New client/friend Patrick (that travels an hour and a half each way for his appointments) was in recently to work on this free hand collaboration of his black and grey half sleeve. if you follow along, there will be more detail added for completion. Thanks for looking. If you would like to share this feel free. ... See MoreSee Less
Finished this free hand tattoo up (with the ability to add on if she'd ever like to) on my friend/client Lindsey recently. I appreciate you taking the time to look at it. Feel free to share with anyone you feel this may be helpful to in the future. ... See MoreSee Less
Before and after pics of a single session cover-up I did recently on a new client/friend. The earth/dolphin tattoo was a tattoo she got when younger from another tattooist. The vibrant flower covering it was done as a collaboration with me to cover the existing tattoo and ensure the possibility that she may add on to it at a later date if she wishes. Feel free to share if you care to. Thanks again for looking... ... See MoreSee Less
A slideshow of recent work on new client/friend Madi's shoulder. We still have some shading/grey tones to do in this one.if you might be interested in seeing the completion, keep checking. If you think this or any other post may help someone you care for, feel free to share. Thanks for looking ... See MoreSee Less
So this father/son duo of new client/friends (son was recommended by his Mrs.) were in recently.... Sort of. I'm behind on posting because if I post more than 2 or 3 things at a time FB seems to limit my exposure. I'm sure it isn't related to ad sales. But this is a free service, so I'm not complaining. I'm just making excuses for being slack about posting. If you share things, I will post more. I promise. It helps me help others. But back to the post, Chris and Bruce were in awhile back and got a mutual tattoo. Both wanted a couple minor differences, but basically wanted the same tattoo. I appreciate that Chris made the effort to come here, as they both don't live in NC. It's always nice when people allow me to be there or help when they share such personal time and special features with those they love. Even if you don't get tattooed together, spend time with your parents when you can. And even sometimes when you think you can't..... ... See MoreSee Less
Reasons I don't do tattoo fundraising (<thinly veiled advertising begging) in no particular order.
1. I'm one guy. Even if I rushed from tattoo to tattoo like other studios that do this kind of pandering for promotion do, how much could I possibly make in one day. I don't rush. And I'm one guy because I care enough about each client that would pass through my doors, not to employ people of a lesser ability, just to take 25-50% of what they could make from tattooing the uninformed or unsuspecting client badly. It exploits the lesser tattooists and the clients that would be in a hurry. 2. Cross contamination. The more people you have lined up, walking in and out of the studio; coupled with tattooists trying to hurry to get to everyone, the greater risk of cross contamination and general health risk to those participating and the community as a whole. 3. I wouldn't care to broadcast all the efforts I might make to help others. Because no matter how much I may be able to do so, I know that others help me as much (if not more) than I could ever give back. Just by virtue of being, those different than myself contribute to the quality of my life. That said, I believe broadcasting is rarely done for the people that may be being helped, but for the ego of those "helping". On some level it might be using the misfortunes of others to elevate oneself. Awareness can happen in so many other ways. 4. Most places that do these publicity stunts know they are limited in time, so they limit the possibilities a client could get for a minimum donation. Forcing (well, using the clients enthusiasm to "help" and get a cheap tattoo against them) those clients to compromise on a decision that will be on them for life. If they know what they usually make on these days, why not just take a scheduled day+walk-ins that day (which would usually be bigger tattoos=more money) and just contribute that day?
