Samurai Tattoo Added to an Old Joe Allhoff Dragon

Old Tattoos Completed Chris got a really nice Dragon from an old coworker of mine. Joe Allhoff and I worked at Trader Bob’s from 2004 until I left in 2012. Joe was singled handedly the most naturally talented Tattooist I have ever worked with. I have never seen an artist render images so effortlessly. I…

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Codye.

I did Codye’s first tattoo less than a year ago. As I remember he was quite the handful. He was rather nervous and really persistent at communicating the importance of the getting his first tattoo perfect. I don’t mind. I was told a while back that the energy like this just means the client is…

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Back Piece Finished!

Congrats to August So much goes into getting your back tattooed. You need to figure out what the idea is, how to design it, how to pay for it, how to commit time to it and how to keep up the energy when your still not finished. Finishing a large tattoo is very hard.  I…

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Let’s Draw a Dragon

I tattooed a Phoenix on the back of Nick’s calf so of course I tattooed a Dragon on the front. I drew it on because it just makes more sense than stenciling. I also forgot to draw the night before, so drawing the dragon directly onto the leg seemed smart. Smearing a sharpie with my…

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Get Weird

A Good Kinda Crazy Team Mullet Louie’s leg is ripe with humor. I guess you could describe him as silly but he looks a serious as a heart attack. Currently he’s shaved bald and looks scary as hell but if he showed you his hidden tattoos it would throw you off. We already did the…

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Hunter doesn’t stop.

Heavily Tattooed Hunter has been getting tattooed by me for years. We balanced his arms in a “yin-yang” approach. If we did a skull blue on the left, it was red on the right. We did not mirror his arms, we just paid careful attention to the layout and it turned out great. We started…

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Tim’s Coi Fish Sleeve

Finally Finished I really love how this turned out. I actually tattooed Tim in 1995. He was dying for a flaming yin-yang around his navel and I obliged. The 90’s were good for shit like that. It was more about the act of getting tattooed than what you got. That was at Iron Age on…

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Randell Body Suit Tattoo

Last Bits Slowly closing up Randell’s Japanese suit. Good Day on Randell. We have been working on his body suit for a decade. This is the last leg…. Ha! The tiger leg might be my favorite. I really like the softness of the grey on his skin. I drew some more background on and got…

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Wes’ Traditional Tattoo Sleeve

Keeping it Light Hearted Wes came with some loose ideas for his sleeves. He liked a few different ideas so we made a list and and went for it. On the list was skulls, Indian heads, mermaids, whiskey, and coffee. With a sleeve like this it is pretty straight forward. Start with the most visible…

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Progress on Amanda

Amanda’s Mermaid session #4 This is the 4th session on Amanda’s Mermaid today. I’m getting all the large sections worked out and slowly getting into the details. I am not too concerned with the cover up. We are still layering up. I like utilizing the bend of the arm in my designs. Here the waist…

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The Japanese Tattoo

The Japanese Tattoo In 1997 and 1998 I visited Japan to tattoo and learn. It was a trip that shaped the rest of my career.  I brought home two suitcases of books that I purchased while traveling. This was a time that “google search” wasn’t invented yet and reference material was  highly sought after. From…

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Tattoos I Tattoodid…

Sometimes I feel so swamped drawing new tattoos for clients that I forget how much I have done. They say if you wanna have self esteem, do something to be esteemed about! I’m posting this as a reminder to lift my head from the grind and appreciate what I do and who I have met.…

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Jake Doty: Nice Guy Hockey Player

    Jacob Doty Age: 22 Hometown: Billings, Montana Occupation: St. Louis Blues, Chicago Wolves Position: Foward “Why I got this tattoo is because I live away from home a lot and wanted something to always remind me of home. Remind me where I came from and never to forget my roots.”     If…

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Frank.

This is the closest I get to a portrait. Franky and Madison have been getting tattooed from me for almost a decade. Here is Franky’s new tattoo! It is a tribute to his love, Madison.   www.matthodeltattoo.com

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Sammie gets her Fix!

Sammie was disappointed with the direction her tattoo was going. She needed someone to cover-up, fix-up, and finish her Elephant! I helped Sammie get a tattoo she is no longer embarrassed by.

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RING TRUE

“Even though hope is dreary, laughter RINGS TRUE through the men.” Captain Ernest Shackleton, 1915. There was a race to the South Pole. From 1900-1914, the last of the courageous explorers were competing for bragging rights. The goal was to be the first to place a flag of their nation on the south pole. Many…

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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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Update!

Pictures of what I have been working on. www.matthodeltattoo.com Vistit my Store!

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Jon is Retired

 This John and Lois.  Jon recently retired from the force.  The first things he did was grew a beard, get tattooed and buy a house in New Orleans.  I think he is off to a good start.  Good luck Jon!!

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