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BTSOE: DON'T MISS OUT

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Please join us from September 18-20, at Mario Barth’s annual, “Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth”. This annual event attracts artists from all around the world and it will showcase the most talented artists in the arenas of black and grey and color tattoos. It’s one of the biggest shows in the circuit, and a show that you shouldn’t miss out on if you love the culture of tattoos and art.

With more than 40,000 attendees, over 1,000 featured artists and plenty of celebs, the stage is set for an experience which will also include appearances by Jeremy of Five Finger Death Punch, David Labreva (Happy from Sons of Anarchy) as well as DJ Colleen Shannon. We’ll see you all soon and you can click here for more information.

 

EVAN DUNHAM FOO DOG TATTOO

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New foo dog tattoo on Evan Dunham by Robert Pho

UFC fighter Evan Dunham stopped by a few weeks to get a new tattoo and here’s a flick of the finished piece. It’s always a pleasure to have him stop by the shop and if you’re a fan of the UFC then he needs to introduction .

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Throwback: A picture of Evan and artist Robert Pho at the older shop along with a pic of some older work.

DETAILS.

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The tattoo shown here features the level of attention that resident artist Andy Pho puts into each of his pieces. On the left is a full view of the military tattoo and to the right is a close up view.

What makes a good tattoo? Well there’s plenty of factors to consider including color saturation, shading,  realism and the artists ability to keep the proportions and perspectives of the subject being inked. But at the end of the day beauty is within the eye of the beholder, and your budget will also be a major consideration.

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At first glance, this piece brings a great level of realism and that’s because of the details. From his ability to make the rotors appear as if they’re in motion, to the shading which makes the copter appear as if it was creating dust bowls, it’s the details that draw it all together and make one collective piece.

 

WAR MEMORIAL TATTOO BY ANDY PHO

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Greg is a retired Air Force medic who wanted to get a memorial tattoo done.

Getting a military tattoo is a display of self-expression, and a symbol of  love for your country.  In addition, military tattoo designs are ones which commemorate a moment in time in which you and your fellow soldiers fought for your country, your unit as well as our freedom.

 

So when it came time for Greg to get his tattoo done, he chose a powerful scene, and opted to have Las Vegas tattoo artist, Andy Pho do all the work. While there’s still a session or so to go, we decided to post up a few preview pictures and we’ll have follow up shots of this tattoo once it’s all wrapped up.

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HOW GOOD IS YOUR TATTOO ARTISTS "WRAP AROUND" GAME?

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Sheriff Woody tattoo by Fernie Andrade

For most, getting a tattoo requires a lot of forethought and consideration. First you need to figure out what you’d like to get, then you need to find the appropriate reference photos and then decide where on your body you’d like to place it. From there, you need to find an artist and then you need to consider the placement of the piece in relationship to your bodies natural contours.

Now this is where it gets tricky. The body’s natural curves plays a vital role in how your tattoo will look and if the tattoo is a bit big for that area, some artists may suggest making your piece smaller, whereas an  experienced tattooist can typically work their magic. Regardless if  it’s on your wrist, ankle, ribcage or arm, it’s really important to make sure that your artist has a mean “wrap around” game.

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Take a look at how this tattoo wraps around the ankle. 

The ability to lay down a larger tattoo, and make it wrap around the natural contours of the body is what we call, “wrap around” game. While it may seem like an easy task, it really isn’t. The human body is full of contours, and a good tattooist should know how to make your piece look right.

Take for instance this Woody Sheriff tattoo that was done by Fernie Andrade. To have the tattoo wrap around the ankle may sound like an easy task, but it’s really not that simple. To be honest, the only thing that’s “easy” is the fact that it’ll be easy for a novice to jack up your tattoo, and leave you emotionally scarred with a tattoo that has bad and elongated proportions.

HORROR: CLOWN TATTOO.

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Here’s a progress shot of a clown themed tattoo being done on Monte by Robert Pho. 

Ever want a clown tattoo? I know I do. As little children, clowns brought us joy and memories of the circus and cotton candy, but those sweet memories slowly transcended into ones more associated with hamburgers and Happy Meals – thanks to Ronald McDonald. Then as we enter adulthood, something strange happens, and clowns become an entity that strikes fear in our minds and terrifies us beyond belief.

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Who knows? Maybe it has something to do with being old enough to watch horror movies that triggers and introduces this fear. I remember growing up watching Magic with Anthony Hopkins, and there was something frightening and eerie about that mannequin…..but it was nothing, compared to that f*ckin clown in IT from Stephen King.

Again, I can’t pinpoint the actual cause, but maybe it has to do with the fact that behind the mask and suit is a person with evil intentions.  Regardless, my fear of them has slowly evolved into an obsession with them. They’re powerful, mysterious, incredibly freakish and you yet there’s something intriguing and ironic about something so evil always smiling and never breaking character.

Right? When have you ever seen a clown not happy?

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That said, this clown themed tattoo done by Robert Pho is an incredible piece that’ll have you mesmerized and we’ll have more pictures of this clown sleeve shortly. It’s still a work in progress and we’ll have the final pictures, as well as the full story behind this theme shortly. On another note, if you’ve ever seen the gangster themed leg sleeve that we previously featured, well he’s the same owner of this sleeve so you already know that this is going to be one hell of a body suit once it’s all buttoned up.

