55 thoughts on “First Thoughts 2/6

  1. do him and that tattoo artist Yann (http://yourmeatismine.com/) work together? All their work resembles each other’s and I’m sure that they’re not the only artists out there that do this kind of stuff but I thought I’d ask.

  2. I’m thinking that the “holy meat” reference is something among cattlemen…?

  3. The “black” sleeve looks like a dark blue to me… I’m probably wrong though.

    And I love the smoke from the chimney too, it looks wispy.

  4. shannon,
    has the top of that third tattoo been featured on here before? i remember seeing that and absolutely loving it.

  5. Maybe “Holy Meat” is a Mark Ryden reference…? I know he had that whole series of paintings prominently featuring meat.

    Or maybe the person just likes steak a whole lot, like I do. 🙂

  6. Oh yes, the first three tattoos are great and I am absolutely *in love with* and *inspired by* the solid blackwork one…

  7. great tattoos. lionel gets better every time i see his work.

    lionel and yann are good friends.
    they tattoed each other and share ideas, as far as i know.

    in general i think yann’s work is rougher.

  8. black sleeve looks like it’s had shit done under it,,, looks bad ass. house with the smoke is great aswell, and on the 4th one…. i don’t eat meat and whatnot, but to each his/her own.

  9. oh my… i love the 1st and 3rd…
    the first for the simplicity and the third cause its so solid, and unsual and so pretty… really love it

  10. I fucking love meat. I like the little ketchup bottle too. Think I’ll go have a cheeseburger now. The first tattoo is cool the way it extends to the thumb is interesting, the second is so simple in design but has that eerie haunted house feel to it, and the third has a nice floral theme which I am partial to and I fucking love blackwork on top of that. Overall they are nice, simple, well executed tattoos

  11. These are some of my favorite tattoos in the world by one of my favorite artists in the world… if I can ever get over to France to study I’m absolutely getting tattooed by Lionel, first thing. Sighhhhhh. 🙂

  12. Holy meat could only be one thing. The holiest of holies…as described by Pulp Fiction, of course.


  13. the first one is especially lovely… and maybe the guy really likes steak or such..

  14. I agree with comment 41 🙂
    I love the smoke on the house what a cute idea, so sweet.

  15. man i love this man’s work
    i can recognize it anywhere
    i can not wait till you come to the US lionel!!
    i’ve never wanted a tattoo from an artist as much as i want one from him.

  16. I’ll ask him what it means tomorrow…

    He’s guesting with us at the moment, and we don’t want to give him back! Such a lovely bloke!

  17. Hey Shannon – are we ever going to see that interview with Lionel that you talked about a couple of months ago? I love his work (and Yann’s too) and was really looking forward to it.

  18. I love Lionel’s work! If only I could get enough money to go to France AND get a sleeve done 🙂

  19. is the second tattoo supposed to be the house from “dead inn breakfast”?

    thats quite a variety of tattoos very interesting


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