Tattoo Geeks | Geek Tattoos

Ink Nerd meets Red Rocket

Ok, finally, here are the “in progress” shots of the now-two-week-old triceratops skull tattoo; lots more after the jump…

Mike Bellamy tattooing Josh.
Mike Bellamy of Red Rocket Tattoo giving me the business (photo by Amy).

Josh's blank arm the night before the tattoo session.
The obligatory “before” shot (photo by Amy).

Mike Bellamy's triceratops skull tattoo design
Mike’s design, scaled and trimmed to fit my arm. We wound up enlarging it once because I wanted it a little bigger than his first size estimate. He was happy to oblige.

Mike tattooing Josh.
Mike steadily working through the outline (photo by Amy).

Incomplete outine
Mike took this photo during a break, relatively early on. You can see the purple stencil where I haven’t been inked yet.

Mike tattoing josh.
Mike continues the outline (photo by Amy).

Complete triceratops tattoo outline
The completed outline. Is that badass, or what?! (photo by Amy)

Triceratops skull tattoo in progress.
The skull is finished, now work on the greenery begins (photo by Mark).

I didn’t get any action shots between the previous shot and the next; Amy and Mark had to go back to work, and Mike and I both had to concentrate hard to get through the last 2 hours of the session (total needling time was just over 4 hours).

There was some bleeding and grimacing on my part (you don’t want to see pictures of that, anyway, right?), but I tried to at least sit still and not audibly whimper. It was really cool, though, to see it all come together.

posing for photos
Posing for portfolio photographs (photo by Mike).

All in all, it was a really amazing experience. I was so thrilled with Mike’s custom design; he really captured every element that I wanted, but made it his own. I had been trying not to imagine what the design might look like, since I didn’t want to be disappointed, but he exceeded expectations! His friendly, low-key demeanor was really calming. Most of the session didn’t even hurt too badly; the sensation was almost therapeutic (at least at first).

The bottom line, however, is that I love this tattoo, and am proud to wear it. Thanks, Mike; I hope to work with you again soon!

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4 responses

  1. I really enjoyed your site… I will visit often. Thanks

    April 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

  2. Josh

    Thanks, Lynn! I guess that means I should post something soon…

    April 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm

  3. Pingback: NERD TATTOOS… UR DOIN IT WRONG « Ink Nerd

  4. Great ink dude – I have been to RR a few times – great bunch of guys there

    March 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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