Really—I’m not a Duran Duran fan. But the song “Rio” came on the radio just as terrific, Tom Davis from Wells & Company Tattoo fired up his machines to put this black-haired, beauty on my arm. So call it a sign or whatever you like—the name seems to have stuck.
As always, many thanks to Tom Davis and @WellsCoTattoo for this excellent new piece of artwork. The bright vibrant colors enhance the wonderful line work and soft details in her hands, feet and facial features. Positioned to compliment my existing tiki, the new hula girl jives with the other pieces on my arm and has quickly become one of my favorite tattoos to-date.
If you’re looking for a nice piece of ink… a good place to start your search is with Tom and Wells & Company Tattoos.
My buddy @nickAD got a tattoo inspired by the ‘Lost’ television show that was done in iridescent ink. USA Today had users submit stories about their ‘Lost’ tattoos if they had one. Andy’s story reigned supreme!
“In the late summer of ‘08, I took my Lost love to the next level by getting a Dharma tattoo inked onto my ankle. Since my good pal, Tom Davis had recently started working at Wells & Company Custom Tattoos in Vandalia, Ohio we decided to collaborate. I had been wanting to experiment with iridescent ink. My pal had never worked with the stuff, so we struck a deal: I would be his guinea pig if he would spring for the ink.
“If you’ve never heard of it, iridescent or UV ink is a dye that glows under a black light. The tough thing about tattooing with it is that you have to illuminate the surface of the skin just to see what you’re doing.
“The Dharma logo seemed perfect for this technique, with a thick, recognizable shape. The ink itself has an obvious throwback to the episode ‘Lockdown,’ where John Locke sees the blast door map illuminated by black light inside of the Swan hatch. We decided to use the Looking Glass Station’s logo — a white rabbit inside of the Dharma shape — a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the (site) of my favorite Lost episode, the Season 3 finale.”
Andy adds, “The tattoo turned out great, and under normal light, it’s nearly invisible. It’s my little secret.”
An update on some work that is still in progress by my buddy Tom Davis
Tom started this first of 2 American Indians back in July and we’ve just gotten around to a second sitting where we added the gilded frame to the first Indian. We still have a session to add the gold color to the frame and the sepia toned wash to the Indian but as you can see from the picture below I’m real jazzed about our progress.
I knew the addition of the frame would turn a decent sized piece into one that covers the back of my calf but seeing it now I’m really happy with the size and placement, not to mention Tom’s work. If you haven’t looked him up for your next tattoo I highly suggest you do. You can contact Tom via e-mail: email@example.com or give him a shout at Wells Tattoo in Vandalia.
Like a zombie in the night—Halloween has risen again to awake your terror and shake your bones. So conjure your imagination, resurrect your creativity wear your best Saturday-go-to-black-mass suit and join us as we celebrate the 12th annual Halloween on Gondert. Hope to see you all there.
H09 invite & poster design: Tom Davis / Invite printing: Oregon Printing Co.
Posters: All System’s Color, Inc.
Please bring lawn chairs, coolers, beverages and any party favors that you care to share. A nice cozy bon-fire, plenty of food, music and a scary atmosphere will be there to greet you like a hump-backed lab-assistant. Guests are welcome however, please remember this is an adults only party. Costumes are expected but not required.
Questions & other correspondence:
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The newest addition(s) to the skin I’m in started a long time ago in a School of Advertising Art classroom not so far away. Flashback to 1990—the world was a much different place. We watched as the Berlin Wall crumbled, the first pictures from the Hubble space telescope shot back to Earth and the internet became available for public use.
One of our saa assignments was an illustration project. For my subjects I chose these two remarkable looking American Indians. Every since these pieces have remained my favorite pencil illustrations.
Recently, I was speaking with my buddy Tom Davis about some new tats and showed him my Indian illustrations. We agreed they’d make a great pair of tattoos on the back of my calves. To date, Tom’s work has been more along the lines of traditional based tattoos rather than anything of a photo-realistic caliber. It forced him to work a bit outside of his comfort zone but I think that the results so far, speak for themselves.
Image Via: Tom Davis
This is the first of the two Indians and is still a work in progress. Each of the finished pieces will be black and sepia-toned with white highlights. More details and textures will be added on my next sitting. Eventually both Indians will be contained within ornate gold guilded oval frames—contrasting the cultures of the American Indian with that of the “white-man’s” society that places great art in ornate frames.
My friend, Brian Ward made an interesting comment that this Indian has gone through several layers of reproduction to end up on my leg. Beginning with the Indians themselves, the film negative from the original photo was imaged, then the film negs and printing plates made for the book were created. From there I illustrated them both and had photostats produced from which a digital photograph was taken. A digital print was then output and a tattoo stencil created to transfer the likeness onto my leg where Tom inked.