So for all of you that share professional posts, make the efforts to come to me and give me trust, and pay me a fair rate, so that I may have time to personally do good things for others; thanks for noticing/supporting me for the right things I will always try to do. Not taking the easy sensational route probably isn't the easiest route, but if you've given the efforts and believed in how/why I do things...thanks for helping me do what I believe is right. P.S. though I have strong opinions about this, I don't care how other businesses burn their name. I post this for those that haven't considered these positions, and I hope I might affect a positive in sharing my thoughts. So there is no need to get a hurried tattoo to be charitable. Find a local thing you want to support and just do it. Even your time might help others. Maybe you won't be able to brag about how "charitable" you are everytime someone asks you why you got your tattoo, but I promise it will still feel good to directly help others. You might even meet good/different people that you wouldn't meet getting a 15 minute tattoo.... ... See MoreSee Less
Dustin ShearinI respect this brother! If I ever chose to get some artwork, I would definitely want your dedication for the best! I hope all is well! I finally finished out my degree over in Abingdon btw!2 · 3 months ago
Taka CooperSounds like you jelly as fuhhhhk2 · 3 months ago
Jody WoodsTaka what planet are you from? Apparently you have not seen his work. I was like most people and trusted local studios to tattoo me when I was young. Being an artist myself and understanding art theory I knew that I had made mistakes in trusting people to do quality work. So by word of mouth I met Cain. So now for the last 10 years or so Cain has cared enough to fix others f ups, and done even more work. Plus has done many on my wife. And his line work is first class and second to none... the first cover up he done still looks as good as the day it was done. The lines are straight, and the points are points. I have not seen your work but I'd bet money that it prob just as bad as the other artist around here that just care about money... I can show plenty of examples of Cains line work. Sorry if I come across a little harsh but it pisses me off when people talk shit when they have no idea what they are even talking about... I watched Cain do hours of line work today on my wife, part of it even on a big scar and it looks amazing as does all of mine and the countless number of people I know he has worked on... just my 2 cents...3 · 3 months ago
Jody WoodsQuality line work over a shitty tattoo where I trusted a local artist with my body.. Cain cared enough to make it better.3 · 3 months ago
Jody WoodsSome pretty damn good line work if you ask me..4 · 3 months ago
Not many things are as bad an idea as spending your tax return on, a bad/hurried tattoo. And lately I've had reminders that we are coming up on tax season and I know that there will be many offers of a "deal" from tattooists trying to get the money the government didn't steal from you, only to charge you a higher rate for other tattoos or any sessions to complete your tattoo outside of their tax season special. So since it's been a few months, here is just a reminder of my consistent pricing structure.
*My rates for a single client 4-7 hour appt. Fri/Sat/Sun is 350$ but if you pay for 2 in advance at the time of consulation, its only 550$. (<that's a 150$ savings for planning ahead). My Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs single client 4-7 hour appts. are 300$ each. If you pay for 2 appointments in advance at the time of consultation, its only 500$. I am currently extending this offer to any client; not just those that live in Wilkes county. This is an open and transparent explanation of how pricing happens for multiple session art. but even smaller work is based on a rate between 65-80$ an hour. Compared to 100-125$ average that most studios charge. That is magazine quality work for much less than most walk-in/less published studios are charging. I also welcome any opportunity to do smaller/less than full session collaborations/art, as those ideas deserve as much care and consideration as larger art does. Feel free to share this with your friends, and as always, calling to schedule a consultation is always best. 8282430850
The thing I appreciate most about tattooing is the trust from loyal clients that make the effort to allow me to help them. By keeping my rates consistent I'm just trying to reciprocate the efforts and trust I'm given aside from the consideration I want to give every tattoo. Thanks for that trust. I can't say it enough. ... See MoreSee Less
Friend/client Jason was in recently (he and Dave *posted below* work together) and he likes bold design theory with hard edges and sharp points. His wife has helped design most of the stuff we have collaborated on. The darkest part of this back tattoo was done (I think), like Dave's below, 10+ years ago. We just added the red recently. It's always a good time working with him. As always, feel free to share this with any friends or loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less
Michael HicksBoth of these guys are friends of mine and Jason has helped me more than I can describe. I've seen your work first hand on them and a few others including will Simmons. I can't believe that I've never met you, but that will change soon. I need some new ink and some cover up work. How you can help with some of the scribbled crap on me. Look forward to meeting you1 · 3 months ago