Like Spawn #1’s and Superman #75’s, it seems like every comics fan out there has a comic or comic-themed tattoo. From the logo of their favourite character to full out sleeves and portraits, inking ones self with comics is probably one of the top choices for tattoo collectors and artists alike.
I grew up in the tattoo world. My friend’s mom happend to own one of the premiere tattoo shops in Toronto, so we spent many evenings and weekends hanging out at the shop. Since my artistic skills were non-existent, I took up the role of canvas as two of my friends honed their skills and became extremely well regarded tattooists in their own rights.
When it comes to comics tattoos, much like any other style of art, I’ve seen some incredible work and some absolutely horrid pieces. So, as someone who has some experience in these matters, let me give you a few words of advice should you be looking to get a tattoo, comic-themed or otherwise:
Know Your Artist. Like any medium or artists, tattooists have different strengths and styles that they work in. Be sure and check out portfolios, websites and other works by any artist to find the one that best suits the piece you would like.
Be Flexible. Unfortunately, not every awesome image works as a tattoo. An artist worth their mettle will take what you would like and design a piece around it based on what works best as a tattoo. For example, I love Jim Lee’s art, but much of it is very detailed. Copying one of his works might not work well for a tattoo, especailly with the passage of time. Remember, the artist wants the piece to look just as good as you do. No tattooist wants to put their name on something that’s going to end up looking bad.
Don’t Price Match. Shopping around for tattoos based on price rarely (if ever) works out well. Yes, your friend’s brother will do your tattoo in his garage for $50 less than the shop down the street, but keep in mind that this is something that will be with you forever. You want the best possible piece done by the most professional artist. Not to mention the health concerns that can factor into “amateur” tattooing. Always remember: Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.
So there you go. Happy inking and yes, before you ask, I do have a comic tattoo. Ask me about it sometime and I’ll be happy to show you.
Today’s page has been permanently applied to the internet by Andrew Huerta:
Born and raised in California, Andrew Huerta is a Hip-Hop head, visual artist and a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. While attending art school, he has worked for a number of clients such as IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Bloodbath Project, BOOM! Studios, Archaia Entertainment, Los Angeles Times and NYU Press.
Be good, my friends! With Before Watchmen kicking off this week it’s going to be a big one! See you back here Wednesday!