I decided this year that I wouldn’t really set myself any new years resolutions as too often I just feel pressured and find them too much like a burden when they are reached. So I have decided to keep going just as I am with my work and my art and along the way pick up some new skills. I dabbled a few years ago with tattooing and silversmithing these are the two new skills I would love to hone this year and take my career to a whole new level.
I received a Tattoo machine as a birthday gift two years ago, so I decided to get a few add ons and get to work playing about with it, learning how it all works. Don’t get me wrong I know apprenticeships are for a reason but it’s early days and I have spoken to a few of my tattoo friends and they’re all for me learning this new skill don’t worry I won’t be asking anyone to be permanently scarred by me just yet. I’m sticking with my trusty fake skin and doodling to my hearts content.
Above is my first ever attempt at shading I’m rather pleased with it and I feel a load more confident after spending a few hours getting use to the new weight of the machine and allowing myself to learn. As someone who has around 12 tattoos dotted about my body I love the prospect of being able to develop my skills to the point I feel pretty confident. So it’s nice to start the year developing myself as an artist and being able to use do something with all those years of drawing tattoos on paper and if I learned anything from 2015 is that life is too short not to give something a shot!
Resolutions I find are things I write down as would be nice to do but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t complete them, good to not be so hard on yourself but at the same time I think I need to be a but less afraid of failing and a bit more proactive. Have you given yourself things you’d like to get better at in 2016?