Archive for February, 2010


Our Lady of Guadalupe

“According to official Catholic accounts of the Guadalupan apparitions, during a walk from his home village to Mexico City early on the morning of December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen to sixteen, surrounded by light. This event occurred on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking in the local language of Nahuatl, the Lady asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. From her words, Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. When he told his story to the Spanish bishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the bishop asked him to return and ask the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin then asked Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, even though it was winter when no flowers bloomed. There, he found Castilian roses (which were of the Bishop’s native home, but not indigenous to Tepeyac). He gathered them, and the Virgin herself re-arranged them in his tilma, or peasant cloak. When Juan Diego presented the roses to Zumárraga, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe miraculously appeared imprinted on the cloth of Diego’s tilma.” – wikipedia



I did this tattoo about two years ago. I love doing dragon tattoos. Dragons are probably the main reason that I wanted to start tattooing. This dragon design is based of off a Henning Jørgensen print. Henning Jørgensen is the best tattoo artist in the world, as far as I’m concerned. I would love to meet him and get a big piece done by him.

This tattoo is on a great client. He came in consistently for two months. A tattoo like this takes a lot of time and pain. So when we got to this point he was ready for a break. I hope that someday I can continue on this tattoo. I would like to add background and finishing the talons. I imagine swirls of clouds, wind bars and lightning.

If you would like to get a dragon and/or any other Japanese tattoos please contact me. Thank you.


Anchor of my Soul

Hey Nic,

Whats up? Here are some of the pictures that Doe took the other day.
I wanted to post them on my blog:
Only when I went to post them I was having a hard time remembering exactly how we went about coming up with the designs and what these tattoos mean to you.
I was wondering if you could give me some words to help make this post better and more complete.

Hey Dan,
Thanks for the pictures! They look great.

I kinda get a vision of what I want when I read the bible and these are themes that I have incorporated from the bible into traditional tattoo art. Not trying to overwhelm the art, but I am singularly influenced by the unique message of the bible and the life of Christ. I want my tattoos to represent who I am and being a Christian they should represent the teachings of the bible. The forearm one represents the power of love over death. Its represents how the Love of Jesus raised him from the dead as the heart(a sign of love) is coming out of the coffin(a sign of death). But its not a lovey dovey heart, but a real heart with depth beauty and rawness to it representing how life is beautiful but raw and not pretty sometimes.

The arm is simply the light shining through the darkness for all passing by to be warned about. The gospel is a warning of the dangers to come just like a lighthouse warns ships passing by that if they continue down that trail peril will meet them. And its got the anchor to represent the security that the Christian life brings, hence, ‘anchor of my soul’ talking about Jesus. I like that phrase because its not ‘I AM CHRISTIAN’ because I dont want to offend anybody by being rude with my beliefs but I also cant separate them from who I am.

So I hope that helps. Sorry if it sounds preachy I dont mean to be, but in a sense we all preach something. Take what helps you. If you need more let me know.

Take it easy! See you soon! Stoked to see things seem to be going well!



Heart, Mind & Soul

This tattoo was a cool way to represent heart, mind and soul. Patrick came to me with this idea and let me run with it. He already had this concept tattooed on his other forearm, but I took this tattoo in a completely different direction. I had a lot of fun with this tattoo, especially the brain. Over the last couple years we’ve almost completed Patrick’s sleeve (which consists of a large traditional anchor, a geisha and a samurai). Unfortunately he lives in New York, so I don’t get to tattoo him very often. Thank you, Patrick. We’ll finish soon, I promise.


The Traditional Dagger

This tattoo is on a good friend of mine. He decided on getting this dagger tattoo after looking at my painting for hours and hours while getting other tattoos. At the time I was on a huge dagger kick, drawing and tattooing them every day. So naturally I was very excited when he wanted this tattoo.  I don’t have the greatest photo of this tattoo but I will post the painting in the near future. So if you’re looking for a traditional dagger tattoo, hit me up…

I enjoy doing large custom tattoos and paintings. I work at True Love Tattoo in Berkeley, Ca
Please send me an email if you are interested in my art

The Dirty Rigs