I was no stranger to the shop, in theory, having passed it many times and featured work by several artists (reviewable here).
Getting new work done is a cerebral process - I tend to think about it on different levels, and I pieced together a concept of a piece and then matched it up to Adam Suerte, based on what I knew of his style. The fact that I had a gift certificate made it easier, but it was this abbreviated exchange of messages that clinched it:
Me: Are you familiar with the "I'm Just a Bill" character from Schoolhouse Rock?
Adam: Oh yes, I am a product of Schoolhouse Rock and Saturday morning cartoons in general! ... Absolutely, i'd be honored to [do that].
That's all I needed to know that Adam was my guy so we met once to discuss layout and earlier today, the eponymous "Bill" was tattooed on my outer left ankle:
|Photo by Adam Suerte|
Lest you not know what "Bill" is all about, he premiered in 1975 as part of the "America Rock" series is Schoolhouse Rock. Please, enjoy:
To celebrate my new tattoo, Adam has donated a t-shirt for Tattoosday readers:
It's a men's large, and if you post a comment below, or on the Tattoosday Facebook Page, or e-mail your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, you can win this awesome shirt.
The shop is also having a Brooklyn Bridge 130th anniversary group show in a couple weeks, which includes the $30 Brooklyn bridge tattoo specials. More on that when we get closer to the event.
In the mean time, be sure to enter to win the t-shirt by leaving comments.
Thanks to Adam for doing such a great job with the design, and to my friends Ronni, Wayne, Emma and Eric for helping make it all happen!
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