Archive for Black and Grey

Geometric Chest Tattoo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by adamlewistattoo

Geometric Chest Tattoo

A variation on a theme.. I didn’t do the numbers..


Geometric Patternwork Shoulder Tattoo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by adamlewistattoo

Geometric Patternwork Shoulder Tattoo

This was finished sometime last year – very much inspired by the work of Xed Le Head and Tomas Tomas.. Lots of fun

Curvilinear dotwork 3/4 sleeve

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by adamlewistattoo

Curvilinear dotwork 3/4 sleeve

This is a piece I did on my good friend Tamara last year. It doesn’t really fit into any particular style – I’ve just aimed for something interesting, beautiful and fresh without forgetting the rules..

Well heeled

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by adamlewistattoo

It’s been awhile since my last post; bloody busy!! Back on track now… Here’s some nice healed photos of Enrique’s arm (for a more long-winded explanation check out my earlier post!) Always good to see how stuff heals up and these came out pretty good I reckon…

More to come very soon

Wabbit Season

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 15, 2011 by adamlewistattoo

Did this cute little fucker on Maya today; loads of fun. She sat like a rock which always helps tremendously and I had a blast! I’m really enjoying doing animals in this kind of ‘semi-realistic’ style; trying to find a good balance between realism and the whole Chinese ‘capturing the essence’ of what your trying to represent thing – which obviously lends itself to tattooing… This was taken from a colour painting she brought me, but she asked for it in black and grey. I initially wanted to do it in colour because I honestly didn’t have much of a clue how I was gonna tackle it in black and grey, but I think it came out pretty sweet… I used what I call pigment greys (mixed with white) rather than grey washes, I like the ‘textured’ look the white gives (initially at least!) and it creates a slightly different look compared with grey wash stuff; it’s nice to have a mix of both in a piece too, stops it from flattening out I guess… Hopefully get a healed photo in time; will be nice to see it healed – it’s certainly a bit bloody here!! More like this please!!

Careful with that rotary…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by adamlewistattoo

Here’s some nice healed pics of a geometric piece I did on Ayhan (; who’s gonna design my website yay!  Took fucking ages as this style demands but I had a lot of fun doing it – good conversation always helps too! Obviously nothing that hasn’t been done before but like I say; you gotta know the rules before you can break them..

That’s kinda my thing right now actually – learning the rules – I think it’s important to have a solid foundation in whatever creative pursuit you engage in, be it tattooing; music; design, whatever! Otherwise you’re doomed to repeat what others have already done; whilst believing yourself to be the first(!), and never progressing beyond amateur level. This is especially true within tattooing where it is; a) important to have a ‘sense of history’ in your work, and; b) essential to follow ‘the rules’ because there’s only certain things that are gonna work on skin and stand the test of time. It’s therefore imperative to ‘respect you elders’ and analyze the work of the masters; find out why they do what they do and do it yourself! Only then is it possible to ‘find your own style’… The way I see it; loads of other people have already made the mistakes for me, I just gotta listen to what say and learn from that so I don’t have to repeat those same errors unnecessarily!! Not to say I haven’t made mistakes of course; and learned from them! But I would’ve made a great many more, especially in my early days, had I not listened to what I was told by people with far superior knowledge and experience to myself..

Ok sorry, this is starting to become a rant now! In short I just think it’s important to learn your craft properly before trying to take it somewhere new.. But don’t copy directly.. Shit, this has to stop or I’m going to argue myself insane!! More to come as and when… Thanks to Sasha for the photography tips.. I’ll take nice photos one of these days!!

First of the month and no returns

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by adamlewistattoo

Did this nice feather today; I don’t do much of this ‘painterly’ style but I really enjoy it. I try to stick to the rules (lots of black, strong shapes etc) so it holds up over time but it’s nice to have the certain amount of freedom this style allows; I love the textural effect too, especially when any white is fresh. It kinda has a nice ‘grainy’ lookthat I like a lot. Will be good to see how it heals up…Also my customer Alex popped in to make an appointment so I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos of the woodcut lilies I did on him awhile back…. I like this style too; a bit different in that you have to be pretty precise with those lines!! If you wanna see this kind of work done by a true master I would suggest checking out the work of Duncan X; gentleman; scholar and all round good egg! One of the most original tattooers out there right now…