Here is a tattoo that I did this week at the shop. It’s a perfect example of how to turn an existing design or illustration into a tattoo image. Initially, there was some hesitation about posting this because in general, we don’t encourage people to bring us artwork that isn’t already a ‘tattoo design’. More times than not they are expecting us to make their tattoo look like an oil painting, or a color photograph, or something other than a tattoo, which is obviously the exact opposite of what we are doing at Smith Street. But in this case, the customer was interested in having the artwork he brought to me translated into a ‘tattoo design’. In other words, he allowed me to turn it into a classic looking pin-up tattoo instead of asking me to just reproduce this album cover on his arm. So in the end it was a success because the customer was willing to just let his tattoo be a tattoo.
Thanks for looking. -Steve Boltz
Bert and Eli just got back from visiting Luckys tattoo museum down in Largo Florida. If you are ever in the area you should definitely stop by and check this spot out. They have an amazing collection of tattoo memorabilia. thanks to Jimmy, Toby , Sal and everyone at Luckys for taking such good care of us !
Jimmys dog Diamond sitting on a chair that belonged to Paul Rogers.
This is a prototype of a Charlie Wagner shader Bert is doing with Luckys . He should have a couple of these ready in the next couple of weeks. Available only thru him and Luckys. You can email Bert if you would like to get one.
Our good buddy Norm will be guesting at Smith Street for a few days this week. Norm works with Bob and Charlie Roberts at the World Famous Spotlight Tattoo in Los Angeles, owns and operates Will Rise Tattoo in LA, and just generally kills it internationally. He still has a couple openings if you’re looking to get an appoinment with him. Below is a flyer Norm made with the dates and contact info:
Starting this Saturday Bert will be at Smith Street 3 days a week . Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays . Walkups welcome !
‘I’ve been having a steady run of girlhead and pin-up tattoos..7 in a row this week. Here are a few of the 2o or so i did this month..no joke. Im not complaining though.’
So We got snowed in big time today in NYC. An opportunity to make a new blog post which led to some desktop spring cleaning, which resulted in the following ‘desktop soup’ of photos from perhaps the last year or more.. Thanks for looking.
————————————————————————————————————————————————-And some spiders, bugs, flys, etc..This first one from Eli Quinters:
————————————————————————————————————————————————And a Scorpion like critter from Dan Santoro:
————————————————————————————————————————————————A close up of a sheet of flash from Steve Boltz:
————————————————————————————————————————————————-Some close-ups from Bert Krak:
—————————————————————————————————————————————————-And a couple more from Dan Santoro:
These new prints are actually from a painting I did a few years ago. Its one of my favorite paintings and actually hangs in my bedroom. The print is 18″x24″ . Thanks for looking.
Here are a few smaller tattoos that bert did . The prisoner of love tattoo is on steve z, from Vans. The crybaby is on poodle, a very close friend of the shop who sports multiple tattoos from everyone here at Smith Street The rose and skull are on 2 different clients that came from spain to get tattooed at Smith Street .
New set from Bert Krak and Eddy Deutsche. 5 sheets, 11×14 , on cardstock
120$ shipped in the US. Email email@example.com if you would like to get a set.
Here are five great tattoos from Dan. He’s got a knack for making small, simple tattoo ideas really interesting and super solid and strong. Laser-Proof tattoos from Smith Street.