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Cheese Tattooing (this has nothing to do with April’s Fools)

We have an apprentice at the shop. There are only so many things you can do and learn before you start working on people. Over the years I have seen people practice on grapefruit, chicken, leather, bananas, melons and “fake skin”. There are disadvantages to all of these and none of them really approximate skin.

TeeJay, Joe and Starr were bouncing ideas around of things that might be more helpful for gauging depth control. Joey came up with the idea to put a slice of cheese on a balloon. Go too deep, the balloon pops and you get instant feed back on how deep is too deep.

We did happen to have some sliced cheese at the shop (a little too thick) but alas no balloons. An empty water jug took it’s place. This actually was really beneficial as you have to stabilize the water jug just like a person (although we would never hold a client in place with our knees).

Starr had already left for the night by the time that the cheese experiment began…. but TeeJay, Pam, Nadia and Joey all gave it a go. Nadia had never held a tattoo machine before (she is our receptionist in Webster) so it gave us some different feed back as to how useful of an experiment it was.

The extra ink can not be wiped away without damaging the cheese (blotting or washing afterwards help some) and the integrity of the cheese was too variable for consistently good linework… but it was a useful experiment and with some thinner cheese (or maybe a processed cheese that is more consistent) I think it would actually be a beneficial exercise.

And you can eat what you don’t tattoo. Actually you could eat what you tattooed as well, but neither vaseline nor Instablack are tasty.

The intended victim

The intended victim

first attempt

first attempt

Pam

Pam

Pam

Pam

TeeJay

TeeJay

Nadia

Nadia

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Joey

Joey

Joey (TeeJay and Nadia in mirror)

Joey (TeeJay and Nadia in mirror)

Tattooed Cheese!!!

Tattooed Cheese!!!

The cheese did better when it was first out of the fridge. Hanging around makes the cheese soft and squishy. Perhaps if we left it around long enough to start to dry out it would be easier to work with.

This is what happens in tattoo shops when you aren’t looking.

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A few new ones from Pam

Want to see more photos from your favorite artists at White Tiger? Want to know why your tattoo isn’t on display?

Please ask your artist to give their photos to TeeJay.

Please. Please. Please. I’m┬áhaving a super hard time getting photos from them. I’m asking for help from the clients. Tattoo websites aren’t interesting if they never change.

BIG round of thanks to Pam for stepping up and sending a few samples of what she has been up to lately!

Keep ’em coming!!!!

bird tattoo by Pam My Neighbor Totoro tattoo by Pam wasp tattoo by Pam

What I’ve Been Up To (JoeC)

As usual, my priorities are tattooing and my dogs, Buddha and Spanky.

Spanky and Buddha in the car

Since tattooing can be a little sporadic this time of year, I’ve had more time to paint, which is another passion of mine. my most recent finished painting is a 20″x30″ watercolor.

snakepainting

That’s all for now, folks…

JoeC