The Ink and Paint Club: A Look at Illustration on Far Ends of the Spectrum

The Ink and Paint Club:  A Look at Illustration on Far Ends of the Spectrum

Out of all my influences, the ones that impacted me the most were also my earliest: Walt Disney and Norman Collins, aka “Sailor Jerry”. I grew up on Disney animation, obviously, didn’t we all? But the first tattoo I ever saw was my Uncle Ricky’s authentic pin-up girl, whom he named “Cherry”. She was topless, and I was six- it was a magical time. My Ma gave Uncle Ricky an earful for that one, but it had a lasting and profound effect on me- which remains, to this day.

I often try to find some way to combine these influences in my work. Whether it’s making a movie extra look a little more rough around the edges, or just restyling some of my all-time favorite characters- these two artists continue to shape my life. To most, it seems strange that such different illustrators would serve as a source of inspiration for me. There is a lot of overlap between the two, however. Their lives and styles have helped to shape the artist that I have become.

sailor jerryTo begin with, although it make not seem like it, these two men had a lot of similarities. They were both illustrators who achieved monumental success and worldwide recognition. Both men were hard workers, both led interesting lives, and both made a name for themselves by reinventing the industry that each belonged to. Walt Disney and Sailor Jerry’s names became synonymous with the fields that they worked in, and they drew their inspiration from all over the world. They led incredible lives, and managed to change future generations for years to come.

As far as artwork goes, very few modern and post-modern artists have achieved the level of status and success that these men achieved. It may not be the Mona Lisa, but neither man was going for great, classical work. Both Disney and Jerry wanted their art to be entertaining, fun, and something that people could love in their everyday lives. The style of Sailor Jerry tattoos continues to be a staple in the industry even today, and no man in the United States is known for doing more for the tattoo industry than he is. Not only did he create his inspired designs- made famous by the navy sailors who wore them, but he also revolutionized the tattoo industry. He expanded pigments and colors in a way that hadn’t been done before, and was the first to utilize sterilization methods such as single-use needles that have become industry standard today.

walt disneyWalt Disney may not have been a tattoo artist, but he also broke new ground in many respects. He was an entrepreneur, filmmaker, businessman, and cartoonist. Sure, cartoons were made before Disney burst onto the scene- and animals were often personified. Yet no man, before or since, has done more for the American animation industry. He was the innovator behind many animation techniques used today, as well as theme-park design. His characters were and continue to be so entertaining, they are tattooed as often as Sailor Jerry’s aloha monkey, or Japanese dragon. He turned drawing basic cartoons into a true art form, one that has inspired many, like myself, ever since.

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Why I Never Grew Up

Why I Never Grew Up

It seems pretty obvious, being a tattoo guy- that I never really grew up. I don’t hold a ‘real’ job, as my Pops would say, and most days I spend lounging in my chair. I don’t put on a uniform, I spend a good portion of my work hours just talking to random people, and of course, I draw a lot of cartoons. But it’s really all part of the gig- that’s what being a tattoo artist who specializes in cartoon tattoos entails, I suppose.

disney tattooIn particular, I tend to go for classic characters that are easily recognizable. What can I say? I’m a grown man who loves cartoons. And hey- it sure as hell beats drawing guns and gang symbols across people’s bodies. A tattoo should be something that you love well enough to take with you your entire life- too many people get tattoos in the moment, like they have something to prove, and end up regretting it later. I prefer to do work that’s comical, and enjoyable. I want my work to bring a smile to people’s faces. Not to mention, I’ve been watching and drawing cartoons all my life, so this career choice was more of a continuation of work I had already been doing.

