One of the things I love about being a photographer is finding interesting and fascinating subjects that I haven’t photographed. Today was a case in point. I found myself at Full Spectrum Ink for the first time, one of the neighborhood businesses that is, like Famous Mo’s, affected by the Rocklin Road Roundabout Construction Project. I am creating a brochure that all the affected businesses will distribute during the 6 months of road construction in front of our businesses. It was the first time I had seen a tattoo in progress and I immediately knew I had to take photos. Brandon, tattoo artist extraordinaire, and Eric, his client, graciously allowed me to photograph the dragon tattoo that Brandon was inking to Eric’s shoulder.
Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” came to mind as I downloaded the photos. Lisbeth Salander’s dragon tattoo, as described in the book, was a bit more elaborate than this but I must admire Eric for his stamina during the several hour process. Brandon told me that this tattoo would probably take about 6 or 7 hours to create and that it would be done in one sitting. Wow!