Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium - Gift Certificates Available!

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium - Gift Certificates Available! 
With the holiday season just around the corner why not treat that special someone in your life to a new tattoo! They start at $60.00 Canadian and are valid for six months from the date purchased. They are non-transferable. Each tattoo comes with a free after care kit! Book a consultation today!

From Concept To Skin: Narcissus Reflection - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Narcissus Reflection
I completed this fun academic piece for one of my many returning customers, Audrey. Here is a description of who Narcissus was and his relationship to the flower named after him (called a Daffodil in English): “Narcissus, in Greek mythology, the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was distinguished for his beauty. According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book III, Narcissus’s mother was told by the blind seer Tiresias that he would have a long life, provided he never recognized himself. However, his rejection of the love of the nymph Echo or (in an earlier version) of the young man Ameinias drew upon him the vengeance of the gods. He fell in love with his own reflection in the waters of a spring and pined away (or killed himself); the flower that bears his name sprang up where he died. The Greek traveler and geographer Pausanias, in Description of Greece, Book IX, said it was more likely that Narcissus, to console himself for the death of his beloved twin sister, his exact counterpart, sat gazing into the spring to recall her features” (Britannica, 2018). Who said tattoos can’t be educational! 😉 Looking for your next tattoo? Book a consultation today! If I can’t do it, I’ll recommend an artist who can!

Friday, November 23, 2018

From Concept To Skin: The Girl With A Rose Tattoo - Tim Burton Sleeve Part IV Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Heart Shaped Rose On Hand
Ms. St. Pierre dropped by today to add to her Tim Burton Sleeve. This session saw the addition of a pumpkin and a small rose to the upper sleeve. The biggest addition was the heart rose on her hand! Like most things Burtonesque, the heart rose was the perfect way to tie together the romances between some of Ms. St. Pierre’s favourite characters. Stay tuned for future installments! P.S. The Cheshire Cat Tattoo in the photo is healed!

From Concept To Skin: Honour Thy Family! Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Douglas Clan Coat of Arms
In addition to his Three Peas in a Pod tattoo, my client, Chris, decided to continue his family sleeve with his family’s coat of arms. Decedent from the Douglas clan in Scotland, Chris wanted a reimagining if this famous clan’s coat of arms. As it turns out there have been several iterations of the design over the centuries and hence I decided to combine some of the elements. The end result was this fresh take on a traditional design that wouldn’t look out of place on the nose of a military plane or even sports team jersey. Need help turning an idea into reality? Book a consultation today!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

8 Steps To Becoming A Tattoo Artist By Mario RJ Corbin

Becoming a Tattoo Artist
Whether your inspiration to become a tattoo artist was derived from having watched one too many reality television shows or because you found a niche market where you can make use of those artistic skills that, up until this point have been nothing more than a passing hobby (or habit during math class), the fact remains that all tattoo artists start off at a similar place. Ask any reputable tattoo artist how to start tattooing and you may find that every single one of them has a different response. The issue, you see, is that the industry is akin to the Wild West. Sure, there are areas that are more civilized than others, but the culture of the industry has also made it one of the most difficult and unforgiving to enter. It was out of necessity or something else more akin to protectionism (both, perhaps?) the tattoo industry has had its fair share of discrimination and economic hardships over the last century in western countries like the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom. Social perceptions of tattooing have made it one of the most controversial and secretive past times. This is despite the fact that body modification, including tattooing, has been happening since time immemorial. I digress.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fun With Tattoo Practice Skin With Patrick Fawcett!

Fun With Fake Skin By Patrick Fawcett
This past summer my brother in law, Patrick, came to visit and in doing so, he purchased himself an Apprentice Tattoo Pen Kit from World Wide Tattoo Supply. Patrick is quite the artist has already shared some of his previous work on this site. Thus, it is only common sense for him to pursue a possible career in tattooing. He has been working hard to practice his shading and line work over the last five months. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic and thus, has had to balance tattoo practice between his regular day job. That being said, I think he is off to an awesome start. Soon Patrick will also be going to his local tattoo studios to see if he can't get an apprenticeship. Practice skin is a great way to practice and is a more sanitary option to pigskin. I hope to share more of Patrick's story with you as time goes on. Keep up the great work Patrick!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Prevention and Control Online Seminar For The Body Art Community By ProTrainings

