Artist of the Month: Alex Dahood

Alex is an artist working out of Santa la Muerte Tattoo in Madrid.

Realistic tiger eyes on the forearm.
Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

He has three styles that he works in, and he does them well. Realism, micro realism, and cartoon.

Micro realistic pooch head with a dash of colour.
The Mad Hatter and Alice, a Disney classic.

His realistic works are heavy on the black and grey, but he does use colour sparingly in these to make certain aspects pop, such as eyes and mouths in portraits of both people and animals.

Full realistic back piece of a snarling tiger. Black and grey with green eyes.

His cartoon pieces are like plucking a screenshot straight out of a movie or show, with great detail and colour throughout.

A classic Homer Simpson piece from Treehouse of Horror.

His micro realism pieces are great for those who want a small tattoo, and the amount of detail he’s able to pack into such a small space is unbelievable.

A portrait of Tupac done in black and grey.

If you’re passing through Madrid don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with Alex via his Instagram linked above.

Joaquin Phoenix’ portrayal of The Joker.

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Disney Tattoos:

Disney tattoos for the kid in all of us. Disney has been around since 1923 when Walt Disney started it in a small office in Los Angeles.

Mimi Madriz in Madrid
To infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear! Done by Mimi Madriz in Madrid.
Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA
Never grow up, Peter Pan piece done by Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA.
Alex Rowntree Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Beast with his rose done by Alex Rowntree at Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio
Black and grey hyper realistic cheshire done by Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio.
melvin arizmendi, San Diego
Puppy Lady done by Melvin Arizmendi, San Diego.

The big kahuna, “Mickey Mouse” was born in 1928, followed quickly by Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of the original gang.

Vince Rebel Waltz
Cute little Chip and Tinkerbell done by Vince at Rebel Waltz in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Abbie Williams
The pumpkin king himself done by Abbie Williams.
Chris Speer in Groton CT
Genie as Patch Adams done by Chris Speer in Groton CT.
Jackie Huertas
A spooky Mickey and Minnie done by Jackie Huertas.
Michela Bottin
A cool looking Hades done by Michela Bottin.

In 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was finished, as the first feature length Disney animation. From there Walt continued right on with Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo.

Andy Walker
Baloo and Mowgli done by Andy Walker.
Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo
A more realistic Anna and Elsa done by Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo.
Jerred Kincaid
New school Disney animal sleeve done by Jerred Kincaid.
Miss Mae La Roux
Ariel done by Miss Mae La Roux.

By the late 80’s and early 90’s Disney reached new heights, making hundreds of millions off its films. In 1994 The Lion King became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth
You’ve got a friend in me. Done by Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth.
Isnard Barbosa
Lion king sleeve with the bad guys! Done by Isnard Barbosa.
Kadee Spangler, Michigan
Stitch enjoying the ugly duckling done by Kadee Spangler, Michigan.
Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo
Matching Aristocat tattoos done by Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo.

Now in 2018 Disney continues to be extremely popular with both children and adults.

Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia
Snow White’s poison apple done by Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia.
Lindsay Baker
Badass Malificent head piece done by Lindsay Baker.
Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC
Atlantis, a much underrated Disney film. Done by Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC.
Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton
Moana piece done by Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton.

Disney tattoos are done mainly in new school style, as the majority are cartoons.

Carly Montgomery
Carl ready for adventure by Carly Montgomery at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY
Cutest lil Bambi done by Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY.
Liv Frost
Inspirational Baymax by Liv Frost.
Steve Compton
Brilliant Great Mouse Detective piece done by Steve Compton.

What is your favourite Disney movie?

Alice in Wonderland Tattoos:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (better known as Alice in Wonderland) was written in 1865 by Charles Dodgson (under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll).

Omar Orozco
Black and grey Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) done by Omar Orozco.
Ace Of Spades Tattoo Established tattoo shop located in Asheville NC. Owner operated Brian Reaid
Bright back piece done by Brian Reaid at Ace of Spades Tattoo in Asheville NC.
Julia Dumps
Bright pastel coloured Tim Burton sleeve done by Jules Boho, an Austrian based traveling artist.
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Matching Alice and the White Rabbit in a delicate black and grey design. Done by Abbo Florez.

The story follows a young girl, Alice, who falls down a hole into a fantastical land full of bizarre characters and situations.

Aleksandra Katsan
Watercolor Cheshire done by Aleksandra Katsan in Kiev, Ukraine.
Bryan at Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland
Linework version of Disney’s Alice done by Bryan at Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kristen Goetz
Dark and sinister looking Mad Hatter done by Kristen Goetz.
Ricardo Gomez TATTOO ARTIST @ Soledad Tattoo & Art Studio 505 front st. Soledad ca
Cheshire in Mad Hatters Hat done by Ricardo Gomez at Soledad Tattoo.

