Monday, January 14, 2013

INK WORK feat. Kong from theKONGBLOG™

[My arm-piece is an "original" Paul Booth design but my name, lightning bolts, cloudy mist & tribal band were all designed by Me, Myself & I]

My fascination & passion for tattoos began when I started attending New York Hardcore shows. The band members & their loyal "underground" fans had some of the craziest, sickest -most detailed tattoos I've ever seen in my life. In fact, they are some of the sickest artwork & tats I've ever seen 'til this very day!

Paul Booth
of Last Rites-Dark Images
My very first tat was done up in college w/ my best bud — we both agreed to get them together and went to the most popular tattoo parlor in Albany. I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon a Paul Booth design — the Michael Jordan of Tattoo Artists, in the artist's portfolio.

2 & 1/2 hours later...I had an iconic Paul Booth demon-skull ripping out of my was the very first of many to come.

Honestly, I feel like I lucked-out w/ my very first ink job because many people or should I say –victims, regret their first tattooed. And so, my advice is to always do your research on what you want, the tattoo artists and the tattoo parlor — very important.) 

No worries if it didn't come-out elaborate or perfect, appointment for adding colors, shading, touch-up's, etc. are all part of tattooing... ...hopefully, your next won't have to be cover-up. 


Once upon a time... Mom discovered my first tattoo (my Paul Booth tat) when I was washing the dishes -of all places. She became curious after snooping around — finding tons of tattoo magazines in my parents' their basement. 

One day, I came back home from college -during the holidays, and lent a helping hand by washing the dishes (my parents taught me well). Anyways, she kept creeping around the kitchen (looking back on it, it was so obvious) and to my surprise, she scared the living-sh*t-out-of-me by lifting-up the sleeve on my baggy see, I planned to rock baggy gear for the rest of my life when I'm around them to hide my tats....but to no avail.

Why did my Mom fall to her knees — literally breaking down in tears and cried-out in total and utter despair, "My son is in a gang {SOB} MY SON IS IN A GANG!!" (Come to think-of-it, it was a Drama Queen act of the most dramatic proportions...tactics deployed by women through-out ancient history.) 

[One of My Favorite, Most Talented Tattoo Artist: Cheeky @ CUTTING  EDGE BODY ARTS  in the Village]

[RIP WTC 9 11 01 (Close-up)]

[RIP WTC 9 11 01]

INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: I made a pact w/ myself to only get tattoos when something eventful happens in my life — whether positive or negative.

I can not lie, the tragic events of 9/11 did shape and transform my life after surviving the horrific day and harrowing events thereafter — and so, I decided to personally design a 9/11 bar-code and the Juggernaut in memory of September 11th, 2001.

[My back-piece was originally drawn by Todd McFarlane; the Michael Jordan of Comic Book artists in 1991. Spider-Man #16 issue depicts the super-villan: JUGGERNAUT -(an unstoppable force & arch-enemy of the X-Men) rising from the ashes & debris after the World Trade Center had collapsed on top of him]

[Outline of the Juggernaut - 2 & 1/4 hours]

[Intricate details & shading done by Cheeky - 2 & 1/2 hours - Taken by a 35mm camera]

[Cheeky begins work on the next phase...]

More pain & suffering to come... be continued.

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