Monday, September 24, 2018

2nd Annual Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival

The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival combines a passion for motorcycles and storytelling and is dedicated to screening the newest and best motorcycle and moto-culture films curated from around the world. - Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival 

Not sure how I missed this one but if you are in the area and get to go, please do consider doing a write up of this amazing event! Sounds like it is going to be well worth the attendance. Ride well!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium - Viking Sleeve in Progress!

Just a little preview of a viking sleeve in progress. It's been a really fun piece to work on and I am looking forward to revealing the finished product once it is complete! In the meantime, if you are looking to get some ink don't hesitate to contact me today!

Monday, September 17, 2018

From Concept To Skin: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party With Victor, Emily & The Cheshire Cat - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Pic © Ms. Eriika St. Pierre

Jack & Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas was just the the beginning of my client's half sleeve. She returned this past weekend to add some more Tim Burton inspired creations to her half sleeve. She was kind enough to send me this picture. Victor and Emily from a Corpse Bride were a must have as was the Mad-Hatter played by Johnny Depp and the Cheshire Cat for good measure. With only one session left to go, we have plans on filling in the half sleeve with several other characters from Burton's universe. Unlike the first session, there nothing to cover up this time. There are still several details to add including some white highlights, etc. However, we are both excited to see the end result once we finish up and put the final touches to everything.

From Concept To Skin: Ohana Script - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Word of mouth is a wonderful thing and despite my reservations about doing script, it seems that I am the only one who has them. Fortunately, my client decided that she wanted something simple and in a font that wasn't going to give me an aneurism. In fact, surprisingly, this was the easiest time I have had doing script and found this particular style from DaFont very easy and natural feeling to work with. It is called Beauty (ugh, the names they come up with) and was designed by PremiereGraphics. There was a bit of back and forth about the placement of the word Ohana itself as normally this area of the hand is notorious for not holding ink well. However, seventeen days later and it's still there and only slightly faded in some parts. Naturally I'll touch the latter up when my client has a free moment. At this point, I'll happily take the small wins as they help to remind me that script especially is not such an impossible task. After all, it's the little things in life that count, right? 

Toronto To Moosonee, James Bay on a Triumph Bonneville By Chris Thomson (aka Beakster)

The Legend Returns!
I decided it was time for an adventure on my bike.  I’d already been east all the way to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia the previous month, so this time I decided to head north. After a quick check on Google Maps it seemed the furthest North I could go from Toronto was a place called Moosonee.  I knew nothing about it so did a bit of research online. It appeared that there wasn’t much there, and access was only possible by plane, winter road or train.  So far as I could tell the tarmac stopped not far north of Cochrane but there was a gravel road as far as Otter Rapids.  I’d try to asses how drivable the winter road would be in summer by zooming in on Google Maps’ satellite view, but it was hard to tell.  It seemed like the train was capable of loading bikes and I found on old thread on AdvRider where some guys took their bikes on the same Polar Bear Express train, so I was pretty confident I could get myself and my Triumph Bonneville to Moosonee so I packed my bags and prepared the bike.