The traditions of tattooing have been deeply rooted in the echoes of time. If you meet anyone who has been tattooing for more than 15 years, they will tell you how things used to be. Truly, tattooing has changed and evolved from the sponge and bucket days. With many progressive features being most noticeable on…

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In 1995 there were 14 tattoo shops from O’fallon, Illinois to O’fallon, Missouri. In 1998 there were 40. With each shop averaging 3 artists working in house, that would equal 78 new jobs for tattoo artists in three years. That is almost a 300% increase in the industry. As impressive as those numbers are, where…

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Your reward is a byproduct. The fastest route is a straight line: unless you’re so focused on the destination that you fall off the path. This happens when you are trying so dang hard to succeed. Sometimes we get so obsessed that we micro manage the entire journey. Have you ever counted calories or tracked…

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In a perfect world I would sit in a small cabin and draw pictures that made me giggle all day. Here are some ink and digital pictures I drew last year or so.

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It has been almost two and a half years since I made the digital switch. Here are a few drawing from the early days. It didn’t take much time to get used to drawing on my Cintiq. I wonder how many trees I have saved? Matt Hodel www.matthodeltattoo.com

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[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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