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Handling your backgrounds, Part 1.
Saturday December 07, 2013
One of the most often overlooked aspects of art on skin, paper or canvas (on nearly a myriad of things) is the background. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen an artist struggle with finishing off a piece be...
Thursday November 21, 2013
So, I have been known to ramble quite a bit, especially when it comes to tattooing in art, and I have about a million (or so) points of advice I'd like to start posting. Most of them are technical, or abstract...
Monday September 30, 2013
Tuesday September 24, 2013
Thats right! Sunday Oct 20th at 8pm EST, we will be broadcasting live my seminar...
Monday September 23, 2013
Here is some great footage shot and edited by the talented Richie Bulldog. This is me tattooin...
Sunday September 22, 2013
A quick note on tattoo aftercare... At this point I would hope most of you who are collecting tattoos have found an artist or artists who are proficient in applying he tattoos to your skin. With the amount of readily ...
Saturday September 21, 2013
I got to do this Daruma doll yesterday on a client's calf. Here is an excerpt ...
Current and on the horizon
Friday September 20, 2013
Well, with traveling down to a minimum this month and the next, I'm going to open up some free time to start a few more paintings, as well as hopefully film a DVD for a release later this year. Im hoping to have it be a two disc-format wit...
Thursday September 19, 2013
Often times it may seem as though the only tattooing I pursue is black and grey realism or p...
Paradise Tatto Gathering 2013
Wednesday September 18, 2013
This past weekend Off The Map tattoo hosted the 2013 Paradise Tattoo Gathering in Keystone Colorado. It was 4 days of teaching, learning, tattoing and in some cases painting. I can honestly say that this was the best time I've ever h...
Sunday September 08, 2013
Caught a friend walking around today with a several weeks-he...
New Charcoal Rose Available!
Saturday September 07, 2013
My newest Rose, a Charcoal on Tinted is now available in my webstore.
Self Awareness in Tattooing
Sunday September 01, 2013
One of the things that irks me the most (something that also seems to be happening more and more frequently) are artists who cannot or can but refuse to be critical of their own when when compared to the work of their peers. Its really easy to look at hor...
New Original Sketch available for purchase!
Saturday August 31, 2013
I've got a new original charcoal sketch available for purchase. This rose is on...
new charcoal drawing
Thursday August 29, 2013
I had a bit of downtime so i sketched up this rose that will be tattooed at th...
Hell City this past weekend
Wednesday August 28, 2013
Just wanted to say how great of a time I had tattooing, teaching and meeting so many great artists. When you have a collection of top tier and similar tattooers under one roof, the amount of creativity in the air is pretty staggering. I ...
Prints are in!!!
Tuesday August 27, 2013
I have prints of these original works now available in my w...
Recent commission work
Monday August 19, 2013
I recently painted a commission piece for a friend who lost his fater. I'll be posting a time lapse video soon!
Sunday August 18, 2013
Im getting a few more of my original pieces printed up for Hell City and for the webstore. Ill post a complete list when i have a clearer idea of which ones will be available. ...
Paradise Tattoo Gathering Openings
Friday August 16, 2013
I have some space for this year's Paradise Tattoo Gathering in Keystone, Colorado! please feel free to contact me if your'd like to get some work done!
Filming a new tutorial
Thursday August 15, 2013
Often as tattooers and artists we are commissioned by clients to tattoo, point, sketch or draw a portrait from a reference that is less than perfect. Many times the photo is a scanned image from a wallet sized photo, or a photograph that is so...
T Shirt Pre-Sales
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Presales have begun on my Poseidon design tshirt. Printed by the guys at Sullen Clothing, these range f...
Tuesday August 13, 2013
I recently contracted Sullen Clothing to print some tshirts for me. They are a charcoal grey with my "Poseidon" Image n the front. I will have them in the webstore as presales by the end of the day to shit next week. Ill ...
Friday August 09, 2013
I recently completed this Charcoal on Tinted Paper of Ceasar. It's available through my webstore!
