Artist of the Month: James Mckenna

James Mckenna is an artist at Foothills Tattoo Byford – Western Australia. James is a painter as well as a tattoo artist, with a focus on surreal and horror themed pieces, mixing American traditional and neo traditional styles.

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Multiple skulls as a gap filler.
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Elbow ditch surrealist skull hidden within spider webs.
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Vicious demon above a skull and snake piece.
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Leopard within a leopard within a leopard.
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Traditional elbow mandala.

The majority of James’ work features skulls, often hidden within designs. Other work includes lady heads, animals, and demons.

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Neo traditional lady head.
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Leg sleeve castle with secret passages and a snake mixed in.
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Big ole’ jaguar, scorpion, and flower. Heavy on the black!
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Skull added to the stomach piece!
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Neo traditional bear and skull in a tender spot!
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Healed blackwork snake within a snake!
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Leg snake!
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Evil looking demon under the armpit.
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Butterfly lady head!
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New twist on a classic skull and snake.
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Jaguar and lady head.
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Knee big cat and butterfly.

James is a must see artist if you’re travelling through Western Australia.

Spider web Tattoos:

Spider web tattoos are most commonly associated with criminals. Usually showing that the wearer has done time behind bars, the number of lines leading out of the web signifying the years of time spent. Now though it is less associated with crime, and more commonly used as a great filler tattoo for American traditional sleeves. Not all spider web tattoos are done in American traditional though. They can be black and grey or even realistic. They are often now paired with something Halloween related, and can also have spiders in them or hanging off of them.

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Classic elbow spider web by Josh Stephens at Hold It Down Tattoo in Richmond Virginia.
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Spider, web, and skull by Matty Darienzo at Into You Tattoo, London England.
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Crazy head tattoo by Philip Yarnell at Skynyard Tattoos, UK.
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Another web, done by Justin Dion at Sovereign Tattoo, Portland Oregon.
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Web, skull, and snake also by Philip Yarnell.
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Two shoulder webs by Nick Oaks at Bait and Schlang tattoo in Montreal.
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Creepy realistic spider and web by Tyler Allen Kolvenbach at Hudson Valley Tattoo.