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Photo Galleries Update

A tiny update to the photo galleries at the main site, as I promised a couple of days (weeks?) ago.

Not too many, but some really nice stuff, as always. A couple of portraits, a few animals and flowers, a few tribals and a few letterings; a total of 30 or 40 new pics, out of the hundred and n-ty sitting on my desktop, waiting to be uploaded for the next update.

There are so many I wish I could upload right away, but it’s very difficult to find enough spare time to take care of the galleries… So, every time, I have to pick a few out of the ones I’m dying to show off, being careful to include all types of designs — otherwise I might end up with an update containing only portraits or biomechanics — so everybody can find something interesting in every update, and then dodge whatever not-urgent to-dos I have on the list, keep an eye on the clock and start editing.

Editing, meaning resizing the images to something suitable for web, both dimensions– and file size–wise, cropping those images that have too much “wasted” space, cutting out portions I had been asked — by the clients — to hide, adjusting brightness to those photos that are too dark, dull those areas that are too bright because of the flash or accidental reflections from the room lighting, making the monochrome thumbnails and so on.

Once the image editing done, I list them — literally <li>st them — on the appropriate pages, upload everything, check it once for typos and well-formedness of the markup, update my sitemaps and the feeds and then here I go, writing this update announcement :)A mix of Photoshop — I hate to admit it, but I’m still using it — for the image editing part, the Terminal and BBEdit for the web pages, Transmit or, again, the Terminal for the FTP part, Uploadr (in case I need to use some eye-candy for the blog article) and then Mozilla, Firefox, Camino or Safari (it only depends on the mood I’m in at that moment) to get to my admin panel and start posting.

I started announcing a website update and ended up describing how I do it :) Which tells me that I have too much free time on my hands, so I better go get some more work done. Or get some sleep, because it’s already 2:00 AM and tomorrow’s early and long ;)

Calendar Update and More…

Calendar Update

I’ve updated the calendar to display the schedule up until April 2006.

À propos, at the time of this writing, there are only two days still available for appointments on the current year, Monday, December 26th and respectively, Tuesday, December 27th… so if you’re planning to get something done this year, now is the time to call me. There are a few one-hour openings here and there — available for consultation meetings — but they’re not going to be there for long… my inbox is full of appointment requests and, as I reply, the open spots disappear one by one.

Those who plan to travel to Tokyo next year for a tattoo, it would be a good ideea to contact me for an appointment at least three or four months in advance, so we can book in the dates matching your visit schedules before they get booked up.

Photo Galleries Update

Not yet, but I’m pretty close to uploading a couple dozen new pics. I’m editing them as we speak, so I guess it’s a matter of days. I’ve got a bunch of new tribals, a couple of portraits and lots of those cute little ones you see in the kitsch art gallery.

A few large ones — including a biomechanical full-sleeve — coming up pretty soon, as I’m almost done with them and I’ll be taking a bunch of photos. Maybe not this time, but definitely next time, hopefully before December. I’m planning a major update at the end of the year, maybe even a redesign for the May 1th reboot (warning: flash website), but that will only happen if the current schedule doesn’t kill me :)

Design Requests

As usual — and only because I really have a hard time finding any spare time in this mad schedule — it’s going to take about two weeks until I can get back to you with the drawings so, for those who had just contacted me and haven’t gotten a reply yet, rest assure that I received your messages and I’ll respond as soon as possible, but please give me a couple more days…

I’m not going to add any “urgent” fee or anything — at least not this year — so, if you have a deadline or are in a hurry, try to contact me at least a month in advance, otherwise I might not be able to help you out in time.

