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09:02 AM
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It's not uncommon for tattooers to offer free tattoos to clients who are willing to take or to leave the design presented by the artist, and with free rein, he or she is able to experiment and evolve a personal tattoo style. It's this process -- and trust -- that is often cited when talking about tattooing rising to the level of "a fine art."

Tattooer Roddy McLean of Timeless Tattoo in Glasgow, Scotland is skilled in a variety of tattoo genres, although particularly influenced by Japanese traditions in his tattooing. However, when he wanted to create tattoo designs based around the concept of "dissolution," and put into skin the drawings he had been doing of dissolving images, Roddy decided that he would offer one free tattoo a month through the year to clients willing to accept, as is, his artwork on their bodies. Roddy explains, "By doing this it gives me a break from being the dancing monkey that tattooing makes you." And clients jumped at the chance. He's already booked every month until the end of the year.

The tattoos shown here are part of Roddy's dissolution project. Check more on his blog.

Roddy also put together a video art project, shown below, which explores dissolution themes and also offers a glimpse into the tattoo process of the sleeve featured in this post.

01:17 PM
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We just got into beautiful Cobh in County Cork, Ireland for the Traditional Tattoo & World Culture Festival this weekend, and the artists are all artists pouring in. Just saw the wonderful Colin Dale of Skin & Bone Tattoo in Denmark, whose Nordic dotwork is spectacular. We also got to hang with Cammy of Divine Canvas on the flight over from Edinburgh, Scotland. [Air Lingus unintentionally(?) grouped the tattooed freaks together on the plane, so the party has started early.]

Brian and I decided to fly into Edinburgh, Scotland for a couple days of sightseeing before the fest and on our itinerary was Red Hot & Blue Tattoo, Paul Slifer's shop, which is home to a number of stellar tattooists. [Paul's work is shown above]

Ok, when I visit tattoo studios and I'm not getting tattooed, I never want to take artists' time away from work and nerd out on them, but the Red Hot & Blue crew were so gracious with my geekiness. Jason aka Zig Zag, had just finished a piece, so he had time to chat and we got to look through all their great portfolios, so I wanted to give a shout out to the shop and say thanks for the hospitality.

Here are just snippets of work from the Red Hot & Blue artists.

jason aka zig zag.jpgHand tattoo by Jason, aka Zig Zag, of Red Hot & Blue Tattoo.

Ian red hot and blue tattoo.jpgBackpiece by Ian McAlister, Red Hot & Blue Tattoo, Edinburgh.

sarah red hot and blue tattoo.jpgSarah Schor tattoo, Red Hot & Blue Tattoo, Edinburgh.
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