We recently attended the Imperial Art & Tattoo Festival in Jacksonville, FL and got to check out some awesome tattooers and their work. Every booth was cool there was so much cool stuff I got so many shirts and stickers I had some left over for my homie WildBoy.
At the Imperial Art & Tattoo Festival we ran in to some friends Bart Andrews and Pepper Spicy of Unify Tattoo Co in St. Augustine Florida, and got to do a little tattooing while we were up there as well. We also hung out with Angelo Miller and Eric Inksmith who studied under the lineage of Paul Rogers of the Famous Inksmith & Rogers Tattoo Studio all-in-all it was a great trip and always cool to hang with the titans.
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We’re looking to change the game! You might be asking yourself, “what do they mean by change the game?”
We want to change the game by conducting these incredible studies and educating individuals, clients, customers, friends, family etc on the process and research this craft of tattooing needs in order to successfully go into the future. Take the featured image “The Great Wave” by Hokusai, for example, this is easily the most recognized piece of Japanese artwork on the planet. More specifically titled “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” depicts a large wave headed for Kanagawa, Japan. The imagery makes for an incredible tattoo that will stand the test of time. Why is this piece of art still so relevant in the art world and tattooing? Some would say it is easily readable by the eye, it is aesthetically pleasing, there are a hundred reasons this piece of art is so incredible. But how we see it here at the tattoo shop, Hokusai did his research, he dedicated his life to his craft, he was a ukiyo-e (wood block) painter almost since birth. He drew many waves, essentially conducting studies the mechanics of the wave and his work paid off. He was one of the most popular artists in Japan during his peak years because of his incredible work ethic and dedication.
With that being said, this is our life! Tattooing is everything and it reflects in our work. Tampa Florida has many great tattooers and has always been a hot area for the hits! We are here to set ourselves apart to our clients because were here to win, make amazing, elegant, thoughtful tattoos and provide the best service possible. Check out our work we would love to meet you and discuss any ideas you may have!
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I wanted to have some fun today and just discuss the hits. This is a classic image of a Dragon done here at Tabernacle Tattoo. This was a fun one and now you can see the process in a time laps. We study the materials and put in the work to make a proper tattoo here at the shop. Theres only one way to generate consistent material as long as we have and that is to study and put in the work to make it HOT!!! As classic and fun as this image is, we are not limited to Japanese tattoos we offer an extremely wide variety of tattoo styles and concepts for our clients. This study is part of the usual process that goes into each and every custom tattoo here at the tattoo shop. The finer details and tricks are extremely important to a quality final product which is both beneficial to the client and the tattooer. Come by the shop and check out the magic, you know where to find us in the heart of Historic Ybor City in Tampa Florida.
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We have been hitting the circuit hard recently our travels have reunited us with old friends and introduced us to some new ones as well. Traveling to conventions is always fun and full of neat experiences. On our travels to the Villain ArtsPhiladelphiatattoo convention, the weekend of February 9th 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles had just won the Super Bowl and the city was a giant party. There were so many people in town for the Championship parade which only added to the experiences at the convention and added quite a bit of diversity to the mix, which allowed us to educate people new to tattooing on our process and studies. Many individuals at the convention were looking for Japanese and traditional tattoos which was really cool because we could talk about the classic imagery that has made tattooing last for centuries. As with many tattoo conventions many people come through with new ideas and concepts which gave us the opportunity to learn about the newest trends in tattooing. This reinforces concepts in previous blogs, the world of custom tattooing is a forever evolving field and this tattoo convention gave us the opportunity to reach out to a new as well as experienced audience. Our tattoo adventure culminated in Philadelphia, but our journey included a few stops to visit with some great tattooers and friends.
We started our travels from Ybor city, FL and our first stop was to see our good friend Glen Collins of Broken Lantern tattoo in Charleston, SC. Charleston is a beautiful town that always treats us well. Next we stopped in to see a former coworker and now owner of Salt Water Tattoo in Virginia Beach, Mike Rickards. We used to work together at Ancient Arts Tattoo owned by J.D. Crowe. Finally, we met up with the illusive Mike Sikes of Eye Speak in Fairfax, VA to catch up for a little bit before heading into Philadelphia and our final destination.
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It seems that pop culture is influencing the world of tattooing in a series of new directions. There will always be the traditional tattoos that stand the test of time however, new cultural norms always pop up and create new fun ideas for the artists. We pride ourselves in researching and studying the designs and the potential anatomical movements of these new school tattoos. Newer designs such as dot work and geometrical patterns are in high demand and as a high end tattoo shop it is our duty to be able to provide a readable innovative tattoo for the client.
