Through the Fire and the Flame

This biblical sleeve by Jackie Rabbit is meant to be a representation of the biblical Armageddon.  Here’s how she described it.

Its a juxtaposition between the peace and love of God and violent destruction promised by the Bible.

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Building on greatness

We’ve established in the past that Vincent Hocquet’s dotwork pieces are mind-bendingly awesome.  Today we’re going to look back on a piece that was first featured last August, and how far along it’s progressed since then.  So here’s how the sleeve started out.  A massive undertaking that blended geometry and flowers to create a beautiful image.

Then again, back in March, we saw this same sleeve, but the focus was on the latest addition, an all-seeing eye on the chest.  It also gave us a chance to see just how detailed the sleeve itself was.  What we thought was initially solid shapes turned out to be dotwork that was conforming to a perfect geometric shape.

Which brings us to today where the latest addition has taken the piece from his right shoulder, all the way across his chest.

Given how much blank skin there is on that lucky guy, I’d imagine we’re in for more from Vincent.  Be sure to check out more of his work in his BME portfolio gallery.

Keys to the Future

And here we have René van Assema, hailing from Almere, The Netherlands, and checking in bravely from the dark side of the moon, apparently. And without a space suit or oxygen supply or anything! The difficulty of this sort of photo shoot cannot be overstated. This is literally impossible to accomplish, and yet? Here we are. Ever the modest model, though, René says only, “All you see is tattoo, no make-up or fake colors.” This seemed fairly obvious, until…well, you know where to look.

See? The eyebrows are a bit more obvious, but had the specific mention of the fact not been made, I would have just assumed the rest was eye make-up. Well played, my friend. Well played, indeed.

(Tattoos by Ben Saunders at Lucky 6 in Hoorn, The Netherlands. Photos by Walther Vlaanderen.)

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We Have Each Other

Shepard Fairey, as we all know, is a retired professional wrestler from the former Soviet Union, and now works as a propagandist with the Obama administration (I just skimmed Wikipedia, that’s about right though, isn’t it?), but he is actually a pretty talented artist! Also, his work has been turned into tattoos once or twice before, and these have actually been of a pretty high quality for the most part. This particular sleeve, as we can see, is no exception whatsoever, and was done by Ryan Mason out of Scapegoat Tattoo in scenic Portland, Oregon.

A Haircut and a Shave

Oh Jesus Christ this is cute. Prolific ModBlog commenter Goldust of St. Petersburg, Russia, sends in this photo of his friend Alexander and the man’s son, Ivan—”two tough guys,” Goldust says. We don’t mean to over-share or anything, ModBloggers, but we’re pretty sure this picture just made us start ovulating.

(Sleeve by Dmitriy Babakhin at Bang Bang Custom Tattoo Shop in St. Petersburg, Russia.)

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Tumbling Through The Trees

My, what a shocking turn of events! The hell-box your editor uses to accomplish various daily feats of ModBloggery has decided to poop itself repeatedly today, resulting in more cursing than usual here at headquarters in addition to the throbbing forehead vein of doom. Anyway! Things have (hopefully?) sorted themselves out somewhat, but we think it best to ease ourselves back in gradually, starting with Aleksandra’s calming floral sleeve by Toffi at Ink-Ognito in Rybnik, Poland. And…breathe.