…and More :)

Question:
I tried to visit the photo archives, but the pages look weird… Is the site broken?
Answer:
No, the site works just fine, but it doesn’t look right in InternetExplorer, because it’s been written for modern, web standards-compliant browsers.
Question:
So, when will you fix it, because I’d really like to see it?
Answer:
Never. There’s nothing to fix. You can always use Firefox, Mozilla, Camino or Safari; they’re free and they are built for the contemporary web. I’m not going to deface my website(s) just because a single “browser” doesn’t know how to display what’s written in there.
Question:
Yeah… Speaking of which, all your websites — including the blog — look like shit in InternetExplorer. So what’s up, do you have a grudge against that browser or something?
Answer:
I’d say No, I have nothing against InternetExplorer. It has a grudge against my website but this would be a lie. So I say Yes, I have a lot of grudges against InternetExplorer; it’s old, outdated, broken and stupid because this is the truth. What you’re asking me is, basically, why your black and white TV set cannot see my multicolor broadcast… So if you want multicolor, get a color TV and stop bugging me, because it’s not my fault. If you want to stick with your archaic black and white set, be my guest, but let me tell you: you’re missing a lot of nice shows, friend…

Yup, same ol’ same ol’ motherfucker that I ever was :D

I could, of course, go with the IE 7 — after all, it’s just a little bit of Javascript under-the-hood — but I won’t, because I promised myself this will be one compromise I’m not going to make. Ever.

What, did they paint the world black and white so it looks right on old TVs? Or did they invent the color TV so it can show the world as it was..?

See? I’m not the stubborn one here… ;)

Photo Archives Back Online

After almost a year and a half, the photo archives are back online.

In March 2004 — when I’d stopped doing multicolored tattoos and took to black and grey only — I also put the multicolored galleries offline and replaced them with the current ones, to reflect my new style and activities, but I kept all the old photos in a folder somewhere on the server — out of the way — with the intention to put them back online someday… Because — definitely — even if I do only black and grey nowadays, it doesn’t mean that I don’t love all those tattoos I did in the past and it doesn’t mean I don’t want to show them off as part of my portfolio.

So here they are, for your viewing pleasure, ten pages containing five hundred and eightysomething pics, not sorted in any way but displayed in a relative chronological order, at the Graphic Tribe Tattoos Photo Archives. Here and there, you’ll also find photos of tattoos that you’ve already seen inside the current galleries — portraits and so on — and you’ll also see really old photos, older than Graphic Tribe Limited (when I was still working at the other shop)… An art exhibit bringing back nice memories to me and, hopefully, getting to be an enjoyable experience to you.

You’re reading this so I know you’re using a real web browser right now but — just in case — I want to warn you that, exactly as this very blog, the photo archives won’t be easy to view in Micro$oft InternetExploder so, if you plan to share the link with your friends, make sure you tell them to switch to Firefox, Mozilla or Safari when they visit.

Enjoy.

New Blog

New Stuff

Same name, same topics, same author. New location, new software, new face… Satisfaction, a little bit of anxiety and hope this will work as expected (lots of visitors – feedback – self-improvement – more satisfaction).

All in all, the Graphic Tribe Tattoos weblog has a new location (graphictribe.net/blog/) hosted by DreamHost, a new face and a couple of new features

Old Stuff

The Blogger blog is still online and I shall keep it there for a while — mostly to redirect visitors toward this new space and avoid link rot — but it won’t be updated anymore. All new articles will be published here from now on, because this is the official Graphic Tribe Tattoos weblog now.

To Do Stuff

I need to work a little more on the templates and the stylesheet — not mentioning the header image and the rest of the graphics — but not knowing diddlysquat about PHP doesn’t help at all… Nor does help an appointment book filled up for the next four months… but I’ll find time ;)
A bug here [Safari fucks up the URIs containing ampersands (bug submitted)] and one there (Opera chokes on chains of child and adjacent combinators), besides the ubiquitous bug (Internet Explorer exists)… They’ll all get fixed — except, of course, for the hundred thousand bugs in IE which, by the way, hasn’t been taken in consideration at all when this site was being written, because I don’t do that anymore — and new, sexy graphics will be up soon but, meanwhile, please use it as it is.

I mean, it’s not bad at all; it works just fine and it looks almost like I want it to, comments can be posted at any time and the feeds are up and running… but, if you find any glitch somewhere, including the annoying cross-browser incompatibilities, please contact me so I can deal with them.

