Greenman: Half way there

Saturday afternoon was again spent in Fish's chair at Th'Ink Tank. He came at me with a much more sensible approach of shading and coloring chunks instead of shading the whole thing and coloring it all the next time. (He did all the shading on Ed's at once because he had to let Ed walk out with a tattoo that looked complete.) As per usual the color work is astonishing: Green Beard Originally uploaded by Jake Sutton.


Track o' the post: Ullyses from A Passage In Time by Dead Can Dance, because the greenman is so Goth. ;)

Greenman: Day One

Yeah, finally got to go in and start the greenman tattoo. I'll have two more sittings to finish it. We only managed to do the line work today. It's that effing HUGE! ;) I'm seriously amazed he managed to do Ed's shading (even though Ed went back for more a few days later, which... Ouch!). There are a lot of lines in this puppy.

Good times. I'll post an after pic once I wash it. Here's the full outline after the first wash. Fish at Work Originally uploaded by Jake Sutton.

Update: More of the same at my Inked, Inc. blog.

You should be stronger than me.

Well, Amy Winehouse is finally going to rehab ("No, no, no!"). Mad props to WWTDD for summing up the story perfectly:

Winehouse, who collapsed last week after taking a cocktail of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and the horse tranquillizer ketamine, is now thought to be wait did that fucking say "heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and the horse tranquillizer ketamine"?  HOLY SHIT!


This story about a porn star called Mia Rose being banned from World of Warcraft for... um... being a porn star is hilarious. Where's the logic in that? Wouldn't you want people to think hot sluts played your game?


David Allen should be announcing the winner of his tattoo giveaway today. Of course I entered, but I'm really rooting for his mom.

It's set.

Capt. Kick Ass Originally uploaded by Jake Sutton.

And on the Inked, Inc. blog: Green Man Is Go!

It's worth noting (especially for my friends who like to show up and call me when they hit they airport) that Fish's weekend slots are booked out at least a month. Of course I could have gotten in sooner if I could get down there by 4pm on a week day, but I can't really.

Also super-exciting: Fish is working on a line of tough and sexy men's wear.

Tattoos Are Social

First, a pointer for y'all to check out Inked Inc., a Ning-powered social site for "counterculture professionals". The site is very young at this point, so it's been kind of fun so far. The biggest thing working for the site so far has been the participation of Marisa from Needled. She's the coolest.

PSA over, I'll just mention that I've started blogging about my next tattoo there.

The Next One A week from today I have a consultation with my artist, Fish at Th'Ink Tank Tattoos in Denver, about my next tattoo. So, what am I going to get? Well, it kind of depends...

I'll keep cross-posting links here, so no worries.

Don't Wanna Pickle

The motorcycle gods are conspiring against me this summer. My social calendar has been packed (for me) lately, and the combination of that with a) trying to get back in shape and b) fairly regular afternoon thunderstorms (or at least the threat thereof), and c) projects around the house has kept me off my Bonneville for the most part. I've only had the poor thing out twice this year and that was in the Spring.

I'm not too worried, though. I'll get my chances eventually. Plus, I much prefer riding in the transition seasons than in the blast furnace that is Summer in the Denver metro.

In other news, I'm going in to talk to Fish about my next tattoo in a couple weeks.

Prairie Doggin'

There's plenty going on these days, but that's all I can think of to share at the moment.

High Ho, High Ho

I have no idea how long it's been since I've actually been to work. I had the week between Christmas and New Year's scheduled for vacation, but then we had the Hanukkah Blizzard of 2006 so things got started off really early for me. I guess two weeks ago today was the last time I was in the office. Take a guess at my motivation level... ;)

Thanks to the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa blizzard combination, we ended up spending the holidays doing a lot of sitting around and staring at each other. We did get out to the tattoo shop to get the Mother-in-Law a new piece (of which I should really get a better picture) and for The Wife and I to get some touch up done.

Other than that, not a lot to report. We did watch some DVDs:

  • Nacho Libre (B) -- Jack Black, yo. Plus I love me some Lucha Libre.
  • Talladega Nights (A-) -- Best Will Ferrell joint ever. Period. John C. Riley is a king.
  • Aeon Flux (B+) -- I was a big fan of the animated shorts on MTV's Liquid Television, but I kind of like this better. There was actually a storyline available without creative interpretation. Plus Charlize is badass.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (B-) -- Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow was weird in this one. Not nearly as good as the first one.

One quick link, while I'm at it: I like this guy's style.

Yet Another Tattoo Blog

This one is really cool:

David Allen is a tattoo apprentice. He's also a reasonably handsome graphic designer.


Currently, his illustration experience has brought him into the world of tattooing. This site,, is used to detail and chart the progress of his learning experience.

Not only do you get great insight into the art of tattooing, but you get fun Photoshop tips, too! It's a very young site, but it's off to a killer start.

(Props to Marisa @ Needled)

Giving Blood with Tattoos

New Illinois Tattoo Law

What's interesting about the law is that is was the result of lobbying by the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers to increase the number of potential blood donors by allowing people to donate blood within a year of getting tattoos or piercings. The blood will still undergo rigorous testing, but abolishing the current year-long wait will no longer discourage the tattooed and pierced from donating -- and, overall, no longer make people feel like social pariahs.

Nice. I've been annoyed by the 12 month waiting period between getting a new tattoo and giving blood pretty much since I got my first tattoo. I have a semi-rare blood type and actually like to give blood. However, I also plan to continue getting tattoos (probably at least annually) for the near term.

I'm glad to see some lawmakers initiating a change. Hopefully Illinois will start a trend.