OK, here are the pictures from my very first tattoo. Clint was a great sport about the whole thing and has actually said he wants me to do more for him...so I guess that's a good sign.
This is his tattoo that we are covering up. You can see the stencil that I layed over it. It's a pretty good size.
After the outline.
You can see where I crossed over the lines. Not a good thing. It's hard to see exactly where the needle is when you're going, so it's something that will come with practice. I'll get a feel for where my needle is - kind-of like how you know how wide you car is once you've driven it a little bit. You can also see towards the bottom lines of the cross where my hand was really shakey and also where I didn't put the needle down far enough.
Filling in the cross. Not so shakey and nervous anymore.
We stopped here for the night. Took three hours. Of course, a lot of fumbling with the gun in the beginning and a lot of breaks. :)
"Haziz - LIGHT!"
I needed more light so we clipped a little LED Flashlight to a baseball cap. Clever.
I was much more comfortable this time around, but I did fumble with the pedal a couple of times...again. But I found that I was much more aware of it.
Here it is...semi-final outcome. I already know that there are "ghosts" in the solid area and we are planning a third session after it's all healed up to touch it up a little. I think the red looks cool, but I wanted to add some shading in those areas to cover up more of the original tattoo. As is you can still see the black outlines through the red colors.
So, I'm very pleased with what I was able to do. Don't get me wrong, it could have been so much better if I had more practice. But I think for having 30 minutes of experience on a practice skin with a liner and no experience with shading or coloring in solid...I did pretty good. And, I do have to say that I think this is a HUGE improvement to what he had before! HAHA!