London on Best Ink 107: I feel very strongly that the best artists are left on the competition.
Things might be different if Roman were still here.
When I walked into the recording studio, I felt at home. I've played music most of my life. I designed simple demo art for my previous bands a couple times, but not fully rendered album art. My inspiration for the Flash Challenge was mannequin zombie domination!
I've done a few fun commemorative tattoos of rad artists. I have done a couple of Michael Jackson pieces, a Billy Idol portrait, and some pieces inspired by great artists such as Dali, Munch, Alphonse Mucha, and more. When I found out I was going to be doing a tribute tattoo of Michael Jackson, I was really excited as I am a big fan and have done a few other MJ tattoos before.
As for my inspiration behind the tattoo, Michael is a rare "larger than life" figure in society. He is obviously an icon and somewhat of a glorified man, which to me, is similar to the glorification of religious figures in history. I thought it would be cool to do something like that of a Catholic saint piece of art for this particular tattoo.
I wish I had more time for the Ink Challenge but then we found out Jermaine Jackson was the guest judge. He was the only non-tattoo artist guest judge that I was okay with at that point.
It felt nice to win the Flash Challenge and Ink Challenge this week, but I'm still on edge because Jon and Alexis are excellent artists. I feel like me, Alexis, and Jon are a good representation of the best tattoo artists in the competition. Things might be different if Roman were still here, but I feel very strongly that the best artists are left on the competition.