Thursday, December 27, 2018

Meet Garfield - My Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4!

Meet Garfield - My 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4
Pic © Sherbrooke Toyota
To say that I am not a car or truck guy would be fair. The only vehicles that aren't motorcycles that I enjoy are classics, hence why I purchased Bertie, my 1972 VW Bus whom is still at the shop in case you were wondering. I needed something that would be fun, practical and usable in winter as some of the country roads in my neck of the woods is squirrely at the best of times in winter. I wanted something that would be fun a la Honda Africa Twin if we ever decided to do some light off roading and camping. Something that I could throw a couple of kids motocross in the back or maybe even a kayak. Something I could go camping with or like most people, a practical vehicle that will save me money on renting trailers from U-Haul or shipping costs when we go to IKEA or Costco. I know that Jennifer already has plans to visit the garden centre this spring! In short, I needed something that would serve us well should the Zombie Apocalypse come to fruition but that could blend in seamlessly in the meantime as to not draw suspicion of our fears of zombies in general.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sneak Peek: Tempting Fate - Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil By Mario RJ Corbin

Tempting Fate - Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
My client, Jesse, has decided to commission a full sleeve based on and inspired by Norse mythology. We decided to take things a few steps further by bringing a few of the myths to life with contemporary actors. Using photographs of Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Megan Fox (Jesse’s top 3 actors) I have given the Three Fates a new look and style that has been unseen before (at least to my knowledge). However, I didn’t stop there! Playing on an old parable, each actor has been further transformed to accommodate Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil. Some details are still missing from this draft, including shading. I have really enjoyed doing dot work and am looking forward to starting this new project with Jesse soon. Stay tuned for future instalments of this sleeve! Looking to start a new tattoo project? I’ll be happy to help you come up with your own Norse inspired tattoo. Book a consultation today!

TOUCH UP: Foreshadowing A Shadowhunter - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

TOUCH UP: Foreshadowing A Shadowhunter
I touched up this piece today. It’s an angelic rune from the popular television show Shadowhunters. However, I also added some highlights including dot work to the tattoo. I think it gives the tattoo a much nicer look overall and helps draw your eyes to the little runes falling away from her shoulder blade. The latter was accentuated with pink lines in and around them to help highlight them further. Since first tattooing my client I have already learned and have grown so much as an apprentice. It’s been a fantastic journey and I am grateful to all of my clients, past, present and future for their support and skin! 😉

Monday, December 17, 2018

Lilies In The Moonlight By Mario RJ Corbin

Lilies In The Moonlight

Using a photograph of a moon and several individual lilies as inspiration, I drew this tattoo for the lovely @miss_c_kelly, a former student of mine back when I use to teach in the Republic of Ireland. It’s elegant and classy and leaves plenty of room for Miss Kelly and her tattoo artist in Ireland to make it her own. I’ll be happy to help you come up with your own floral inspired tattoo. Book a consultation today!

Wanderlust By Mario RJ Corbin

Wanderlust
Using a photograph of an anchor and a lighthouse as inspiration, I drew this tattoo for a potential client. It still needs some shading and perhaps even some dot work but overall I quite like the outcome. It’s given me a serious case of wanderlust! I’ll be happy to help you come up with your own travel inspired tattoo. Book a consultation today!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Uniquely Canadian - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Video By Jesse Herring

This custom tattoo was put together using photographs of a Great Horned Owl, the Three Sisters Mountains in Alberta, Canada and finally Maurice Richard (number 9) of the Montreal Canadians. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this! Kudos goes out to Dawson as this was his first tattoo. All three tattoos were completed in one sitting! Looking to have some work done? Book a consultation today!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Norse Runes - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Norse Runes
Tattooing a quote from Deuteronomy 31:6 on the side of Jesse’s body was just the beginning. Today we found ourselves tattooing no less than eight Norse Runes on his fingers. Jesse was kind enough to send me this image. From left to right they mean Strength, Warrior, Defence, Protection, Growth, Wholeness, Joy and Flow. The beauty is in the simplicity of it all and these Runes will provide Jesse with the strength to face any challenges that lie ahead. Looking to have some work done? Book a consultation today!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Family Life With German Shepherds

Rosie and Leo Playing Tug of War
Rosie (11 months old) and Leo (9 years old) playing tug of war. Our German Shepherds are fantastic family pets and have been a joy to share our lives with (even if they can be a handful at times)!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Don’t Be Crabby! By Mario RJ Corbin

Astrology 101: Cancer Under Moon
Using a photograph of a crab and a moon as inspiration, I drew this astrology tattoo for a potential client. Representing the astrological sign Cancer, it still needs some shading but overall I like the effect of the dot work. I’ll be happy to help you come up with your astrology tattoo. Book a consultation today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

For The Love of Art With Joel Corbin


The following are just a small collection of my oldest son's artwork. It is because of him that I found myself renewing my own love of art; a love that inevitably entrenched me in a modest little tattoo business.  Whilst the drawings here are just a handful of some of his most recent work, his interests range from soap sculptures, drawing, painting and other assortment of art that he has dabbled in over the course of the last year. He is an inspiring little gem that helps me find my inner child - even if I can't always express it in a way that I wish I could. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Star Wars A-Wing Fighter By Mario RJ Corbin

Join A-Wing Squad Today!
Using a photograph of an A-Wing Fighter from Star Wars, I put this piece together as an example for fans who may be keen on getting this or something similar in future! Join the rebel alliance today or if you prefer, seize power by using the dark side! Whatever your desires, let me help you make your dreams a reality ... at least where your tattoo aspirations may lie! Book a consultation today and may the force be with you! 😉

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover By Mario RJ Corbin

Feeling Bookish?
Looking for something different? This design is an example of a whimsical tattoo using various elements that a customer requested. The books and aster flower were drawn up using actual photographs of real books and flowers, hence setting this tattoo flash apart from similar designs. The names on the books can be changed including the font types using dafont.com. I used the actual formula for love in the background and finished it off with paw and hoof prints and a paper airplane as per my client’s request (the shadow of the paper airplane is of a Star Wars A-Wing Fighter). These are sweet tattoos and I can custom design a similar one for you upon request! Book a consultation today!

Monday, December 3, 2018

From Concept To Skin: Deuteronomy 31:6 - Inked By Mario RJ Corbin

Deuteronomy 31:6
Whilst I am not one to shy away from a challenge, this particular piece today left me looking for the strength and courage to persevere. Tattooing a quote from Deuteronomy 31:6 on the side of Jesse’s body was not unlike trying to chisel stone. A great guy and soon to be model, Jesse was kind enough to send me this image of the tattoo that I completed for him today. Looking to have some work done? Book a consultation today!

Fun With Tattoo Practice Skin With Patrick Fawcett Part Deux!

My brother in law has a penchant for very pretty line work!
Patrick has continued to practice his line work using his Apprentice Tattoo Pen Kit from World Wide Tattoo Supply. Patrick is quite the artist having already shared some of his previous work on this site. As you can see, his drawings are whimsical and I for one am looking forward to his next visit so that I can have him tattoo my leg! Follow Patrick on his journey to becoming a tattoo artist. You may just find yourself in the enviable position of being some of the lucky first to be tattooed by him when he returns to Canada for a visit in the spring.