I never really grew up, if you stop to think about it. My childhood love of cartoons just evolved into something else. So in reality, I never have to grow up, I just have to continue to love what I am doing. Nowadays, I do all kinds of work- I don’t just limit myself to Disney. I’ve also done characters from Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and DreamWorks, although Disney has always been my first love. Typically, artists such as myself, don’t do exact reproductions of cartoon characters, due to trademark and copyright issues. Therefore, I’ve had to expand my horizons in order to pay bills. However, for clients who have gotten special permission from these companies and their affiliates, I’m happy to deliver the best quality.

disney tattoo 002Also, I happen to work for Disney, which aids in the whole ‘not growing up’ thing. Specifically, I work in Studio Light and Magic, which does a lot of Disney’s live productions. I serve as a makeup artist, and are one of the many crews that get to work on actors and extras in films. It’s a lot like theatre work, and it gives me an opportunity to get really creative with people. Plus, when the makeup is done, the actors go out and do their thing, which leaves me and my crew free to roam the studio lots- encouraging my sense of adventure. It’s a blast, running around, drawing and painting. Then, when I’m not directly working for Disney, I’m being that rebellious tattoo artist my dad is still coming to terms with.

But really, with a job like mine, who needs to grow up? I certainly don’t. Instead, I get to spend my days hanging out with my favorite characters, while exploring movie magic and animation. It’s a blast, and I have a great time- that’s really what surviving as an adult is all about in the end.

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A New Look for Disney

A New Look for Disney

I recently caught a look at artist Emmanuel Viola’s Disney Princesses makeover, and fell in love all over again. Most guys won’t admit to finding female cartoon characters hot, but no one can deny that Disney has designed some pretty girls in the past. Viola has revamped their style to give them a modern, edgy look- leaving them only slightly reminiscent of their classic counterparts. These cartoon lady posters come complete with facial piercings and tattoos- an idea I can totally get behind.

The Ladies:

In his pieces, Emmanuel features many of the classic Disney Princesses, including Cinderella and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, as well as some more modern favorites, such as Belle and Jasmine. The ‘hipster Jasmine’ is my personal favorite, with her matching set piercings and blue-tipped dyed hair. All the cartoon women sport tattoos with unforgettable supporting characters from the movies, including: Chip, Flounder, Dopey, that tricky Glass Slipper, and the Genie. A whole new side to these classic characters is revealed. Each leading lady is drawn with pouty lips and bursting bosoms- leaving you feeling more like you’re sneaking a peak at your dad’s old pin-up magazines, rather than the heartfelt animations your mom used to let you watch.

hipster jasmineNot that I’m complaining. While there is nothing too risqué about these particular portraits, they definitely toe the line between naughty and nice. I was always a fan of mermaid Ariel, but she manages to flash some of her human legs in aquamarine daisy dukes, and seafoam thigh-high stockings. I much prefer Viola’s tough-girl rendition of Snow White, flashing a blue corset and an (awesome) poisoned apple tattoo, while sipping on some fresh apple juice. These 21st century girls come stock with gauges, beauty spots, and plenty of attitude, while still retaining the Disney nuance that made them the girls we know and love today.


Emmanuel’s recent work has become so popular, it inspired DesignCrowd to launch a contest for its users to find their own to grunge-out and hipsterize their favorite Disney characters. While these entries contain more moustaches, hats, and suspenders than I can to count, I do applaud the effort. I think it’s great to see how other people can reimagine the character we all know and love, in creative and exciting ways. I still respond to Viola’s digital graphic work though, as he and I share a similar sense of style. I’ve been a fan of his stuff for a while, as his renditions of celebrated characters take on a whole new life.

You check out his work sometime, when you have a free moment- you won’t be disappointed. Between a barely clad Mario Princess and Lara Croft, as well as a sexy Daenerys Targaryen, I’m sure you could easily find a favorite. Viola is still continuing his Disney work though, and his portraits also include a topless Buzz Lightyear (if you’re into that sort of thing), a gothic Maleficent, a frustrated Rapunzel, and even a brand new Elsa, from Frozen. This has inspired me to create a new collection- see what it does for you.

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Can Your Tattoos Look Better If You Lose Weight?

Can Your Tattoos Look Better If You Lose Weight?

One of the biggest issues that many people have with their tattoos is that they will look rather unusual if they don’t take care of their bodies. In particular, it is rather easy for anyone to gain weight with age. The body’s metabolic functions aren’t able to run as well as usual after a while, thus making it harder for anyone to lose weight.