ProTraining
ProTrainings offers a variety of health related courses including the Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Prevention and Control online seminar for the body art community. The course is OSHA 29 CFR-1910.1030 compliant and is recognized nationwide in the United States of America. For Californian residents, simply choose said option to receive the appropriate course that is AB300 / AB1168 compliant. Unlike  Progressive Mentorship, which offers a similar Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Prevention and Control Seminar, ProTrainings offers the course online. Thus, depending on your learning preferences, ProTrainings offers a viable substitute for people on the go or professionals looking to renew their certification for an unbeatable price. Of course, you should check your local provincial regulations first as some Canadian provinces are better regulated than others (e.g. Ontario).

Friday, November 16, 2018

From Concept To Skin: The Widow’s Children - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

The Widow's Children
Recently my client decided to add another tattoo to represent her three children. You may recall that she had the Day of The Dead Girl tattooed on her upper arm a few weeks back. These skulls were put together using InktionCo floral and mandala designs. The overall look is rather pretty if not haunting. The names of each child will be added in future along with other floral patterns and a mandala that I will be making using Staedtler Mandala Creator. I particularly enjoyed completing this tattoo and look forward to doing more like these in future. Interested in getting a new tattoo? Book a consultation today!

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Noble Death - Samurai With Red Camellia By Mario RJ Corbin

A Noble Death
This is just a rough draft of a Japanese Samurai with a red camellia behind him. The red camellia represents a noble death. If you or someone you know is interested in getting something similar to this do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to work with you in helping you get your tattoo aspirations completed for the holiday season!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

From Concept To Skin: I Put A Spell On You! - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

 I Put A Spell On You!
Having approved the rough draft that I had put together earlier this week, Celine Pare dropped by today all the way from Montreal to have this piece tattooed on her lower back. I used elements from staedtler mandala creator and some Henna patterns that I found online. I also used two flower designs by Amirun Shah, owner of InktionCo. The centre piece is an anti-possession symbol from the television show Supernatural which seemed rather appropriate as she ended up watching the new Netflix series The Exorcist towards the half way point of our session. There were some changes to the rough draft and in the end my hat goes off to Celine as she was a real trooper.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fun With Henna, Mandala and InktionCo Flower Designs

Fun With Henna, Mandala and InktionCo Flower Designs
Put together for Celine Pare​, I used elements from staedtler mandala creator and some Henna patterns that I found online. I also used two flower designs by Amirun Shah, owner of InktionCo. Amirun sells beautiful temporary tattoo designs. With her permission, I have adopted several of them into some designs that I have been putting together for clients. The center piece is an anti-possession symbol from the television show Supernatural.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Parenting German Shepherds With Children: Part Deux - A Recipe For A Lovely Autumnal October!

Recipe For The Perfect Autumnal Season
What better way to say farewell to summer than to spend the autumnal season with two German Shepherds and our lovely children. Since moving into our new (to us) house, opening up a tattoo studio and adopting a second (albeit senior) german shepherd this past Spring (not including our regular jobs - no less than four between the two of us), we have found ourselves busier than ever. It's a wonder that we ever find the time to relax, let alone get out there and have fun with the kids (including our dogs). Our biggest challenge has been adapting to life with two big, clumsy yet playful and sweet dogs. Finding a place to walk them has often been a challenge as we have already experienced some issues with locals who are ignorant about the breed. That being said, our dogs, Rosie and Leo, whilst boisterous; at times obnoxious (barking at squirrels and other dogs), sometimes downright annoying (why can't they do all their pooping in one spot instead of leaving a trail a la Hansel & Gretel?!) have otherwise been a joy to have as part of our lives.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Sociological Imagination 40th Anniversary Edition By C. Wright Mills


“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” 

—Stephen R. Covey.

Having taught Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology for well over a decade now, the best sources are often the original sources. A Facebook Page titled Sociology has provided a free copy of this important book. Take a break from social media and have a read. You never know, you might actually learn something. 

Sneak Peek: The Widow’s Children - By Mario RJ Corbin

The Widow's Children
This was put together using designs by InktionCo. Amirun Shah has designed beautiful floral and mandala designs and sells them as temporary tattoos. With her permission, I have used them to accentuate this skull design. More to come!