Oregon guest spot!
Thursday August 01, 2013
Ill be tattooing at Off The Map Tattoo in Grant's Pass Oregon August 6-10 so if youd like some chair time or want to just say hi, call of stop by the shop!! (541) 244-1141...
Finished a new painting!
Wednesday July 31, 2013
Decens Extinct. 18x26" Oil on Board. Becoming Extinct is the loosely translate...
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) time lapse tattoo
Friday July 26, 2013
I had to disable the sound so that it could be played on mobile devices. Thanks for looking!!!...
Guest Spot OREGON
Monday July 22, 2013
I will be tattooing at Off The Map in Grants Pass Oregon August 6-10. If you...
New Painting---almost complete!
Saturday July 20, 2013
I started a new painting, hopefully to finish it in time for an upcoming group show. Oil on board, 18x22...
Leslie Neilsen photo montage
Saturday July 13, 2013
I found a bunch of in progress shots from a 2010 painting of Leslie Neilsen. The guy is one of the legends and I really dig his character. The painting was 11x14", Oil on Canvas
seminars! Hell City and Paradise Gathering
Tuesday July 09, 2013
Hello Everyone. I'm scheduled to do a couple of seminars at Hell City Phoenix in August and the Paradise Gathering in September. Please Check out their websites and sign up!
Off The Map Guest Spot
Monday July 08, 2013
I've got one of my few guest spots this year coming up! I'll be tattooing at Off The Map tattoo in Grants Pass Oregon from August 6-10th. As of now, my schedule is completely open, so if you'd like to set up some time to get ...
Saturday July 06, 2013
I recently released a book detailing my approach to seeing, understanding and reproducing values in a composition and I truly feel if you're looking to further your work when it comes to realistic pieces, this book will come in handy. 120 ...
Friday July 05, 2013
I was gracioulsy given a prototype footswitch to try out by the crew over at FKIrons. This footswitch easily replaces the "gem" style ive used for the past 10 years. Not only does it have a lower profile (making it easier to ac...
Friday July 05, 2013
So, the good people at http://www.tattoonow.com build me an amazing app for the iPod, iPad and the touch. You can click your ap store button on your phone and search for the keywords "Ian McKown". It's free, and is mo...
Friday June 28, 2013
Kingpin Tattoo Supply is NOW carrying copies of my book, Light and Shadow. They're a great company that I've personally purchased through for many years!
Start of a new painting
Thursday June 27, 2013
I started this commission oil painting last night. This is a rough open grisaille, painted with burnt umber. Below is a pic of the painting including the reference and a short snippet of the painting in action.
Paradise Tattoo Gathering Coverage
Monday June 24, 2013
Somehow I ended up in Ink Fashion's coverage of last years Paradise Tattoo Gathering. Don't forget that this years Gathering is just a few short months away, and I still have a few spots for tattoos and seats in my seminar on Value bas...
In progress back piece
Saturday June 22, 2013
I figured I'd post this in progress pic of a tattoo I'm doing on a fri...
Hell City Seminar!!
Thursday June 13, 2013
Wednesday May 01, 2013
I've got a new tutorial in the lasted issue of Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM)
Check it out!!!
NEW BOOK OUT NOW!!
Tuesday April 02, 2013
My new book, Light And Shadow isn now available. Learn how to approac...
NEW Time Lapse Video- Ian Robert McKown paints Einstein
Saturday December 22, 2012
Tattoo Gift Certificates!
Friday December 14, 2012
FREE 25$ Gift Certificates towards your next tattoo! Jut come down to the tattoo shop and pick one up!
Painting Time Lapse!
Wednesday December 12, 2012
Check out this time lapse video, taken during working on a painting tutorial for the forth coming book!
Finished Earth Mother (4) for another tutorial
Tuesday September 25, 2012
I had the pleasure of starting and finishing this 2x4' panel at this year's Paradise Tattoo Gathering. Look for a step-by-step tutorial in Tattoo Master Magazine, issue #18 due out later this year!