Summer agenda


Summer is here and it is time to regroup.   July is typically a slow month for tattooing.  Everyone is on vacation or on the lake.  Meanwhile I am working on tieing loose ends for projects old and new.  I finally printed a new portfolio with 4 years of "new" work.  It's hard to believe its been that long since I have updated my book.  I have t shirt and sticker designs ready to print and a few custom rings ready to cast. Rings will be available rarely as they take some time to make and I really only do it as a hobby.  

With all of this going on I am working hard to make time for myself.  I have worked long days and nights without break for most of my career.  Recently I have been sticking to actual store closing hours and not working late.  I have been taking 5 minute stretches hourly.  Drinking more water, less coffee and generally taking better care of myself.  One day soon maybe I will quit working on my days off... Baby steps

No pain no gain


I grew up on an island and have always had a fascination with the seemingly endless sea that surrounded us. Inspiration for this ring starts there.

I bought a handful of pirate era coins from a private collector. Some of these coins date as far back as 1622. This ring is a custom one off. I sculpted and cast a sterling setting that would hold one of the smaller copper coins. I wanted this piece to have the look of barnacles to compliment the age and roughness of a coin brought up from the depths. A castle is still visible on the coin face. Two crosses carved on each side of the band meet on the bottom. I hammered the entire ring by hand before giving it a patina finish. I think this ring has stories to tell. It may be that a man lost his life on the toss of this coin. Could this coin have been partial payment for passage on a ship fated to wreck on distant shores? This is an adventurers ring.