This Is The New Shit

And if there are still people out there hesitating to install WordPress — which, indeed, is poetry — because they lack coding (I mean PHP) knowledge, don’t. Don’t hesitate, because it’s written and put together in such a manner that you can use it very easily; the code is filled with comments explaining every function and parameter, the admin panel is really user-friendly (and I hate control panels, because I can never remember all this “technical” terminology) and, for most part, you can simply tweak the setting by clicking and filling in text fields, without the need to type code‘n’shit ;)
And if you already use DreamHost, you don’t even need to open your FTP to kickstart the blog. All you need to do is go to your admin panel at DreamHost, look for the “Goodies” section, click on the “One-Click Installs” tab, check the radio box saying “WordPress” and you’re done; they’ll install it for you in a couple of minutes, send you one of their funny support e-mails with info regarding the installed software and you can start blogging in an hour or so.

Trust me, this description is from my own experience. I’m not advertising the software, I’m just saying that it feels great to have the stuff you wanted after a year of surrogates you’s used only because it seemed that WordPress — for example — was made for geeks and hackers, and usual dudes and dudettes couldn’t possibly use it.

Outro

So yeah, bookmark me or update your old bookmarks and drop by from time to time, I’ll keep posting stuff as I’ve done so far (hopefully, more often and more consistent).

I still have a ton of new pics to upload to the galleries and to my flickr photostream and I’m planning to (re)start some other stuff soon, besides the ”Cretins Of The WWW • Part II” awards and a couple more rants I’be been thinking about since I got back from Europe. The tattoo shop is busy as hell as usual so time to do stuff not written in the appointment book is still a rara avis, but I promise I’ll do it as soon as possible.

Tattoo Photo Gallery Update

As I promised — that is, as I kept promising for the last five or six months — I’ve been able to finally update the photo galleries, after a couple of weeks’ worth of Photoshop surgery and two days’ worth of htmling ;)
For now, approximately 70 new pics of the latest pieces I’ve done, in all the sections of the galleries.

I still have about 30–40 photos here, but I really don’t have anymore time to take care of them right now so, most likely, I won’t be able to upload them until September (when I plan the next major update).

Lots of beautiful ones this time — no different from any other time — and, again, I’m having a hard time deciding which ones I’d want to show you first or most :)

There’s this mechanical dragon — based on the idea of the so-popular gundam machines — which I love a lot.

I loved the idea — when we first talked about it — and I loved doing it… Took me about 4 months, I think, to finish it but man, when it was done..!
I still can remember the hard-on I had while taking the photos :)

One of a kind, so far, but I really hope I have the chance to do some more… I can never have enough of these experimental, avantgarde designs!

Hopefully, people who look for this kind of tattoos — but thought, somehow, that they’re impossible to be done — will see this one and find out that on the contrary, not only they can be done, but they’ll also look amazing…

And yeah, you know where to find me ;)

And there’s this other one, the biomechanical dragons, another unique idea I fucking loved..!

As far as I can tell, it too is one of a kind — can’t remember seeing anything similar so far…

The initial idea was a simple, modern Japanese dragon, on the right buttock, but while we were talking about it, she fell in love with the biomechanics and — one thing led to another — the idea of a biomechanical dragon came up.
Changing its position to the center of the lower back also required modifying the overall shape of the design — symmetry is almost a must on this area of the body — which, eventually, brought up the idea of two dragons facing each other, symmetrical in shape and details.

All in all, took me about two weeks and some 20 sketches to come up with the final design and 6 hours — two sessions — to finish inking it. It healed exceptionally well, so the pics I got are perfect!

And I’m still wearing that hard-on :)

To make it all round and nice, let me finish off with a third piece I love, the portrait of Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands, which, after Albert Einstein’s portrait, would be the second large full-back portrait I’ve done in the last 3 years… and, what can I say? I’m loving it :)

It’s a replica of a movie poster the guy brought in, with minor modifications here and there (mostly, to the snowflakes) in order to make it work well as a tattoo design.

Can’t remember when exactly we started — we had to take a few long breaks between the sessions — but I think this one too took about half a year to get done.

So I’m showing it off now because, believe me, I couldn’t wait to take these pictures!

There are more and, as I said, I really have a hard time telling which one I love more, so, when you have a minute (or fifteen or sixty) visit the galleries and have a look. I bet you’re gonna love some of them!

At least as much as I do ;)