I’m super happy to show the completed work on my Tiki. I’d really grown accustomed to the black artwork, it’s a little odd to have color there but as you can see (despite the glare and bad photography) from the image below Tom has given me another wonderful piece of custom art. As always big props to Tom and his talents. If you’re thinking about a new tattoo I highly recommend his skills. Check out Tom’s web-site and other works here.
So I’m having lunch with my buddy Tom Davis the other day and we’re talking and I say “yea I’d really like to have a tiki tattoo on my left forearm at some point.” Come back from lunch, finish out the day and cruise through the evening, I awake the next morning to a text from Tom that says “so I awoke from my migraine coma and got energetic—the tiki is badass! If you dig it we can do it tonight.” Wow what a marvelous way to start the day—although it did seem to make yesterday take forever. I’ve been in a serious rut lately and definitely need something to help break me out. Sounds like Dr. Tom has prescribed new ink as the cure!
So—just as Tom said his sketch of the tiki is badass and we went ahead, despite several power flickers, and got the tattoo started. Last night we did all the line and shading work. We’ll let this heal out for a while and then come back in and add the colors soon. Check out the Flickr slideshow below or click on the photo to see my new tiki! Evil spirits be banished I now have my own personal tiki looking out for me!
As always much love to my buddy Tom and his wonderful drawing and tattooing skills! Stay tuned for part 2
Tom finished up the fourth and final sitting on my bull tattoo, which turned out wonderful. He added a beautiful orange glow behind the bull that I love. He also pulled the same orange color down into the negative areas of the roses at the bottom. I’m very pleased with the final product and can’t wait to see it heal out.
In addition to the bull Tom also re-colored the horseshoe and nautical star that he did on my inner left wrist this summer. Really a great improvement over how it looked previously. The lines are cleaner and more defined and the colors are much more vibrant.
Some really great artwork that I’m thrilled to have—Thanks so much Tom keep up the great work your skills are dramatically improving.
Actually part 3 of mess with the bull you get the horns.
A couple of weeks ago, Tom Davis did a bit more on my bull forearm piece. Still one more setting to go, a bit more color to be added but I really love the way it’s turning out and I’m excited to get it finished soon.
Actually part 2 of mess with the bull you get the horns.
Last night Tom did another sitting for me on the bull tattoo he started a week or so ago. This session we added the roses at the bottom. Five in all. No real significance, however the number five always seems to be around. At just over an hour and 20 minutes his line work and his speed seem to be improving.
Another piece in progress by Tom Davis worked on at Wells & Co. Tattoo in Vandalia.
This one a bull dedicated to by son Dallas. The piece will have a bottom border of 5 red roses added on the next setting as well as Dallas’ initials DH to look like a cattle brand where the rope breaks. The bull will be a heavy black with ochre highlights on the horns.
Tom really did a wonderful job of capturing that crazy look in the eye of the bull and that traditional styling I was looking for when he drew this piece out. His line work and skills are rapidly progressing. I’m super excited to see this bull finished out. It can’t happen soon enough. This tattoo works for me on a couple levels. #1—Dallas took up bull riding last year and this tattoo is meant to represent him, thus the sawed off horns on the bull, identifying him as a rodeo bull. #2—I was born on the cusps pf Taurus and Gemini, so it also has astronomical meaning for me as well.
Hello world what better way to announce your presence than with ink!
My Buddy Tom Davis has been apprenticing with Rev Chad Wells at his shop in Vandalia and needed a guinea pig to hone his craft on. Never one to duck a buddy in need or new ink I gladly hopped in the chair!
The idea was to create two “sister” type pieces on my inner wrists. Each containing the same color scheme and maintaining the same look and feel. I chose a horseshoe with a nautical star for my left wrist and the bird with a couple flowers and a banner carrying my daughter Bailey’s name. Tom did some shading on the horseshoe and went more towards a wash style but on touch-up the red horseshoe and nautical star will go to a more solid traditional look matching the bird more closely.
All-in-all a very productive set of sittings for Tom. Both pieces are healing out well and feel and look great. Tom has a nice soft touch and will be doing some amazing work in the near future. I know I’m already looking forward to my next Tom Davis original.
Special thanks to of course Tom for the ink and the artwork but also to Rev Chad Wells for allowing him to use the space and equipment to do the work.
You can also check out Tom’s side project getinkmidwest. Its a valuable resource if you are planning to get a new tattoo or if your just browsing. Many local artists and shops are featured.