Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Jeff Williams

It began back in 1995 when Jeff was working on a campaign for Barq's root beer. He saw Christian Clayton's artwork "Sweet Dreams Baby" in an illustration annual and decided he had to get Christian and his brother Rob -- the Clayton Brothers -- to do some posters for Barq's.

Unfortunately the client took the work home one night and showed it to his daughter, she said it scared her, so they killed everything.
They still ended up producing a pretty cool campaign for Barq's, but more importantly Jeff had made a couple of new friends. Both Jeff Williams and his creative partner, copywriter Jeff Kling got the Clayton's working on designs for some tattoo's.

In 1997 they got the Clayton brothers involved in the Miller Genuine Draft campaign they were working on, shooting a few TV spots at one of their art openings. The Clayton brothers managed to scare a whole new set of clients with their art and some of the interesting people that came to the party, so none of those spots ever got on the air, but we did get to air one of the spots of a guy going to a tattoo studio to get a tattoo, his friend meets him outside when he is done with a six of MGD.

All of Jeff's tattoos (except one) are based on paintings by the Clayton brothers. They were all done at the Purple Panther Tattoo studio on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.

The one exception is the girl tattoo, which is a tribute to Jeff's friend Sierra. This tattoo is not finished yet. She is holding jumper cables and the cables run down her leg, but he needs to add the battery charger at the bottom and the words, "A willing helper."

Next time you talk to Jeff, you can get him to tell you what his mom thinks of all his tattoos.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Loren Boggs

The original design for this tattoo is on Loren's boyfriend's arm. She really liked it and a few years later, when she found the original design in a moving box, she decided to get one too. She redrew the design to make it a little different, but basically there is a guy out there with the same design in the same place, so if you see her holding hands with someone who doesn't have this tattoo...

Currently this is her only tattoo, but she is open to more.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Felicia Glover

People often get tattoos at a young age and then regret them. This is one of those stories. At 15, the young and rebellious Felicia had a friend drive her all the way to Fayetteville (where there was a lot of military guys and a lot of tattoo places) so she could get this lovely flower tattoo on the back of her calf. Originally she wanted it on her arm, but the tattoo artist talked her out of it, saying she may regret it later, so it is now tucked away awaiting a possible cover up sometime in the future.

Speaking of cover ups, this beauty on her left arm is not original to the area. When she was 19, Felicia moved to San Francisco and after a couple of drinks she and a friend decided it was time to get a tattoo.

She got a ring of stars that was unfortunately a little crooked and instantly regretted. She was, "unable to wear tank tops for quite a while."

Several years later she moved to Oregon and one of her friends got the Carolina state flag tattooed on his arm. This led to her cover up idea. Originally she wanted the Carolina state bird, but a Cardinal is red and this is not a good cover up color, so she got this bird and made the trees Carolina dogwoods.

Mary Alberque

You know her as the lead singer of Finger Bang City, or possibly she is the producer on the web banners you are currently working on. Either way this girl has some cool ink.

Her first tattoo's were a pair of matching birds on each shoulder. She got them when she was 17 from a friend who is a tattoo artist. He was doing her a favor as she was supposed to be 18 to get a tattoo. Originally they were red, and did not turn out symmetrical. Another friend went back in and turned them blue and balanced them out.

This was the "most painful" of all the tattoos, "the star in the middle of the wrist was the worst." She got this one when she was 20. No big story behind it, she just wanted a girly looking bracelet.

One of the most amazing tattoos I have seen so far. This is a more intricate take on the classic Sailor Jerry Skull Moth tattoo. The work was done by well know Portland artist Lew Hess. Mary added the webbing in the wings and Lew suggested the skulls and peacock antenna coming out of the skull. She got this on Mother's day, but her Mom was not impressed.

When Mary got married her (now ex) husband was a chef and he could not wear a ring at work so they both got a skull and cross bone tattooed on their ring fingers. Love doesn't last forever, but a tattoo...

Mary has a Ramones crest tattooed on her upper leg (or butt -- we let her take that picture). The Ramones "represent more than just my favorite band. I stumbled upon them at a pivotal point in my adolescence; a sort of cognitive hallmark when one begins to consolidate their identity. So it only seems natural to tattoo all of their names on my ass."

She currently has no plans for any more tattoos, but she is open to more if the feeling is right.