Steve has been hard at work, with most of his days barely granting enough time for breaks between tattoos. Here are a couple of recent photos that he’s snapped with his phone.
(Thanks, Wikipedia!:) Peonies are a common subject in tattoos, often used along with koi-fish. The popular use of peonies in Japanese tattoo was inspired by the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s illustrations of the Suikoden, a serialized novel from China. His paintings of warrior-heroes covered in pictorial tattoos included lions, tigers, dragons, koi fish, and peonies, among other symbols. The peony became a masculine motif, associated with a devil-may-care attitude and disregard for consequence.
But the above client chose a peony for her tattoo simply because she loves them. Which is sometimes the best reason in choosing a tattoo!
These trains are pictured after their second session, and they have one more to go for color. The client sits like a rock, for hours without movement or complaint. Oh, and he happens to be an incredibly nice guy as well.
While Steve is typically booked out for about 3 weeks, and his days are jam-packed, he just had a cancelation for this Friday. If you’d like to come in and be tattooed by the man, give the shop a call! 978.744.9393