Portrait Tattoos


by Travie Grizzle on September 26, 2013

When it comes to color portraits and color realism, it doesn’t get much better than Roman Abrego aka RomanTattoos.  The owner of Artistic Element Tattoo in Yucaipa, California and Artistic Element 2 in Los Angeles, California, he splits his time between the two shops when he’s not on the road guesting at shops or tattooing [...]


Blue Woman

by Travie Grizzle on September 9, 2013

Deep, dark, beautiful, mysterious.  This woman is striking and captivating.  Nic Westfall tattooed this amazing portrait of a woman who is much more than meets the eyes.  The shading in this tattoo is fantastic and the use of blue as opposed to traditional black and grey for the portrait is a very daring choice.  The hood [...]


The Crown Prince of Conundrums

by Travie Grizzle on September 4, 2013

Who doesn’t love The Riddler?!  Well, I guess it’s more of a love to hate kind of relationship.  The Riddler first appeared in Detective Comics comic books in October 1948 and has been one of the most recognizable villains every since.  There is no denying what is about to happen when that cluster of question [...]


Kick-Ass Hit-Girl

by Travie Grizzle on August 15, 2013

You all love her, you all know her, but who ever thought about wearing her forever?!  Well, if you think this is a good idea, now you’re just a follower because Terry James recently completed this Kick-Ass character from the movies, Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. The tattoo flows beautifully and the expression on her face [...]


Artist Profile: Benjamin Laukis

by Travie Grizzle on August 9, 2013

Do yourself a favor and enlarge each of these images so that they fill your entire screen, you won’t be disappointed. You’ve been sleeping on Benjamin Laukis, I know you have.  Tattooing out of Pure Vision Tattoo in Melbourne, this humble, King of Ink is slowly making his mark on the tattoo culture all around [...]


Pacific Ink & Art Expo Recap

by Travie Grizzle on August 6, 2013

The Pacific Ink & Art Expo was the place to be this past weekend.  If you didn’t attend, allow me to give you a taste of what you missed.  Three days in Oahu, Hawaii, with some of the most famous artists in the entire world, at a tattoo and art convention that was more of [...]


Mr. Leonard Cohen

by Travie Grizzle on July 31, 2013

Smooth, soft shading and thick, heavy blacks give this piece great contrast.  Choosing to constrain this Leonard Cohen portrait to a rectangle make this piece really stand out among others.  Jay Quarles put his own spin on what most would have approached as a “normal portrait” in order to set his work apart.  He carefully [...]


New School Portraiture

by Travie Grizzle on July 23, 2013

Kobay Kronik was able to stop me dead in my tracks with this fantastically creative non-traditional portrait.  This bold approach to a portrait is very fresh and a pleasing to see.  Most portraiture artists are hyper-focused on nailing each aspect of the face, so much so that they forget to fill the rest of the [...]


Gorgeous No Matter What Color

by Travie Grizzle on July 16, 2013

This stunning tattoo was done by none other than the great Tony Mancia of Atlanta, GA.  Tony displays, in this tattoo, his dynamic ability to bring life and feeling to each piece of art he touches.  The emotion and feelings of this woman can be seen instantly as you look over the endless color variations [...]


Dali Sleeve

by Erin Peck on July 14, 2013

This amazing Dali sleeve is by artist Mike DeVries.   In addition to owning and operating MD Tattoo Studio in Northridge, California, and Memento Publishing Mike also keeps busy as co-owner of Stencil Stuff, which is a company that offers Stencil Stuff and Spray Stuff, products that aid artists in achieving better tattoo results.   Mike’s style [...]