This can be rather bothersome for those with tattoos. If a person becomes overweight then it will be rather easy for a tattoo on any part of one’s body to look unusual. It can cause many problems:

• Weight gain can cause a tattoo to stretch out in some cases. That is, the artistic flourishes or text features of a tattoo might end up stretching out to some spots.
• The quality of the ink may be ruined in some cases. Fat gain can cause the ink particles to separate from one another. This can especially be problematic for women who gain weight during a pregnancy but anyone could experience this problem.
• Colors in a tattoo might also fade out. This is especially if the tattoo stretches out too far.

In most cases people get their tattoos before they start to gain weight. They know that these tattoos will make their bodies look more attractive. Still, there are often times when weight gain will become inevitable due to aging, injury or other commonplace considerations in one’s life.

Naturally, the best thing for people to do in order to make their tattoos look better is to lose weight. This is a sensible and easy to understand pointer but the problem is that sometimes weight loss is not good enough with regards to what can be done in order to fix issues with a tattoo.

tattooed womanTattoos can look better after a while but there are a few pointers to think about:

• People who lose a few pounds on average will not have to worry about dealing with substantial changes to their tattoos. This is because of the lack of stress on the area that the tattoo is located on.
• Larger amounts of weight loss will impact tattoos that are highly detailed because of the skin starting to compress over time. Tattoos that are not all that detailed will not bear with this issue.
• Those who experience dramatic weight loss in a short period of time will typically dealt with the biggest problems. People who lose weight either due to an illness or bariatric surgery will typically deal with sagging skin on various parts of their bodies.

People who lose weight with traditional diets may not have to worry about their tattoos wearing out. For instance, people who use Nutrisystem coupons from will not be at risk of their tattoos looking worse because they will lose weight in a gentle manner.

Overall, tattoos that might have been acquired before gaining weight can look awkward after all those extra pounds come onto one’s body. However, tattoos can look better after losing weight. Still, it is critical to watch for how the body is able to lose all that weight over an extended period of time.

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People Love To Show Off Their Tattoos On Instagram

People Love To Show Off Their Tattoos On Instagram

Have you ever taken a look at some of those amazing Disney tattoos that people often get? No matter where they are on one’s body or what types of characters they might feature, these tattoos can really be good crowd-pleasers.

Many people will go to social media sites to showcase those tattoos. Instagram is one such place that people will show off those tattoos at. This site hosts all sorts of tattoo pictures including ones that feature some of the most appealing Disney characters and symbols around.

Instagram is a popular social media site that places a strong emphasis on pictures above else. People often post shots of their lives onto Instagram. Businesses also use it to highlight products or to buy followers on Instagram as needed. This is an amazing place for people to show off their Disney tattoos at thanks to many big factors.

It’s Easier To Show Off Stuff

What good is talking about a new tattoo you have if you don’t have pictures to back it up? You can get on Instagram to post pictures of your tattoos for all to check out. You just have to go on the site and then upload a picture you took with your smartphone, tablet or other digital camera that you can link onto your computer. It’s not all that hard for you to get a picture onto Instagram.

You Can Easily Write Descriptions

instagram-tattooYou can quickly get a description of your tattoo onto the side of your Instagram post as well. You can always post a text description of what your tattoo features, where it is on your body and why you opted to get this particular tattoo. You can say anything you want on this part of your Instagram site. If you explain your tattoo well enough to anyone then you’ll certainly prove to people just why it is so important to you.

Tattoo Artists Can Show Their Work Too

Many tattoo artists that create these tattoos can also get permission from the people who receive them to have these fine works of body art posted onto their Instagram pages. Tattoo artists will often post images of their work onto Instagram to show off their skills and explain how they get the job done.

Some tattoo artists can also buy followers on Instagram because if they worked well enough to buy followers on Instagram then they would have a rather easy time with marketing themselves. They’ll easily show just how versatile their work can be and how they will cater to the whims of anyone who is looking to get some fine tattoos. Of course, the work that these people do will often speak for itself.

Disney tattoos can so amazing and personal that they are things that are worth sharing with others. Instagram makes it very easy for people to show off their unique Disney tattoos and to explain just why they are so interested in having them. This is a truly fascinating point that is worth exploring in any case no matter what type of Disney tattoo one wants to show off to the rest of the world.

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