A couple of discreet coverups in this sleeve , I was given the choice by the customer to go for colour or black and grey , it was more of a challenge to do it without the iconic colours , I’m happy with the results ,here’s Thor,spidey,captain America,iron man and hulk
Finished off this Japanese style sleeve this week , koi at the bottom
Dragon koi at the top
One particular legend is the koi fish’s claim to fame. An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.
The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a dragon, the image of power and strength.
the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara’s daughters.In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the “death”of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making mundane things alluring, or the negative seem positive.
I enjoyed working on this sleeve , I completed the lower half ages ago and it was good to see the geisha finished, plenty of japanese style work rolling in just now, I’m looking forward to finishing off a few more sleeves in the coming weeks .
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We flew Insa up from London and commissioned him to paint his signature heel pattern on the Timeless shop shutters , needless to say he did a great job and was a really nice guy 🙂
We are proud to bring his artwork to Glasgow city centre.
here’s some info
INSA is one of the UK’s most innovative and respected graffiti writers. He is probably best known for his Heels image in which he uses powerful black and white patterns to play with and distort spaces and to entice the viewer into the fantasy world of materialistic aspiration.
His high heel designs have featured on a number of INSA-styled products from ladies’ underwear, toys, t-shirts, high heeled shoes and custom designed sneakers. He established himself from a graffiti background through extensive street level work and gallery shows around the world. INSA has designed signature collections for brands such as Kangol, Kid Robot and Oki-Ni, as well as starting his own heel company ‘INSA HEELS’.
His project ‘Girls on a Bike’ is a public installation project in which provocatively dressed, voluptuous female volunteers were photographed in racy poses on bicycles in front of INSA’s graffiti walls around the world. The possessed object of the bike and the overtly sexualized female presence question our perceptions of ownership; of public space, sexuality, and belongings. The series has been a global success, sending the kaleidoscopic images viral.
Big thanks to Insa ,!
Want to see more?
Check out his blog insaland.com
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The whisper on the wind says Nick Horn from Goodtimes Tattoo in London shall be visiting us soon, check out Nicks precise and Super clean skills in this folio link
book early to avoid disappointment,
We are proud to be hosting Nick and Showcasing his Tattooing Talent
Do not miss this opportunity, ring shop for details
0141 353 0510
Next in line in the rumour mill are Invisible NYCs Matt Ahn
And from the far flung corners of Japan ! Satoru Koizumi unconfirmed as yet , but the paths being cleared!