There are also films based on the book, with the most popular being Disney’s animated version from 1951.

Alex Moro
Realistic and stylized version of the Red Queen. Done by Alex Moro done in London, UK.
Efthimis Vrettos
“Drink me” done by Efthimis Vrettos in Athens, Greece.
Lucatesdiferro
Stylized White Rabbit in a teacup done by Luca Testadiferro in Jesi Italy.
Sanninolello
Sleeping Alice done by Lello Sannino in Italy.

More recent films Alice in wonderland (directed by Tim Burton) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (directed by James Bobin) are also produced by Disney, but take on a much darker theme.

Ben Kaye Tattooer & part owner of Ship Shape tattoo, New Zealand
Hyper realistic White Rabbit and his pocket watch done by Ben Kaye at Ship Shape Tattoo, New Zealand.
Fabio Onorini
Black and grey Disney’s Mad Hatter done by Fabio Onorini Fronte Del Porto tattoo , in Rome.
Mugs Costa
Neo traditional portrait of Alice done by Mugs Costa in Australia.
Sigbjørn in Copenhagen
Blackwork Mad hatter and teacup done by Sigbjørn in Copenhagen.
Tania Catclaw
Sketchwork/watercolour Cheshire done by Tania Catclaw.

People in the 1960’s-80’s speculated about what the story was “really” about. Many people thought that it was really a psychedelic trip. Due in large part to the frequent usage of drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms at this time. Experts usually disagree with this theory though, as Charles isn’t thought to have been a user of recreational drugs.

Brent O'Leary I am an artist, custom guitar maker, and musician. I'm currently working at Blue Collar Tattoo in Plainfield IL
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sleeve done by Brent O’Leary at Blue Collar Tattoo in Plainfield IL.
Gina Gila 💔 Tattoo Artist at Riverwest Tattoo Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Linework version of the Walrus and the carpenter with their tasty clams. Done by Gina Gila at Riverwest Tattoo Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Nick imms Fumbling through life. Owner of @thechurchtattoo ☦️ 1
Brilliant black and grey version of the Mad Hatter done by Nick Imms at The Church Tattoo.
Nick imms Fumbling through life. Owner of @thechurchtattoo ☦️
Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit, also done by Nick Imms.
Nick Imms
And a third done by Nick Imms.

Popular characters include the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen (Queen of Hearts), the March Hare, White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, and many more.

Bruno Corvalan Tattoo artist Currently working at MISSION INK in San Francisco
A partial watercolor style March Hare and a lovely cup of tea done by Bruno Corvalan Mission Ink in San Francisco.
Jack Goks Pearce
Neo traditional Red Queen done by Jack Goks at Cloak and Dagger Tattoo in London, UK.
Oash Rodriguez
Brilliant neo traditional White Rabbit hand piece done by Oash Rodriguez.
Steve LaMantia
Hatter’s hat, pocket watch, and painted rose done by Steve LaMantia at Ever After Gallery, Spring Hill, FL.

Who is your favourite character?

Winnipeg Artist 7: Jan Veldman

Jan Veldman works at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Matching Russian nesting dolls with totem designs.
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Blackwork death’s head moth.
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Big ole’ werewolf and red moon.
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Badass cobra with witchy hands.
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We all float down here… Pennywise and balloon.
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A Salvador Dali inspired piece.
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Traditional ship with flowers.
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He’s late! Black and grey white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
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Terrifying snake lady with barbed wire.

Jan’s style can be characterized as neo traditional and new school, with a hint of American traditional thrown into the mix. He tattoos everything from classic roses to characters from shows and movies.

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Ghost sheet tattoo with some classic flowers.
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Devilish baphomet in black and grey.
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American traditional style Jesus Christ and cross.
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Hobo cat doing his thing!
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Japanese good fortune Maneki Neko cat.
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A drunk Speedy Gonzales.
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Road Runner and Wile E Coyote.
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Creepy new school spider with eyeball.

Most of Jan’s work is bright and bold, but he doesn’t shy away from some brilliant black and grey work either!

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Neo trad woman and wolf head.
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Classic and deadly scorpion with red background.
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A ghostly Bart Simpson with some script and trad flowers.
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Cute little cactus with budding flowers.
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Bender!
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Bright red chameleon.
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Adorable Michelangelo with his favourite food.
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Super cute new school cupcake.

Bring in your own design or pick one of his. Whatever you choose, Jan is a must see artist in Winnipeg!