Attached is an innovative design based on the geometric tattoo concepts in conjunction with Nordic ideologies. This black and grey tattoo was a ton of fun to study and put together for the client. The geometric patterns in this tattoo hold strong weight and are built to last along with the Nordic influence. Tattoos like this allow us to step out of our comfort zone and grow as tattooers. Custom tattoos in 2018 are going to require heavy doses of research and studies because this is all relatively new conceptually in the grand scheme of tattooing. Japanese and American traditional tattoos to name a few styles have been around much longer and the studies have been performed time and time again. Physiological integrity is essential to these tattoos which is why we are looking to achieve the same effect for the geometrical and dot patterns that are so in demand in this day and age.
We live in an interesting time in the tattooing industry. In a sense it is a golden age for the industry with so many styles and varieties of tattoos in the world, we pride ourselves in being able to accommodate all those needs here at Tabernacle Tattoo. There are many new age designs, in addition to, the traditional designs that stand the test of time. All of these images are amazing and hold value in many cultures throughout the world. When it comes to custom tattooing it is important to understand the needs of a client both through an artistic and physiological perspective so the tattoo is aesthetically pleasing. With that being said, we want to fit our clients with quality custom tattoos and take on projects big and small.
We are blessed to be located in Historic Ybor City in Tampa, FL which has been a hot bed for tattooing for many years, this location allows us to meet and develop relationships with clients from all over the state of Florida and even the world. That level of diversity gives us the ability to hone our craft to all aspects of tattooing and gives us the ability to have a lot of fun doing what we love!
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Below are just a few tattoos I’ve been working on at the moment. At times larger more complex tattoo work takes real time, it never goes quick or easy, it’s a matter of effort on both ends, the client and myself should share the passion for tattooing in order to develop the best product. My enthusiasm and energy is always where it needs to be and I understand this is a difficult process and a test of endurance, because it takes heart and soul on both ends, but I can get you through this and in return I will put my all in to it. Many people are surprised by the amount of unfinished projects are out there under circumstances outside of my control. I really appreciate all my clients, but there is definitely something special about an individual that budgets their time and resources in a manner that allows me to purely focus on the task at hand. As crazy as it may sound, this is where the true magic happens because there is limited to zero distracting energy on the process. Tampa FL has been a fun place to tattoo there’s been a lot of really fun requests and I enjoy knowing what people want and will gladly make that happen. I understand my vision it may not be your vision, but mine is a better one for many reasons, tattooing has been my life I understand the values of tattooing and how my work can fit on someone’s anatomy in order to give them the best tattoo!!! Please understand that I must take this task into my own hands to give the client and Tabernacle tattoo the best future possible.
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Long over due for a post guys we’ve been super busy at the tattoo shop in Tampa, Florida. In case you may not see what style your looking for on site we are well studied in all styles!! We enjoy the challenge of all tattoos, projects big and small, male tattoos and tattoos for females we are looking to make something real cool happen. Dot work ,Tribal,Mandala tattoos and of course Japanese tattooing and traditional tattooing are just a few tattoos on the menu here at Tabernacle tattoo. We truly look forward to working with all clients of different backgrounds and tattoo ideas, we believe it proves us and the client with a lot of growth during the process. As always the best way to discuss these topics is to visit the tattoo shop here in Historic Ybor City. We are also receptive to you reaching out on the contact us page as well but it is way more fun to break down the social barriers the internet creates.
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I have been getting closer on wrapping up a few projects this has one one more session left. I’m very grateful to have the clients I do and the trust they give me to conquer projects like this, which was started about 3 months ago. Custom tattoos like this can happen with proper follow through and the endurance to make the big investment in their tattoo. Ive been tattooing in Tampa, Florida for six years now and things have been great. We are finishing fun tattoos and starting new ones. If you are interested in getting a custom tattoo done stop by the shop I’d love to meet you and speak in person about what we can do for you!!
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Drawings Drawings Drawing!!! Its a part of every day life as a tattooer. But can we start to loosen up the ideas and specifications and start relying on the aesthetics of design fundamentals to bring tattooing to life!! What is the real goal here?!? We should want as tattooers, to generate intelligent aesthetics and flawless tattoo designs, there is a reason many of these tattoos have stood the test of time!! Whatever the case may be, I want to get a little more open minded to design beyond the references of popular culture that are usually brought to me. These references are valid, but I believe I can change some ideas that facilitate these pop culture tattoo designs into images that still convey the idea but also apply a readable product that is aesthetically pleasing.