LAS VEGAS LETTERING & SCRIPT TATTOOS BY VANDAL

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Script and lettering tattoos will never go out of style….so long as you get the right style. 

Getting a tattoo of the name of a loved typically serves as a marker in life. Whether it symbolizes loyalty to a loved one, or doubles as a memorial for one who’s passed away, these tattoos may be small but they’re significant and powerful. When getting one of the script pieces done you always have to make sure that you choose an artist who’s good with type or typography.

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Resident artist, Vandal, has a lot of different styles but his script and letters have become his speciality. 

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Resident Vegas tattoo artist, Vandal, has a lot of different styles but his script and letters have become his speciality.

 It’s not uncommon for these smaller tatts to be a Las Vegas favorite. We’ve had a ton of clients come in to get smaller pieces done. From script, lettering to little butterflies we’ve done it all. We’ve seen couples  come in, groups of friends, and one time we had a group of 14 come in to get the same tattoo.

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Some artists use stencils, some do freehand, but the authenticity of the script can always be told by purists so choose wisely. Besides, you’ll be wearing this artistic endeavor for the rest of your life so take your time. If you’re in or around the Vegas area be sure to stop by to get a free consultation….or just come by one of the most highly-rated tattoo shops in Nevada.

COVER UP TATTOO SPECIALIST: ANDY PHO

“A good tattoo aint cheap, and a cheap tattoo ain’t good.”

We’ve all heard those infamous words time and time again, yet every second there’s someone out there who learns the hard way. It’s a slogan that that can be applied to just about every industry and this here is a prime example of what a scratcher will give ya.

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Pictured here is the tattoo of a client name Robert and here’s how the story goes. Robert asked around if anyone knew someone who could tattoo and his one friend had mentioned that he “knew a guy”. Needless to say, “that guy” tattooed Robert out of his house for a “good deal”, and after sitting down with him and showing him reference photos, the guy began to freehand the piece and 5 hours later Rob “freaked out” and left.

A little under a week later, Robert stopped by our shop for a free consultation with resident artist Andy Pho. After examining the tattoo and seeing his reference photos, Andy had suggested that he get some laser tattoo removal done to lighten up the piece, but the client declined saying, “[He] wanted it covered it asap.”

That said, Andy booked him for the next available opening and got to work. For starters, Andy wanted to cover up the tattoo with a larger piece and he began by drawing the basic shapes of the new armor. Once he outlined the basic shaped, he followed up by doing in and putting in all the details of the armored shield.

Though far from done, the results thus far are pretty incredible and it’s definitely a great example of what can be achieved if you do a cover up tattoo with an artist who has the creative vision and artistic prowess to get your goals done.

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More will be added to this piece but this is a progress shot of what’s been done so far. Again, if you’re looking for a cover up tattoo, then be sure to get an artist with experience doing cover them. You must also make sure to view a portfolio of their past work because if they don’t have pictures of actual examples to show you then take a walk because the proof is in the pudding.

On that note, ghappy hunting for a tattoo artist that’ll best suit your style and budget, and please remember to catch a budget and break bread because once again, “Good tattoos ain’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

We’ll have updates and more pics as it develops.

KHMER TATTOOS: ROBERT PHO

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Khmer style tattoos or Cambodian art have become increasingly popular. 

Tattoos of Cambodian or Asian influence are strikingly detailed and exotic. They are beautiful, enticing, provocative and mysterious in ways that have increased their popularity, and the deep-seated history behind the art is rich with cultural heritage.

Stretching back centuries, the history of Cambodian art spans many mediums which includes symbolic artifacts as well as textiles, stone-carving and wat murals. Beginning in the mid-20th century, a tradition of modern art began in Cambodia, though in the later 20th century both traditional and modern arts declined for several reasons, including the killing of artists by the Khmer Rouge.

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Some photos of Robert Pho working on his brother Andy. This is the beginning of a full body suit tattoo which will be sure to please. 

 

The height of Khmer art occurred during the Angkor period; much of the era’s stone carving and architecture survives to the present. In pre-colonial Cambodia, art and crafts were generally produced either by rural non-specialists for practical use or by skilled artists producing works for the Royal Palace. In modern Cambodia, many artistic traditions entered a period of decline or even ceased to be practiced, but the country has experienced a recent artistic revival as the tourist market has increased and governments and NGOs have contributed to the preservation of Cambodian culture.

To continue the tradition of this history and art, Khmer tattoos of this nature also happens to be a specialty art here at Skin Design Tattoos. While our founder Robert Pho, is a specialist in portraits, one of his passions are Khmer tattoos, and his ability to recreate these visual masterpieces become quite evident in the display of his work.

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Some of Robert Pho’s work. To view his full gallery and bio click here

 

Whether it be black and gray tattoos, or even paintings, his passion for his heritage and cultural artifacts is one he studies with a passion. He studies the lines, mates them to the contours of your particular body parts and for over 20 years, his dedication to the art has become world-renowned and his artistry is one which is defined as art for “those in the know.”

Void of mainstream commercialism and ad hype, Robert Pho has become a gem for those who know of his work. With a current waiting list of roughly 6-months his clientele spans all across the world and his work is one which is easily appreciated and respected.

 

THE TATTOO CHIEF FEATURE ON ROBERT PHO.

 

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You can view the full feature by clicking here 

The online site Tattoo Chief did a short Q&A with artist Robert Pho. Be sure to stop by their site to view the article and upload a few of your pieces while your there. Thanks Ryan.