Posts by Matt Hodel

Live Your Imagination

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau Dreaming… I’ve always thought it a bit strange that people equate their life’s ambitions and most ultimate aspirations to something that occurs while we sleep. I think maybe this is the foundation for the disconnect between our radical…

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It’s a Fishy Friday Flashback!

The Koi Fish There is meaning.  It’s whatever meaning you give it.  Sometimes just the experience of getting a tattoo is the meaning.  Don’t think so hard.  On this friday I FlashBack to five Koi fish on five different clients.  Every client is unique. How I chose to draw a tattoo is very much a…

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Think Positively, Experience Positivity

While not the easiest thing anyone’s ever done, keeping a positive mindset is a vital part of success and happiness. Life is a beautiful thing, if you’d just let it be without mucking it up with all your worrying and stuff. Here’s one article that was super easy to find in the digital sea: [wr_divider…

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How much Oral do you Want?

The majority of my career has been the equivalent of processing fish. People lined up to get tattooed and I tried to get through the day as efficiently as possible without losing quality. I don’t regret the early years of 8-10 tattoos a day. Without those formative years and work in a short time frame,…

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Tick Tock Boom

  Eventually the shit is gonna hit the fan. I drew a candle because I didn’t actually want to draw shit and a fan. www.matthodeltattoo.com

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Getting Motivated, and How it Really Works.

Sometimes that spark for a creative burst isn’t just about randomly happening upon the right material or artist or film, etc. at just the right moment. Productive AND creative people (yes, those can exist simultaneously) usually have a formula. A method to their madness. The key is tapping the right kind of schedule to allow…

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5 things you don’t need.

“Whenever you hear someone say, ‘It’s not personal,’ or its sister phrase, ‘I had no choice,’ you can be almost be certain they’ve made a choice they are ashamed of.” -Page 24. ‘Never Be Closing’ by Tim Hurson and Tim Dunne. I love counter intuitive thinking. This book either changes my perceptions or validates my…

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Pages from my Sketchbooks

Here are a few pages out of some older sketchbooks. I use sketchbooks for character and composition development. What does a bunny look like? How does it look from every angle? These drawings are the character development. You must know how a character is constructed before you can put it into dynamic compositions. This is…

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Horisora is Tattooing at Ragtime!

Horisora Tattooist Horisora is a Japanese Traditional Tattoo Artist. I am very excited to have her work for a week with us at Ragtime Tattoo. She is taking appointments from January 27-31. You can contact me at mlhodel@yahoo.com or her directly at Horisoratattoo@gmail.com [wr_divider div_margin_top=”0″ div_margin_left=”0″ div_margin_bottom=”25″ div_margin_right=”0″ div_border_width=”5″ div_border_style=”solid” div_border_color=”#ffffff” divider_width=”100″ disabled_el=”no” ][/wr_divider] Matt-…

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“Yelp all you want, they can’t hear you”

I have been trying to take control of my business page that Yelp offers. I can’t. It won’t let me. I am against Yelp. I don’t think you can run a review service that pays to play. I don’t think casually finding a shop on an app is good for your tattoo choices. Please go…

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Merry Christmas!

The Zouglass’ let me shoot there Christmas card every year. This years theme was focussed on the arrival of little Sam. Note last years picture perfect Christmas card still hanging on the refrigerator door. A stark contrast to the first year of parenthood. Merry Christmas! -Matt Hodel

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Machine tuning 101

[wr_row][wr_column span=”span12″][wr_text] This is a drawing I did a few years ago.  In the 90’s we were told nickel/dime rules.  Everything else was somewhat of a mystery compared to the wealth of knowledge today.  I used to live and die by the Jonesy frame.  It was very middle of the road.  As my drawing improved,…

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My Drawing Station.

This is my work set up. iMac on a Freedom Arm stand. I draw on a Cintiq 24 HD. I couldn’t keep up with my work load with out this set up. It paid for itself in under a year. www.matthodeltattoo.com

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Hiking Mountains.

Hiking Mountains Today I hiked three mountains.  The smallest was Siriuskogl (599m). This is for old people and children.  The next was Jainzenberg (834 m) . This was only 1.5 hour hike to the top.  A little more fun with some good incline.  This was still one step above easy but not for the lazy.…

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