Posts Tagged ‘tattoo

27
Feb
16

Macro Vid of Tattooing

02
Nov
14

Sleek Release…

“I am chic, sleek, and so unique.”

Charles F. Glassman, Laws of Attraction

No, not me…the fish!

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15
Dec
13

Life: Taking a Woman Fly Fishing…………

Now, I could have categorized this under Outdoors, Fly Fishing, Sports, Photography, Mental Health or Nature to name but a few categories that might fit. But, I chose Life. Because, fly fishing, amongst many other outdoor pursuits lends itself to many positive outcomes that enhance relationships and self.

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Over the many years that I have been fishing, and particularly fly fishing (50+ years), I have had the pleasure to fish with family and friends, male and female, young and old. For me, it has always provided a means to share, teach, grow in patience, set someone on a course to individually enjoy the past time of fly fishing. It is very rewarding.

For some reason, the concept of fishing with a woman is often nixed by men. Why is that? Perceived incompetency…a male only predilection…hanging with the guys only…a machismo perception of the sport??? I don’t think it is often the above biases that preclude men from inviting a woman to fly fish and share the joy of the past time.

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Now you can come across certain studies that suggest a possible mental clash of sorts, but such generalizations are very touchy subjects these days. Now, I have noticed, with my own personal experiences, that my wife a woman can visit quite a bit and that they do like to talk to the fish before they hook them, as they fight them, land them, admire them and release them. 

earplugsxNow admit it men, you silently do much of the same things, maybe even throwing out a muffled “come on baby, easy, easy, yeah!’

Somewhere there are word meters that chart the amounts of word usage in a given day by men and women. If you have one, don’t take it with you on an outing with a woman…just sayin’. Trout Caught & Safely Released

17
Oct
13

Life: My Trout Has Wrinkles……………

When things are taut and toned, that inclination comes about for ink. A design, a reminder of something important is etched, burned, cut, blitzed into your mind and flesh. Ah, so wonderful, so edgy, so you.

But then you gets dehydrated, or hell you start shrinking and losing muscle and suddenly that work of art has ‘wrinkles’? My Trout has wrinkles?!?

Retrieve SB BThe other day, I asked my wife to take a photo of me doing a figure 8 retrieve. I figured I would write something about presentation and various retrievals of flies. My wife said, “turn your arm a little bit…make your arm tighter…hmmm?….your arm is wrinkled…you aren’t going to like this…flex your arm somehow”. What?!!!!

My Trout Tattoo had wrinkles…I had wrinkles. Vanity spare me the cruel self reflections. Enough already with this downward slide into atrophy and age spots.

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“When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.” (Eugene O’Neill)

Vanity, calculations to impress or self satisfy. I imagined all Last Winter and Spring, posing a beautiful Trout in line with my Trout Tattoo. I imagined the colors, the contrast of the real against the imagined. The time came, but my Trout  had wrinkles. No matter! Trout caught/released.

10
May
13

Tattoo Tribute: Columbia River Gorge

Yesterday, I stopped by Infinity Tattoo in Portland, Oregon to visit Amanda Sue Myers and Paul Zenk. While conversing with Paul, he directed me to the tat he was working on. John Cain, Paul’s client, had a vision of paying tribute to the Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge is a diverse gateway that houses majestic beauty, the mighty Columbia River (of course, there are numerous dams), amazing historical events, and FISH!).

I gazed down on the work in progress and told John to please send me a finished photo of the beautiful tattoo.

John Cain's New TatThe tattoo depicts the forested plateau above the gorge, Crown Point’s Vista House, the sturgeon and steelhead and salmon that move up the Columbia River into many tributaries. A very nice piece of work. 

20
Apr
13

Fly Fishing: Early Season Fun…Finally

In the Pacific NW, most of the Western U.S., unless you are blessed with year around open waters (fishing season open) or you are a heroic Winter Steelhead fly fisher) you wait for the season to open in the Spring. Depending upon altitude, some waters open in April and some a bit later in May.

All this waiting is usually coupled with planning, studying up, tying flies, tinkering with the gear, and more planning. It is the anticipation, the what if’s and the recollections of having done it before and what it brings to the psyche when it all goes even partially right.

SB having funIt is the fresh air, the traveling and anticipation, the rush to get on the water, the possible sunshine! and warmth!, using the flies you tied and the success of those creations, “the moment” and the aftermath of feeling connected, at one, at peace…if even for a little bit. It is how one’s life should be, even off the water. 

trout half in SBB

29
Mar
13

Early Season Warmth & Cold Water

The early season forces of nature conflict: the sun’s warmth barely touches the depths of the water. The wind blows across the lake’s surface and the skin feels the chill of the dissolved ice. The hands are cold from the trout’s skin. Releasing the trout back into the water numbs the hands. You then sit back, look upward and smile as the sun’s warmth bathes your face. 

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Not the biggest trout, not the most colorful, but aggressive and tough.

 

27
Feb
13

Tattoo Design: Peacock, Feather and Flowers

A little over a year ago, I highlighted the Peacock Tattoo by Jere Ware (Atlas Tattoo-Portland) on my wife Mary Jo’s arm. This year, my wife decided the Peacock tat needed some added habitat. She conspired with Paul Zenk (Infinity Tattoo-Portland) to design a beautiful collection of Peonies, Cherry blossoms and leaves around the Peacock. The results were beautiful. Paul Zenk respecting the work of  Jere Ware created a magical floral arrangement around the regal Peacock.

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Paul Zenk, Portland Ink Artist and owner of Infinity Tattoo, creates a beautiful piece of work for my wife, Mary Jo

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The red Peony pops above the Peacock feathers

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Another Peony, more pink, sits next to the Peacock’s head. Cherry blossoms continued down the forearm and up the back of the arm

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In the end, the Peacock tattoo is surrounded by a perfect habitat of Peonies, Cherry Blossoms and variegated leaves

Tattoos are definitely not for everyone. A mental adjustment occurs for those that acquire one. You look at it and go, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe that is on me’. Mary Jo put in about 18 hours of serious mind control while Jere Ware and Paul Zenk created. The results have been very satisfying to all involved. 

09
Oct
12

Tattoo Love: SwittersB (the Canvas) & Paul Zenk (the Inkster)

TAT/STAT VANITY DAY!

Just the other day, I alluded to a renovation of SwittersB’s Trout Tattoo. For too long the beautiful Trucha has been hovered there on my left forearm, chasing a nymph and seeming suspended and isolated.

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Over the years, I had entertained other tattoos for the Trout, but all of them seemed to much in contrast with the fish: Liberty torch, Giant Dragon Fly, Dagger, reclining nude…see what I mean? But, a vision entered my mind of structure, of habitat for the fish. But I didn’t want just a blue layer above to suggest water. I thought more of snags and rocks.

I had some basic ideas and I finally settled upon the quest. I ended up at Infinity Tattoo in North Portland and upon looking at the ‘work books’ of the artist, one artist popped out…Paul Zenk @ Infinity Tattoo. He had done work that was quite close to what I was looking for: tree/snag and rock wise. Nothing with a fish though. I set up the consultation, met Paul and conveyed my ideas and like a spark of genius he started sketching on my arm and paper with suggestions that went well beyond my timid vision. Wow! I said. Done. Let’s do this.

The appointment was set and last week SwittersB’s Trout joined together with Paul Zenk’s vision and what a powerful result. More than I could have imagined. Of course, it is healing now and not suitable for prime time viewing just yet, but the pictures at the time, will give you ample clues as to how amazing a job Paul Zenk did on my forearm.

Total time was around 5 hours. Yes, that was a bit rough after say 3 hours. Mind control becomes a necessity. But, I could not be happier with the outcome and it is a perfect way to celebrate something else…as long as we are on the vanity kick….why not: SwittersB passed the 3,000,000 views mark early today. Yeehaw….thank you loyal and misguided visitors to SwittersB & Fly Fishing!!!

So, here are a few photographs of the tattoo work from beginning to end, more or less and they will give you an idea of the vision and the beautiful outcome.

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This was at the beginning, after Paul Zenk applied the ‘template’ that provides a very basic concept. The rest is in the artist’s mind and hands. Trust is a factor. I had it.

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The template is inked in. Here you can get a glimpse of the rock and branches idea.

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Paul Zenk doing his thing.

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The vision is quite evident by now…SwittersB’s Trout has a definite home.

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Just finished in the shop. This is a straight on shot, and does not show the top of the forearm (more tree trunk/stump and water surface) nor the bottom of the forearm (beautiful colored rocks in various shades).

I am sure you will agree the tattoo is a serious upgrade and truly amazing. Thank you Paul Zenk. Tattoos are a love ’em or leave ’em alone sort of deal. I understand the image or perceptions and the full range of tastes out there. Of course, I did this for me. In the end, it all goes toward my vision, my personal perceptions, my celebrations. I hope you agree, it is a beautiful piece of work. 

08
Oct
12

Tattoo Overhaul: SwittersB’s Trout

Coming real soon to a monitor near you…SwittersB’s tattoo, the colorful Rainbow Trout chasing the Nymph will be magnificently enhanced and even more amazing. Don’t you just cringe when one self promotes? Well, with good reasons.




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