Celtic Knotwork by Iain Bain

By Iain Bain

The traditional artwork of Celtic knotwork in stone, jewellery and steel defined for todays artists, craftsmen and all these drawn to historical past.

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When someone has a tattoo, they are displaying my work everywhere they go,”35 he says. The permanent link between artist and client is part of what Andrion loves about his job. Other tattooists do not care about permanency. They just like the fact that their work allows them to meet new people and hear new things every single day. Gerry Beckerman of Ava, Indiana, is part of this group. “I get such a wide variety of people,” he responds when asked what he A tattooist concentrates on her work at an international convention in Germany.

Either way, an open exchange of ideas is the key to success. “The clearer our communication is about your ideas, the clearer I can visualize it and produce it for you,”44 explains one tattooist. Once the consultation has occurred the client leaves, and the tattooist gets to work. He or she may spend days leafing through art sources, sketching, and manipulating image software to create the requested image. Line weights, colors, perspective, light angles, and many other factors are tweaked until the artist thinks everything is perfect.

Many professional tattooists dislike tattoo shows and feel that they present an unrealistic view of the industry. James agrees with this criticism to a point, but he also defends his work. “The show was going to happen. It was inevitable,” he says. “And I think one thing that most people agreed on in the tattoo industry— whether they hated us or not—was that it was good for business. . It showed everybody that tattoo shops weren’t all filled with bikers who butcher people. Tattoo artists are just artists .

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