Here are a few projects I did recently that I was pretty stoked to do. The Devil Painting was done for tattooer, machine builder and owner of Jinx proof tattoo in Washington DC, Karl Hedgepath. I wanted to take a not so commonly tattooed design, the devil, and put it in the context of a fun house or black light poster. Negative imagery that is both bright and artistically accessible to the average person. No fluff no tricks, just lots of black, retina burning colors, MAXIMUM CONTRAST and an easily readable image. You can tell what it is from 20 paces. And that's what I wanted. The skateboard heart with roses was fun because I got to hear the magic words, "just make it look good and tough." My favorite thing to hear someone tell me. The Skull and roses with the centipede...Man I could tattoo stuff like that forever. It is not finished but should be soon. I'll post an update when its done.
The first five paintings where done by Me (Murray Sell). The 6th painting was collaboration for Magnetic Tattoo in Loveland Co. By Marcus Mancini, TC Williams and myself. And the final painting is by Marcus Mancini.
Here are some fantastic examples of my friend Shawn McDonald's work that he sent me recently. He will be doing guest spots at our studio periodically so contact flying Tiger for availability. I've known Mr. McDonald for a number of years. While owning a studio in Loveland CO, he still finds the road and the nomadic lifestyle of some tattooers appealing. Meaning, at any time he may be all over any part of the country working. The guy just loves to get out there and search. Shawn's tattoos are uniquely very "Shawn". Maybe with a nice glaze of Chris Conn bad-assness. At least that's the way I see it. He is extremely talented, driven and most of all a good person. But enough with the accolades. Check him out. Shawn can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or Contacted through his myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/shawnfive