Old School Dagger Tattoo. Custom Design
The experience behind this tattoo was pretty emotional as it was my first piece done in an official studio.
I went there with the idea to be an apprentice and they did not only accept. After I tattooed there, next time they announced me as a guest artist.
From the studio's name is it obvious what style they enjoy the most. Good old, Old School! This style guarantees a time-resistant tattoos because of the think lines and solid-color fills.
The first person who showed interest was another apprentice (Alex) . A teenager with an urge to become a tattoo artist. He wanted a traditional design with a dagger with a rose. It symbolizes the duality sides of life.
The dagger signifies death, betrayal and such. The rose - love, vitality and friendship. If the rose, along with its vines, swirls around the sword this symbolizes the symbioses of good and evil. If; however, the dagger goes through the sword, then this symbolizes the dominance of life's dark qualities.
I sat at the studio and drew the design. Then Zhivko (one of the tattoo artist) came, took the pencil and completed it his way. I liked it a lot! That was why I was there. To learn how to emphasize on details.
I pay big respect to the people in the studio who generously share knowledge. Anything I learn there helps me to progress faster.
Tips & Tricks
Thick lines require a higher number of needles, which can irritate the skin. I went with 9RL (round liner) because that is the highest I used.
After the first line Alex insisted on thicker lines. Teodor (the other studio's artist) came, took the needle, lid a lighter on the needle tip and dipped it in water. The temperature made the little needles on the top to spread, so from a 9RL I got a 9RS (round shader).
It turned out shaders can make a solid line. With the same number of needles to make a thicker line. It took me some time to get the hand of it and a lot of effort to finish. Alex was in a lot of pain and promised himself to avoid that place and getting tattooing for some time.
Last time I saw him he was getting the other leg done in the same place. I will just finish off with this favorite quote: