huh. apparently it’s bird week.
in other news…. i think the time has come to talk about pet portraits. don’t stress out, i’m not dumping them. but this relationship needs a “state of the union” address. this day has been coming for a long time.
somewhere along the line, and i’m still not sure where or how, my professional reputation became cast as the “dog/cat portrait guy.” i think i did a few earlier on in my career that stood out a little from my other stuff, and then people started asking for them all the time, and now it has snowballed into a near-monstrosity. these days i can’t do a convention or go anywhere without someone asking for tattoo of their cat or something.
now, don’t get me wrong… i don’t mind. i value the interests of my clients and am honored that people seek me out for anything at all, so i’m not complaining. really, i’m not. BUT, i would like for people to know that just because there are animal portraits everywhere in my portfolio, it’s not necessarily what i want to be tattooing all the time. i can do other stuff too, and would embrace any opportunity to do different things….. i just don’t get asked for most of that other stuff.
it’s weird for me to look through other tattooer’s portfolios, chock full of skulls and japanese sleeves and various other classics, because i see all of that work and i’m like “fuck, where do they get these customers and how come i don’t get to do this stuff?!?” clearly, as it has been for the rest of my life, everyone else is in on something i’m not. while everyone else is doing full-torso dragons, badass wolves and bert grimm flash, i sit in my rainy corner of the world doing….uh…. cats.
up to three a week.
perhaps it’s just what i’m best at, and i need to accept my lot in life. or maybe i need to stop doing them altogether. i don’t really like either of those options. but, i do feel a certain need for growth and progression within my work, and at this point i don’t think pet portraits are helping me to get better. so, i think i’d just like to invite people to help push me in new directions with their requests, and try not to base them totally off of what they’ve already seen in my book. there’s a lot of stuff out there i want to do that i haven’t even scratched the surface of, so don’t be shy, folks. get at me with the japanese work and old school traditional and snakes and lady-heads, it’ll be awesome.
for everyone else, don’t worry. i’ll still do your dogs and cats and bunnies, and they’ll still be awesome…. because once in a while i like my job to be easy-ish. but don’t expect much for new pictures of this stuff. i’m gonna try and have this one be the last for a while: