children's names in it as well. Thus, suffice it to say, the challenge to master the art of tattooing script seems to be a continuing theme this month. I find myself hopelessly overwhelmed by the latter. Regardless, I persevered and fortunately, both clients were happy with their tattoos today.

Friday, August 17, 2018

DesTinaTion: L'Épopée de la Moto - Father & Son Motorcycle Trip On a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer - Day 2!

What better way to arrive to a motorcycle museum than on one!
With over 350+ kilometers under our belt after day one, we found ourselves awake bright and early and ready to tackle whatever the open road had planned for us that day. L'Épopée de la Moto was just an hour away from Motel-341 by highway but we decided to take the backroads instead that bordered the St Lawerence river. The scene couldn't have been more idyllic and what better mode of transportation than a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer to carry us towards our impending destination. We could have stopped for photographs, but somehow, it would have felt like we were ruining the moment. There is something serene about riding along a backroad on a motorcycle. Its engine note is intoxicating yet relaxing along these country roads. Topping the cherry on the cake was having my son sitting behind me as he effortlessly leaned into some twisties with me. A natural born biker he is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

From Concept To Skin: The Joys & Tribulations Of Tattooing Script - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Fun With Script - Old Newspaper Type Font
Tattooing script, any script, has been quite a challenge and I have found myself turning away clients who wanted certain fonts (e.g. Calibri or Times New Roman). My first venture in tattooing script professionally was with a very patient and kind young woman, Ms Méthot. My family and I had met her at La Maison du Cinéma where she works. She already has an assortment of eclectic tattoos and has actually had apprentices tattoo her before. So she didn't seem the least bit hesitant or worried when we met three weeks ago for her first tattoo session. Armed with a friend, Jennifer, she braved having the letters Representamen and Iconicity tattooed on her forearms by yours truly. Today we also tattooed the words Therefore and Chrysalis on the back of her arms just above her elbows. The experience was, all said and done, both terrifying and mixed with a profound sense of relief that it is over and that it came out fine. Not least because I originally screwed up the first session with one of two fonts that was chosen.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Coming of Age: Father & Son Motorcycle Trip On a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer - Day 1!

Bella & Joel - After 350+kilometers we found this little gem of a motel
in what felt like the middle of nowhere!
It seems like just yesterday that my oldest son had just come of age and had his very first motorcycle ride with me atop Serenity, my former Suzuki Intruder way back in the summer of 2013. Somewhere between that time and everything in between my baby boy grew up. Turning 12 this month and with high school looming above his head this September, I felt the need to mark the occasion in such a way that will be memorable for both him and I. Whilst I am not sure what he will think of this trip in twenty years, I confess that I hope his memories of the three day road trip will be more favourable than Robert Pirsig's son Chris in Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I wanted the experience to be stress free and minus the structure that he is about to enter next month when he starts high school. What little planning was made revolved around a general direction and sense of where we wanted to be and what we wanted to see. There would be long hours on the saddle and it would also be a test of his endurance as he had never travelled for so long on a motorcycle before. Naturally, Bella, my 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer was more than up to the challenge and lended a sense of excitement and class to the whole experience.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

DesTinaTion: Capelton Mines!

Getting Cozy With My Mother In-Law
If you are in and around the Eastern Townships of Quebec and are looking for an escape from the heatwave that we have been experiencing these past few weeks look no further than the Capelton Mines located just minutes outside of Lennoxville. Despite having lived next to the mines for nearly a decade now I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting and enjoyable the overall experience was. They offer English tours (as well as French) which often means smaller groups. The latter in particular I think is key to getting the most out of being inside the cave. Despite it being a rather large mine, most of it is flooded so you will be restricted to the first four levels. There is a small (one room) museum, gift shop and of course they serve up some sandwiches upon request. However, whilst the sandwiches are pretty good, they are also pretty pricey so you are better off packing a lunch imho. Furthermore, if going underground doesn't appeal to you, there is still plenty to see and do around the museum and gift shop. This is a very picture heavy blog so for those of you who don't like to read, you are in luck!

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium - Flash Sale!

"La Capitaine"
Captain Archibald Haddock Out For A Stroll
The following are just a few pieces that have been put together for those looking for something simple, fun and nostalgic. They can be modified or changed to suit your needs. Prices are based on size, black/grey scale versus colour, etc. Custom designs can also be made to order. If you see something you like do not hesitate to contact me today!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Fun With Todd Beck's Leg - Tattooing My Mentor Part Deux!

Coal Miner Tattoo - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin
When I first popped my cherry and tattooed Todd Beck's leg last year, admittedly the whole experience was nerve racking. Fast forward nearly a year later and honestly, I was every bit as nervous as the first time when it came to tattoo my mentor's leg again. His lower half leg sleeve is still as eclectic as always and I was thrilled to have the chance regardless of the butterflies in my stomach. He put together several designs that he wanted me to do including the coal miner skull above, a reminder of a rugby team from his home in New Zealand. He also put together a Maori inspired rendition of New Zealand itself. The latter in particular proved to be the trickier of the two designs.